The Plan

As part of the JSB forming agreements, the JSB staff was assigned to develop a Master Plan for the Red Hill Valley. This Master Plan is developed based on the three principles of the JSB, Respect, Trust, and Friendship, in the overall land use management of the Red Hill Valley.

Master Plan Principles

The JSB has drawn upon the following sources of knowledge and morality in order to rethink stewardship:

Haudenosaunee Naturalized Knowledge System: By being in the same place for thousands of years, people have adapted to that area and know that area well. As they adapt, they gain knowledge, intense knowledge of that system. Our culture is derived from the basic understandings. They also have methods to transfer that knowledge from one person to another, from one group to another and from one generation to another. Thus the knowledge becomes part of their tradition, identity and daily practice.

Precautionary Principle: When an activity raises threats of harm to human health or the environment, precautionary measures should be taken even if some cause and effect relationships are not fully established scientifically. In this context the proponent of an activity, rather than the public, should bear the burden of proof. It must also involve an examination of the full range of alternatives, including no action.

The Natural Step – Natural Step Canada is a non-profit organization providing results orientated training services to help community and business leaders integrate social, environmental and economic decision making into their operations with a holistic, proven and scientifically-rigorous framework and will provide advise in the development of a Integrated Community Sustainability Plan (ICSP) for the red Hill valley.

Master Plan Strategy

The Master Plan would be a unique document, politically, socially and legally. To each side, it represents an opportunity to bring to planning a different set of values; to challenge basic assumptions about how and why choices are made; to work with different horizons and responsibilities.

The Master Plan for the Valley seeks to understand the relationship between the people and the other living things with whom we share this place. As the Plan seeks to reconcile a continuing human presence and future with not only survival but flourishing of natural partners, it makes a statement about who we are, and what we are doing here.

We have spent two and one half years researching and developing Master Plan Strategy that will presented for public engagement next year.

This Plan is important because it sets an example for other kinds of planning:

It is different because it was made in a different way – through partnerships.

It is different because it incorporates different principles from other plans.

It is different because it asks different questions and sets different standards.

It is different because it adopts a different horizon, one based upon the seven-generation strategy.