Sidewalk Labs criticized over ‘blatant insincerity’ of Indigenous consultation process

A scathing open letter released Friday demands Waterfront Toronto “reevaluate its relationship” with Google’s sister company Sidewalk Labs over what it calls a “manipulation of the public consultation process” and “blatant insincerity” in the company’s approach to Indigenous consultation on the planned smart-city development of Toronto’s eastern waterfront.

The letter, written by Elder Duke Redbird, a Toronto-based Indigenous artist, educator, poet and activist, and Calvin Brook, co-founder at architecture and Indigenous design studio BrookMcIlroy, expressed concerns over the consultation process held by Waterfront Toronto and Sidewalk Labs on the waterfront development, as well as Sidewalk Labs’ final plan, according to a copy obtained by The Logic.

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