Inter-Cultural Place-Making, simply put, is an opportunity for stakeholders to come together and develop a collaborative vision for a shared site, space and/or landscape. Broadly put, it is a process that positions cultural leadership, cultural vitality and cultural identity at the center of understanding social, economic and community development.
Inter-Cultural Place-Making is an approach to promoting, creating and sustaining a Community for All People. It is an approach that posits the voices and bodies of Indigenous and marginalized peoples at the fore-front of design initiatives. It also understands that Indigenous and marginalized Peoples possess a cartography of memory connected to place, space and belonging different from others in society. For any organization that is looking to build authentic relationships, promote spaces of safety and comfort while creating meaningful opportunities of social inclusion, economic versatility and community cohesion, then contact Inclusive Voices for more information.
The UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP) describes the right of Indigenous Peoples to maintain, control, protect and develop their cultural heritage, traditional knowledge and traditional expressions of their cultures, including designs, diverse arts practices, literature, languages, historic landscapes and sites/spaces of meaning.
(United Nations, 2007, p.11)
"It was a privilege and a pleasure to work with Terri-Lynn Brennan on the evaluation of a 15-month project to increase Indigenous engagement for the Ottawa Museum Networks 11 member-museums. She was able to combine extensive knowledge and expertise, with a thoughtful understanding of the challenges of making institutional change, and the right amount of inspiration, practical tools and advice."