Northern Planning Conference 2016

The Northern Planning Conference was hosted in Whitehorse, Yukon at the Kwanlin Dün Cultural Centre, February 15th – 18th 2016. Regional land use and community planners and northern experts were invited from the circumpolar region including: Yukon, Northwest Territories, Nunavut, Alaska, Labrador, the northern regions of Canada’s provinces, Nunatsiaq, Nunavik and Scandinavia.

Key themes for the conference included:

  • Governance – the Planning Context
  • Planning for Change and Sustainability – how do we protect valued components amongst the changes?
  • The Future of Northern Planning – new plans for the ‘New North’
  • Planning Methods in the North – planning approaches and techniques for northern plans
  • Community Planning

The objectives of the conference were to:

  • Develop and share ways forward to ensure northern planning is relevant, timely, cost effective and working;
  • Share northern planning experiences;
  • Share and learn from northern planning successes, failures, challenges and solutions;
  • Develop a northern professional planning network;
  • Identify and develop links to other planning processes and professionals;
  • Create professional planning awareness with planners, governments and northerners;
  • Build trust in land use planning processes; and
  • Build northern land use planning capacity.