Images from the Conference

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

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: Lisa Walker - Natural Resources Legislative Advisor and Negotiator, Forest Management branch, Government of Yukon

A Forest Resources Management Plan is a strategic level forest management plan that provides guidance to forest resources management within a region of Yukon. An FRMP provides guidelines on forest harvesting and identifies areas where harvesting may occur. It can also provide forest management recommendations relating to habitat, access management, timber and non-timber values. FRMPs originate from First Nations Final Agreements and Yukon’s Forest Resources Act. The FRMP Joint Planning Committee includes representation from Yukon Government and First Nations who’s Traditional Territory falls within the planning boundary. In addition to FN Final Agreements, forest management is regulated by the Yukon Forest Resources Act (FRA). The FRA was developed in by Yukon First Nations, Renewable Resource Councils and Yukon government. The purpose, contents, and process for Forest Resources Management Plans are also set out in the FRA. There are approved Forest Resources Management Plans in Dawson, Haines Junction and Teslin, which were all developed collaboratively with First Nations and RRCs. The current Whitehorse and Southern Lakes FRMP is a partnership between the Carcross / Tagish First Nation, Kwanlin Dün First Nation, the Ta'an Kwäch'än Council and Yukon Government. Two renewable resource councils participate in the process, Carcross / Tagish RRC and Laberge RRC. When the Joint Planning Committee is finished their work, they will recommend.

Presenter: Savannah Zachary - School of Community & Regional Planning, University of British Columbia

The urban landscape is changing in the north. With more economic opportunities drawing families and individuals to larger communities, there is potential to become disengaged from their roots. The influences behind the change in the urban landscape are caused by the climate, a different social environment and population movement. Aboriginal communities make up a large portion of the population in the north. Being in an urban environment can limit access to traditional ways of food harvesting and lifestyle.

Youth that come to cities often become disengaged from traditional knowledge, culture and activities on the land. Culture, language, and knowledge are interconnected; when one is lost, others are at risk of a similar fate. Having green houses and programs that are designed to address these issues in northern communities can help aboriginal youth learn and foster traditional ways of food harvesting and plant knowledge. Garden environments are fertile spaces for the cross-pollination of ideas, skills and personal growth. This is also an opportunity to connect with elders and knowledge keepers that can provide intergenerational knowledge. These greenhouses will be grounded in the indigenous perspective that we derive wellness and community from relationship and interaction with land and territory. We can also link this with the growing trend in North American cities to develop urban farming skills. Not only is this helpful for aboriginal people to connect with each other, it also connects them with the larger North American societal trends.

Presenter: Pierre Vernier - University of Alberta, Renewable Resources

The Canadian BEACONs Project has developed a science-based framework to support proactive planning in large, dynamic landscapes. A fundamental component of this framework is adaptive management supported by ecological benchmarks.  To support the implementation of this framework, and the identification of ecological benchmarks, we have developed a suite of custom tools and datasets, as well as websites for hosting analyses.  Here, we highlight three map- and web-based products developed for the boreal regions of Canada and Alaska.  These products will be publicly available and have potential to support many aspects of land-use planning.
1) We have assembled a suite of boreal-wide datasets with consistent projection, scale, and resolution to identify and assess representation of potential benchmark areas. The datasets were created from recent and reliable data including anthropogenic disturbance, biophysical features, climate, and species models.
2) We have developed two value-added data products. Water catchments are approximate drainage areas for stream segments that support evaluation of landscape hydrology. Catchment datasets have been developed at two scales (1:1million and ~1:50,000). Minimum Dynamic Reserves (MDR) are size estimates for benchmarks designed to incorporate natural disturbance and maintain ecological processes.  Fire-based MDRs have been estimated for all ecoregions intersecting the boreal region of Alaska and Canada.
3) Websites have been designed to communicate the results of analyses and enable data sharing. These websites are generated automatically to facilitate regular updating. Dynamic html reports including embedded computer code, datasets, tables, graphs and maps, enable users to explore the results in relation to input datasets.

Presenter: Amanda Taylor - Land Use Planner, Ta'an Kwäch'än Council, MA

Planners coordinate - that's our job. However, due to myriad factors, this activity is often pushed to the side of our desks in favour of higher priority items that have more immediate results. Why is coordination becoming increasingly difficult in a field that depends on it? My Masters thesis contributed to a three-year study aimed at identifying coordination barriers and strategies across Canadian municipalities. Studies show how shared benefits through joint action can result from coordination. Resource constraints including staff turnover, lack of time and finances are common barriers to coordination. Factors contributing to coordination include staff buy-in, a common organizational vision, relationship-building and even working in closer proximity to colleagues to foster easier communication. Findings from this study are important for northern planners due to the frequency of intergovernmental collaboration between First Nation, municipal and federal governments.

Presenter: Kelsey Taylor - Indigenous Community Planner, University of British Columbia

This poster explores ways that Indigenous youth are getting involved in planning processes, and in governance. As many Indigenous communities undertake Comprehensive Community Plans and other types of planning processes, youth are increasingly becoming a significant aspect of these plans in the North and in the rest of Canada. While youth are a significant proportion of the population of Indigenous communities, especially in the North, there is little information to date on the inclusion of youth in planning surrounding Indigenous self-governance. The poster draws on the researcher’s personal planning practice in Indigenous Community Planning. The poster utilizes knowledge gained from participatory action research, workshop facilitation, and community engagement.  These methods are used to look at the ways that youth are involved in planning, governance, and the future of their communities. The poster consciously gives ownership of the materials produced to the Indigenous youth participants. The poster presents guidelines on Indigenous youth engagement in the face of the many challenges in contemporary Indigenous governance. The guidelines, created in collaboration with Indigenous communities, suggest that youth empowerment and leadership is integral to the planning processes of Indigenous communities in the North and elsewhere.

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