The Conference is a requirement of the Inuvialuit Final Agreement.
The Agreement called for the establishment of a conference to promote public discussion around the management of the Yukon North Slope amongst aboriginal people, governments and the private sector.
Since 1988, conferences have been held to address a wide variety of issues and bring together diverse perspectives for improved management. Each and every conference serves to advance the conservation of wildlife and the environment on the Yukon North Slope through the exchange of ideas, experiences and points of view.
2015 Yukon North Slope Conference
Held Sept 29 – 30, 2017 at the Kwanlin Dün Cultural Centre in Whitehorse had over 150 people in attendance. Click here to see the proceedings.
The purpose of the Conference was to promote public discussion among aboriginal people, governments, and the general public and private sectors with respect to management for the Yukon North Slope. The theme, Best Practices in the Use of Aboriginal Traditional Knowledge in Resource Management is especially significant with the increased attention by regional, national and international institutions and organizations to the role and implications of aboriginal traditional knowledge (“TK”) in resource development decisions, environmental management and wildlife research.
This conference addressed the current state of practice and the standards to which researchers and users of traditional knowledge should strive in the collection, documentation, communication and application of TK. It included case studies that look specifically at best practices and lessons learned as well as at ways to advance study results into decision-making.
Plenary Presentations and Breakout Session Reports from the event can be downloaded on the right. Or listen to the Living North podcast series highlight speakers from the 2015 Yukon North Slope Conference, also located on the right of this page.