2020 Inclusive Voices Inc.

Why Inter-Cultural Planning and Why is it Important?

Inter-Cultural Planning is a strategic process which illuminates and gives significance to the values, material and process dimensions of diverse cultures, with a focus on those cultures often overlooked and undervalued in society. By acknowledging, accepting and embracing different cultures and identities in processes that inform thinking, policies and programs, public and private corporations and agencies become more acceptable and legitimate to clients, communities and partners.

Inter-Cultural Planning embeds the concept of pluralism into the process of emphatically embracing diversity, while actively crossing and interweaving cultural lines for the betterment of the broader community. A key focus of Inter-Cultural Planning for Inclusive Voices Inc, is the intentional encounter and commitment to the inclusion of Indigenous Cultures into the planning process.


Indigenous Culture, much like all global cultures, can be multi-defined and represent multiple dimensions.  But at its core, Indigenous Culture represents a sense of place that emphasizes personal values (most often identified as courage, honesty, humility, love, respect, trust and wisdom) and identity. Indigenous Culture represents the material products of creative processes and the oral products of creative imaginings, stories, teachings and visions, as well as individual and group engagement with, and participation in, creative and oral processes.

In Canada, First Nations, Métis and Inuit peoples are the fastest growing population, 15% more per annum, than the non-Indigenous population, and they constitute the fastest growing segment of Canadian cities, with close to 60% of 1.4 million Indigenous peoples now living in urban centers.1

In the United States, the statistics show similar results, with the American Indian/Alaska Native population exceeding the growth rate of the non-American Indigenous population by about 10% each year, and over 71% of all American Indigenous people are now living in cities and urban areas. 2, 3

Therefore, integrating an Inter-Cultural Lens into your Strategic Plans will empower your staff and corporation to meet the evolving needs of global engagement and social innovation networks.

Whether you are looking to:

  • Build Indigenous content into your strategic or cultural plan;

  • Create a business plan that is inclusive of Indigenous agencies;

  • Establish policies that are infused with Indigenous knowledges;

  • Adopt an Indigenous and diverse cultural lens to managing projects;

  • Strengthen networks and partnerships with Indigenous agencies; or

  • Evaluate Indigenous inclusion in ongoing programs exhibits, and infrastructure


Inclusive Voices Inc. will,

  • Assist your corporation to build their capacity for integrated inter-cultural mapping, business modelling and strategic planning;

  • Provide welcoming engagement strategies between Indigenous agencies and non-Indigenous agencies;

  • Align the creative cultural capital objectives of your agency to qualify for and be successfully award diverse funding opportunities;

  • Introduce a framework for standards to measure achievements, and monitor inter-cultural outcomes to satisfy diverse stakeholders.

1 https://www.aadnc-aandc.gc.ca/eng/1100100014265/1369225120949

2 http://www.ncai.org/about-tribes/demographics

3 https://www.census.gov/prod/cen2010/briefs/c2010br-10.pdf