Images from the Conference

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

Presenter: Savannah Zachary - School of Community & Regional Planning, University of British Columbia

The urban landscape is changing in the north. With more economic opportunities drawing families and individuals to larger communities, there is potential to become disengaged from their roots. The influences behind the change in the urban landscape are caused by the climate, a different social environment and population movement. Aboriginal communities make up a large portion of the population in the north. Being in an urban environment can limit access to traditional ways of food harvesting and lifestyle.

Youth that come to cities often become disengaged from traditional knowledge, culture and activities on the land. Culture, language, and knowledge are interconnected; when one is lost, others are at risk of a similar fate. Having green houses and programs that are designed to address these issues in northern communities can help aboriginal youth learn and foster traditional ways of food harvesting and plant knowledge. Garden environments are fertile spaces for the cross-pollination of ideas, skills and personal growth. This is also an opportunity to connect with elders and knowledge keepers that can provide intergenerational knowledge. These greenhouses will be grounded in the indigenous perspective that we derive wellness and community from relationship and interaction with land and territory. We can also link this with the growing trend in North American cities to develop urban farming skills. Not only is this helpful for aboriginal people to connect with each other, it also connects them with the larger North American societal trends.