Inspiring the next generation of land use planners is an essential step in maintaining healthy land and water systems in the north. The Connecting a New Generation with Nature (CNGN) working group, sponsored by the Canadian Parks Council, is a national effort to connect people with nature in Canada, by inspiring these young future leaders. CNGN believes that to create future champions of the environment, as well as effective leaders of planning and management, we must first place value on early nature experiences.
Public engagement, especially the engagement of young people, is paramount to any long term strategy. CNGN posits that it is absolutely fundamental to conservation strategies. The diverse, intergenerational team is working on an action-oriented document to be published in 2016 at the World Conservation Congress in Hawaii. The group is co-chaired by two northern residents – Dan Paleczny, Chair, Canadian Parks Council and Director of Yukon Parks based in Whitehorse, YK and Chloe Dragon Smith, an inspired young adult from Yellowknife, NT.