Images from the Conference

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

The final day of the conference consisted of three optional workshops. Preregistration was required and space was limited. The workshops provided conference delegates the opportunity to learn more about a particular subject area, practice planning technique and see firsthand the results of planning around the city of Whitehorse. All workshops were three hours long and were facilitated. The name of the workshop, the name of the facilitator(s) and a description of the workshop are as follows:

Facilitator (s): Mike Ellis Senior Planner at the City of Whitehorse, MCI., RPP & Ben Campbell Planner at City of Whitehorse, MCIP

Description: See some examples of new and old development, talk about history, aesthetic standards, zoning, trail planning and consultation in the oldest residential part of Whitehorse.

Facilitator(s): John Glynn-Morris Cottongrass Consulting Group, BA., MRES

Description: Participants will explore case studies, learn new techniques, and leave with a practical understanding of the IAP2 framework and tips for effective public engagement.

Increasingly, decision-making requires public engagement. Do you also find this a complex and frustrating part of planning? You are not alone. The International Association for Public Participation (IAP2) is the global leader in public engagement. IAP2 is rooted in seven Core Values and provides a practical framework to plan and deliver effective public engagement. Increasingly, planners and decision-makers are looking to IAP2 to guide the public engagement component of planning. Students will explore case studies, learn new techniques, and leave with a practical understanding of the IAP2 framework and tips for how to plan for effective public engagement.

Panelists: Iain Davidson-Hunt Ph.D., RPP, Professor at the Natural Resources Institute of the University of Manitoba, Nik Lopoukhine Former Chair of the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) World Commission on Protected Areas, B.Sc., M.Sc, Suzanne Hall Tourism Coordinator, Destination Deliné, BSW, Douglas Neasloss Resource Stewardship Director, Council Coastal First Nations Great Bear Initiative (BC), Bill Kendrick- Special Projects Coordinator, Tr’ondëk Hwëch’in Land and Resources Branch & Bill Trerice – Traditional Economy Specialist.

Facilitator: Claudia Haas - Government of the Northwest Territories, Environment and Natural Resources

Description: It is envisioned that a Conservation Economy strives to support vibrant, sustainable, healthy communities through promoting the economic potential inherent in indigenous ways of life.

It can also support a variety of recreational opportunities and may champion the continued subsistence activities of local residents. The development of such an economy takes time and commitment, but once established can persist over the long-term. A Conservation Economy is meant to be complementary with other economic interests, as part of a larger array of regional economic potential.

This panel discussion explored the practical experiences and theoretical perspectives behind creating a Conservation Economy and how that may be integrated within a broader land use planning and protected areas planning regime in the North. The concept has yet to be clearly defined in a Northern context; therefore, session participants will be engaged in a dialog intended to envision a Northern Conservation Economy, by exploring best practice examples from other jurisdictions focusing on their key objectives, principles, economic opportunities, and the collaborative interdisciplinary approaches used to meet objectives. Examples of what has worked (and not worked) in other jurisdictions were introduced and how they can be best adapted and applied in the North was the topic of discussion.

Speakers include a panel of Northern and National practitioners and researchers working in the field of Conservation Planning, Protected Areas, Community Development and Tourism.