Images from the Conference

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

9:30am – 10:30am 16 Tuesday

KDCC – Longhouse
Laurence Smith
The following Keynote Address is unavailable, but see interview here.

In this all encompassing talk, accompanied by stunning photographs and graphics, Laurence Smith presents a balanced, politically neutral based projection of what the world might look like in ten years' time, should current global trends in (1) population demographics, (2) resource demand, (3) economic globalization, and (4) climate change continue their current trajectories. The first part of the talk ("The Push") identifies key global pressures and trends, for example in urbanization, population aging, energy technology, water supply, immigration, and the rising economies of China, India and the developing world. The second part ("The Pull") describes the emergence of a new geographic region, which he coins the "Northern Rim", comprised of Canada, the northern United States, Greenland/Denmark, Iceland, Norway, Sweden, Finland, and the Russian Federation (called the Northern Rim Countries or NORCs). These eight northern countries and their surrounding seas will experience profound transformation over the next 10 years, making the Northern Rim a place of rising human activity and global strategic value relative to today. A fascinating, cross-disciplinary talk, Smith gives audiences a glimpse into the future, and describes the world that we will leave to our children and grandchildren. One that is wholly different from the world we know today.