Cities for
Seven Generations

How do you see your city? Urban streetscape showing end and side of red graffiti-covered building in foreground, sidewalk and intersection in background. In the top left corner a small balcony with flowering plants can be seen. (c) Lisa Ditschun

The central question of the Cities for Seven Generations research is: how do we make our cities better?


A google search on this phrase gets you 2.5 billion results in milliseconds. A scan of those results reveals multiple ‘Top 10’ lists, and maybe an article or two on how to revitalize Main Street. 

These solutions, besides being uninspired, lack the ability to make broad changes through systems-level interventions because they don’t demonstrate an understanding of how the interrelations of culture, race, gender, economics and politics affect the level of benefit someone experiences in any given system. 

What is C47G?

Cities for Seven Generations is an academic and community research initiative, based in Toronto and at Trent University in Peterborough Ontario. 

This research is focused on co-developing community-oriented, regenerative solutions that make our cities equitable, kind, inclusive and resilient. 

The principles of this work are enmeshed in holistic worldviews from multiple Indigenous Nations, and this research aims to redefine: 

  1. What it means to be an urban community
  2. The concept of city commons
  3. City governance systems 
  4. How cities adapt and respond to climate change

Research Commitments

Seven Generations refers to Haudenosaunee Teachings that tell us the decisions we make today should benefit those 7 generations into the future. These teachings form part of Kaianere’kó:wa, the Great Law of Peace. 

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