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.