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"

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.