This thesis applies the theory of the right to the city (Lefebvre, 1991), and the concept of social inclusion (Burchardt, Le Grand, & Piachaud, 2002) to argue that access to public space impacts the level of inclusion experienced by Aboriginal peoples in Edmonton.
This work begins with an overview of the historical discourses that depict Aboriginal peoples as out of place in urban society, and presents the contemporary realities of urban Aboriginal communities. This is followed by the identification of six elements that distinguish the urban Aboriginal community from reserve based
communities and other visible minority urban residents. Lastly, information from focus groups with Aboriginal people and interviews with organizational representatives are used to consider Aboriginal peoples engagement in the decision making processes related to the design, use and management of space; identify barriers to inclusion; and explore the mechanisms used by Aboriginal people to appropriate space within their communities.