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Indigenous architects design a sovereign future – Now Toronto

As Canada implements a National Housing Strategy, post-secondary schools are creating more room for Indigenous design thinking

October 18, 2018

If an Indigenous architect designs a Burger King, does that make it an Indigenous Burger King?

While it sounds like a set-up without a punchline, it’s a valid question for the small group of approximately 18 registered Indigenous architects across Canada.

“The difference between Indigenous and non-Indigenous design,” explains David Fortin, who is Métis and director of the McEwen School of Architecture at Laurentian University, “is a process of working with communities and expressing their cultures through a lens of a person who has an Indigenous world view. And that differs depending on the person.”

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