Images from the Conference

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

Presenter: Kelsey Taylor - Indigenous Community Planner, University of British Columbia

This poster explores ways that Indigenous youth are getting involved in planning processes, and in governance. As many Indigenous communities undertake Comprehensive Community Plans and other types of planning processes, youth are increasingly becoming a significant aspect of these plans in the North and in the rest of Canada. While youth are a significant proportion of the population of Indigenous communities, especially in the North, there is little information to date on the inclusion of youth in planning surrounding Indigenous self-governance. The poster draws on the researcher’s personal planning practice in Indigenous Community Planning. The poster utilizes knowledge gained from participatory action research, workshop facilitation, and community engagement.  These methods are used to look at the ways that youth are involved in planning, governance, and the future of their communities. The poster consciously gives ownership of the materials produced to the Indigenous youth participants. The poster presents guidelines on Indigenous youth engagement in the face of the many challenges in contemporary Indigenous governance. The guidelines, created in collaboration with Indigenous communities, suggest that youth empowerment and leadership is integral to the planning processes of Indigenous communities in the North and elsewhere.