Images from the Conference

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

Presenter: Michelle Sicotte - Fish and Wildlife Planner, Government of Yukon, BSc., MSc.

Collaboratively developing fish and wildlife management priorities in First Nation traditional territories across Yukon is key for the conservation of fish, wildlife, and habitats. Using collective decision making and consensus building to reflect regional needs and concerns is important for building local support and capacity for fish and wildlife management.Community-based fish and wildlife work plans are one way that Yukon government, Yukon First Nation governments, and renewable resources councils come together to identify and prioritise fish and wildlife management priorities in traditional territories. Guided by the spirit and intent of the First Nation Final Agreements, we have over 20 years’ experience developing these work plans across Yukon.We use a range of tools to understand needs and concerns among community members including written and online surveys, focus groups, community meetings, and open houses. Input is summarized and what we heard is reflected back to the community. Using consensus building workshops we collectively consider local input, traditional knowledge, and scientific data to develop a shared vision for fish and wildlife management in a First Nation’s traditional territory for the next five years. Through this presentation I will share lessons learned in community-based fish and wildlife planning, and explore where we hope these plans will take us in the future.