Images from the Conference

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

Biographies and links for each presenter.

Nik started his professional career with the Forest Management Institute and later moved to the Lands Directorate of Environment Canada. He took a leading role in bringing broad ecological thinking to the Government of Canada in the developing field of land mapping of ecosystems. Nik was behind the creation of ecological maps for some of Canada’s most noted parks, including mapping the vegetation of Gatineau Park.

In the 1980s, Nik was recruited by Parks Canada and initiated their fire management programme that ensures healthy ecosystems in the national parks. Nik also played an important role in helping Russia develop their protected areas programme.

In 2001, Nik became the Director General of National Parks. He was responsible for monitoring the ecological integrity programme and the Species at Risk Act, and earned a reputation as a champion of conservation.

Since the 2005 IUCN World Conservation Congress in Bangkok, Nik was elected Chair of the IUCN World Commission on Protected Areas (WCPA). During his time as Chair, IUCN WCPA has influenced the CBD by becoming their principal advisor on the Programme of Work on Protected Areas. Nik has promoted the importance of youth and has supported efforts to ensure that there is increased awareness and understanding of the value and role of protected areas in meeting such global challenges as combating climate change and desertification.

In Feb 2012, Nik was honored with the J.B. Harkin Award yesterday for his life-long commitment to Canadian conservation. The award, named after the “Father of National Parks” J.B. Harkin, honors individuals who have made significant contributions to the conservation of Canada’s parks and wilderness. More recently, Nik was awarded the Gold Leaf Award by the Canadian Council for Ecological Areas and a medal from the Brandwein Institute for his life-long work in conservation.

Events:

Break-out Session 1: Planning for Change – Values & Protected Areas

Tuesday, February 16, 2016.   11:00 - 12:30

Optional Workshop: The Conservation Economy Potential in Canada’s North – an Exploratory Panel Discussion

Thursday, February 18, 2016. 9:00 - 12:00

Dan Paleczny is a specialist in protected area planning and management. He has worked for over 30 years in the public and private sectors in Canada and internationally. Dan is currently Director of Yukon Parks, and teaches land use planning in the University of Alberta/Yukon College BSc program.

Events:

Break-out Session 1: Planning for Change – Values & Protected Areas

Tuesday, February 16, 2016.   11:00 – 12:30  

Break-out Session 2: Planning Methods - Engaging and Building Trust

Tuesday, February 16, 2016.   3:30 – 5:00

Frank Duerden is Adjunct Professor in Geography at the University of Victoria and associate with ArcticNorth Consulting. Experience includes work on land claims and land-use planning in northern Canada, Maori resource rights, and land-use planning in northern Russia. Early in his career he advised the Council for Yukon First Nations as the Yukon Land Use Planning Agreement was negotiated.

Events:

Break-out Session 1: Governance - The Planning Context

Tuesday, February 16, 2016.   11:00 - 12:30    

   

Website:
www.arctic-north.com/portfolio/frank-duerden/

Frances Dietrich-O’Connor is an environmental planner with experience conducting land use and occupancy and oral history studies and providing BEAHR land use planning training. She has worked on projects in the Northwest Territories, northern Ontario, and northern Manitoba. Frances is a candidate member of the Canadian Institute of Planners.

Events:

Break-out Session 1: Governance - The Planning Context

Tuesday, February 16, 2016.   11:00 - 12:30

Website:
sharedvaluesolutions.com

Frances Dietrich-O'Connor -- Social Research & Community Development, M.Sc., Shared Value Solutions.

Danièle Héon is a professional geologist who was intimately involved with land use planning as Yukon Government's mineral assessment geologist between 1995 and 2001, using a variety of assessment methodologies and feeding the results in various land use planning initiatives.

Her main motivation was to contribute to a balanced process in the development and implementation of democratic land use planning. Since then, she has been a keen observer of the evolution of land use planning in the Yukon and has participated to public consultation as a private citizen.

Events:

Break-out Session 1: Governance - The Planning Context

Tuesday, February 16, 2016.   11:00 - 12:30           

Websites:
www.yukonprospectors.ca
www.danieleheon.com