The Northern Planning Conference

Planning the New North

February 15th-17th, 2016 at the Kwanlin Dün Cultural Centre in Whitehorse, Yukon

Regional land use planning in the north has been taking place in various forms for over 50 years.  Territorial, Federal and Aboriginal Governments use regional planning as the preferred method to inform land use decisions, create certainty, and balance the economic, social, cultural and environmental needs and priorities of northern Canada.   The north is changing - climate change, settlement of land claims, northern co-management and governance, access and global demand of the North’s natural resources and the opening of the northwest passage are all contributing to what is being defined as the ‘New North’ (Smith, 2011).  Regional plans are and will be a key resource in helping inform the future decisions of the north.

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The Conference Organisers

This conference is being organised by a committee of people interested in northern planning. The committee has representation from the Council for Yukon First Nations, the Yukon Government, the Government of the Northwest Territories, the Planning Institute of British Columbia, the Alberta Professional Planning Institute as well as the Yukon Land Use Planning Council. The Council is mandated under Yukon Land Claims Agreements and helps Government, Yukon First Nations and Regional Planning Commissions coordinate their efforts to conduct regional land use planning.

The committee has contracted Lesley Cabott to be the Conference Organiser. Questions or comments may be directed to her at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Several staff members of the Council and subcontractors are also working towards putting on a great conference.

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Northern Jurisdictional Review

In late 2014, the Yukon Land Use Planning Council hired a contractor (Lesley Cabott Consulting & Associates) to review the Common Land Use Planning Process. Their first product was a jurisdictional review. This review of a number of Canadian jurisdictions with northern regional planning programs was done through a literature review, targeted email correspondences and some telephone interview. See the memo below for more context and a summary of findings.

Products from this review may be browsed at the Council's website. Comments, suggestions, and corrections may be sent to the This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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Learning Credits

Alberta Professional Planners Institute

This conference is eligible to be logged as structured Continuous Professional Learning (CPL) credits. One hour of session is equivalent to 1 Learning Unit.

Planning Institute of British Columbia

This conference is eligible to be logged as structured Continuous Professional Learning (CPL) credits. One hour of session is equivalent to 1 Learning Unit and the entire conference will be worth 15 structured CPL Learning Units.

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