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

Posters were posted at one end of the foyer of the Kwanlin Dün Cultural Centre throughout most of the conference Tuesday - Wednesday. These were presented at 2 lighting presentations. Abstracts follow:

Presenter: Gillian Nicol

The poster that I would create would outline the Indigenous Community Planning program from a students perspective. It will outline the goals and objectives of the program, courses, and the overall program structure. I will share my story about working with the Tsilhqot’in Nation on their Health Plan under the First Nation Health Authority.

Presenter: Michelle Marteleira

The impacts of climate change are already affecting Canada’s arctic territory of Nunavut in profound ways, and include the reduction of sea ice, degradation of permafrost, coastal erosion, and changing patterns of species migration. Unfortunately, the global impacts of climate change are predicted to manifest most rapidly and acutely in arctic regions and are projected to increase in the coming decades. It is imperative that the territorial government and local communities of Nunavut actively engage in adaptation planning to meet these urgent challenges. This presentation deconstructs the Government of Nunavut’s overarching climate change adaptation policy – Upagiaqtavut: Setting the Course – and will evaluate the plan based on three thematic assessment frameworks, which focus on (1) natural hazards, (2) social vulnerability, and (3) implementation processes. The three-part approach will explore the strengths and weaknesses of Upagiaqtavut as a territory-wide adaptation policy, and makes some recommendations for improving the strategy to foster a more resilient Nunavut.


William Klassen
Agriculture has been practiced in the Yukon since the Klondike Gold Rush. Since that time many Yukoners have continued to grow at least some of their own food in addition to harvesting food from the wild. In the past couple of decades there has been an increase in the amount of arable land being put into agricultural production to provide fresh produce, root vegetables, and white and red meat to Yukon consumers.
A large percentage of the food Yukoners eat is still imported. However, an increasing portion is being produced on Yukon farms. Some of the larger operations are providing consistently high quality Yukon-grown food to the market through Yukon grocery stores. “Farm gate” sales are increasing. Smaller operators and hobby farmers now have the option, in Whitehorse, of selling their surplus production through Farmer Robert’s, a recently opened outlet.
The Yukon Government is in the process of finalizing a “Local Food Strategy” focused on “Encouraging the Production and Consumption of Yukon-Grown Food 2015 – 2020.” The draft strategy engagement document suggests “Providing fresh, healthy, affordable and local food for all Yukoners is integral to maintaining healthy communities and individuals. Establishing a strong local food supply and distribution chain is an effective way to increase the availability of local foods and involve Yukon people in growing and marketing Yukon-grown food and products.”
This presentation will address the value and importance of increasing local food production through relatively small agricultural operations.

 Presenter: Jen Jones

Human health and wellbeing is understood to be an important consideration in the planning and assessment process of a new development, including a highway or mine site.  However, what is propositioned in theory is often challenged in practice.  Assessment mechanisms, while required to consider human health and wellbeing, are challenged to respond to different conceptualizations of health and wellbeing.  As a result, how health and wellbeing are measured and monitored, negative impacts mitigated, and potential benefits identified are impacted. This poster seeks to bring attention to the importance of considering the complex and nuanced drivers that inform Aboriginal concepts of health and wellbeing. These drivers, while diverse and specific to each First Nation, include the historical context of Aboriginal rights, residential school experiences and environmental dispossession.

Presenter: Claudia Haas

As part of national and international reporting requirements, the territories reports to a national database on protected areas. This database called the Conservation Areas Reporting and Tracking System (CARTS) is managed by the Canadian Council on Ecological Areas (CCEA) and is the authoritative source of protected areas in Canada. Each jurisdiction provides their standardized data based on the guidance provided by the CCEA to help interpret and apply in a Canadian context the international standards for protected areas categories and management provided by the World Conservation Union (IUCN). This poster will showcase the CARTS information for the northern territories while also providing information on the ongoing and next steps in protected areas planning for the territories.

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