Images from the Conference

Dr. Laurence C. Smith
gives a keynote address on "the New North: the World in 2050"
An engaging poster area
posters were also presented at lighting talks
Chief Joachim Bonnetrouge
on the lessons learned drafting the Decho Land Use Plan
singing at the Gala
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Cooking Up Ideas
an ice-breaking activity
Dakhká Khwáan Dancers
at the Gala
Dr. Laurence C. Smith
gives a keynote address on "the New North: the World in 2050"
One of many breakout sessions
at the "Artist Studio"
Sarah Reid
on indigenous climate change adaptation planning
Ed Peekakoot
fiddling at the Gala
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Jeff Cook
speaks to a packed house on the second keynote address
A Full House in the Longhouse
a keynote address draws a full house with about 200 attendees
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The Next Generation of Planners
posing by a dugout canoe
Council Director Ron Cruikshank
presenting his experience developing the Gwich'in Regional Land Use Plan
Wilbur Smarch
talking about the legacy of Indian Residential Schools
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Michael Barrett
on the Nunavik experience with regional planning and protected areas
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Iain Davidson-Hunt
makes a point
Council Chair Patrick Rouble
giving the opening message
Dan Paleczny
giving his perspectives on transboundary land use planning

Biographies and links for each presenter.

Scott Paszkiewicz has been the Executive Director/Senior Planner for the Sahtu Land Use Planning Board since June 2012. Previously he worked on regional watershed planning initiatives as an environmental planner in the Midwestern United States. He studied ecology at the University of Illinois and rural and regional planning at Western Illinois University.

Laura Cabott is a lawyer who has spent seventeen years representing former residential school students in legal claims. Her work has taken her across the North to all three Territories and Northern British Columbia.  She was also a negotiator and signatory of the Indian Residential Schools National Settlement Agreement in 2006. As well, she has made an award winning film about residential schools.

Scott Slocombe is Professor in the Department of Geography and Environmental Studies, Wilfrid Laurier University. His research has focused on different aspects of the management of large complex regions, including ecosystem-based management, regional planning, and environmental assessment for almost thirty years. Northern Canada, the Yukon, and other remote and/or mountainous regions have been the key locale for all that time.

Ian Robertson of Inukshuk Planning & Development is the former Chair of the Yukon Land Use Planning Council. He has been Regional Planning Director in Yukon and NWT and is northern Canada’s longest practising planner. Over a 42 year career Ian has been involved in all facets of community planning, regional development and land claim implementation.