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.