Wednesday, February 17

 3:30pm - 5:00pm

The Future – New Plans for the New North Recent Plans

The presenters in this session will share their experiences; successes and lessons learned producing plans in Alaska, Yukon and Northwest Territories.

Venue: Longhouse

Moderator: Jane Koepke - Jane of all Trades Consulting

Wednesday, February 17, 3:30 - 4:00

Planning for the Public Interest: Lessons from the Peel Watershed Plan

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The Peel Watershed planning process provides  lessons for future northern plans.  These issues emerged:  How strict and binding are the “rules of the game” provided by the Yukon’s Umbrella Final Agreement?  What is the relationship of First Nations and the Yukon Government in “co-management” of public land? Has the public a democratic right to expect that its elected government should respect what the majority clearly desires?   Who has the moral standing to have the final say?

For the Peel Planning Commission, the nub was how to recognize the public interest when fundamentally different world-views are in contest.  The Berger Commission raised this in the 1970s and it has not gone away.  The dominant (government) paradigm regards the northern landscape as a commodity; a collection of resources  and economic benefits to  be quantified and optimized.   The challenger is a paradigm that is both newer and older.  This alternative recognizes the land as meaning-rich, numinous … a sacred space.  Widely held, it is not limited to First Nations.  The dichotomy is much more than “competing uses,” and they cannot be compared in dollar units.  
 
This presentation will examine the Peel planning  region and why it is significant,  the planning process,  how the Commission articulated the public interest, and the subsequent court case.    I will submit that the Yukon Government, by considering  land as a commodity, advocated a special interest and not the public interest.  I will present a template for filtering input to identify the public interest in northern landscapes, and a rationale for including a  non-binding referendum as the final stage of consultation before governments approve,  modify, or reject a  Commission’s plan.

Wednesday, February 17, 4:00 - 4:30

The Draft Interim Dehcho Land Use Plan – Lessons Learned

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The Dehcho First Nations Interim Measures Agreement establishes a Dehcho Land Use Planning Committee with a mandate to develop a draft interim Dehcho Land Use Plan. The presentation will cover the unique features of the proposed land use plan and the lessons learned during the development of this plan.

Co-speakers: 

Dr. Petr Cizek - Cizek Environmental Services

 

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