Images from the Conference

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

Presenter: Sam Skinner, M.Sc. – Senior Planner, Yukon Land Use Planning Council

Co-presenter: Shawn Francis - Principal, S. Francis Consulting Inc

The North Yukon land use plan is the only approved regional plan in Yukon. Its land use designation system is based on different levels of two cumulative effects indicators: direct surface disturbance and linear density. The Dawson Regional Planning Commission wanted to determine: 1) if the concepts used in North Yukon were relevant to the land use situation in the Dawson Planning Region, and 2) if the cumulative effects indicator levels used in North Yukon were relevant to their land uses. To assist the Commission answer these questions, existing and plausible future levels of the two cumulative effects indicators were explored in the Dawson Planning Region. Though many land uses co-exist, four sectors were identified as requiring consideration: forestry, placer mining, quartz (hard rock) mining, and oil and gas activity. Domain experts from these four industries were consulted to develop parameters describing two plausible levels of development (lower and higher) for a 20-year future period. For each sector, domain experts reported anticipated levels of activity and their potential locations. These parameters were used to guide the manual addition of human disturbance features in a GIS to spatially “grow” the expected disturbances created by each industry. For each Landscape Management Unit, the projected future disturbance levels were then compared with existing levels. In addition to examining the potential relevance of the North Yukon indicators, these methods were also found useful to identify areas that could be expected to receive higher levels of future land use.