Images from the Conference

Planning the New North
Wilbur Smarch
talking about the legacy of Indian Residential Schools
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
Dr. Laurence C. Smith
gives a keynote address on "the New North: the World in 2050"
Dr. Laurence C. Smith
gives a keynote address on "the New North: the World in 2050"
Ed Peekakoot
fiddling at the Gala
Planning the New North
A Full House in the Longhouse
a keynote address draws a full house with about 200 attendees
Planning the New North
One of many breakout sessions
at the "Artist Studio"
An engaging poster area
posters were also presented at lighting talks
Cooking Up Ideas
an ice-breaking activity
Iain Davidson-Hunt
makes a point
Dan Paleczny
giving his perspectives on transboundary land use planning
singing at the Gala
Planning the New North
The Next Generation of Planners
posing by a dugout canoe
Dakhká Khwáan Dancers
at the Gala
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
Jeff Cook
speaks to a packed house on the second keynote address
Sarah Reid
on indigenous climate change adaptation planning

Presenter: Amanda Taylor - Land Use Planner, Ta'an Kwäch'än Council, MA

Planners coordinate - that's our job. However, due to myriad factors, this activity is often pushed to the side of our desks in favour of higher priority items that have more immediate results. Why is coordination becoming increasingly difficult in a field that depends on it? My Masters thesis contributed to a three-year study aimed at identifying coordination barriers and strategies across Canadian municipalities. Studies show how shared benefits through joint action can result from coordination. Resource constraints including staff turnover, lack of time and finances are common barriers to coordination. Factors contributing to coordination include staff buy-in, a common organizational vision, relationship-building and even working in closer proximity to colleagues to foster easier communication. Findings from this study are important for northern planners due to the frequency of intergovernmental collaboration between First Nation, municipal and federal governments.