Borders in the North – Summer Conference Programme


Tuesday, June 16 2015

19h00 Welcome Buffet Dinner @ Yukon College Bistro (by invitation)


Wednesday, June 17 2015

09h00 Welcoming Remarks

Emmanuel Brunet-Jailly, University of Victoria
Chris Hawkins, Yukon College
Hon. Currie Dixon, Yukon Government


Opening Panel: Geopolitics and Politics of the North

Chair Emmanuel Brunet-Jailly, UVic


Honourable Currie Dixon, Minister Yukon Government
Geopolitics and Politics of the Globalized North
Lassi Heininen, University of Lapland

Arctic Geopolitics and Northern Canada’s Borderlands
Heather Nicol, Trent University

This panel speaks to geopolitical issues of
importance at the global, regional and local
level, while situating the Yukon within a larger
spectrum of developmental and governance
challenges and opportunities.

10h30 Coffee

10h45 Panel One: Alternative Models to Manage Security Across Canada’s Shifting Northern Borders

Chair Rob Huebert, University of Calgary


Christian Leuprecht, Royal Military College of Canada

Search and Rescue: Borders in the North
Colonel Tom Dunne, Search and Rescue, RCAF

Whitney Lackenbauer, University of Waterloo

Developing a Secure Arctic: A Security Vulnerability Analysis for the Yukon
Michael Buttazonni, UVic Student

Delineates areas where governments and other
partners at the local, regional and federal levels
in Canada are able to improve cooperation
amongst one another and with their border

12h00 Lunch and Keynote: Borders and Culture

Mr. David Johnny, White River First Nation
What are the effects of the international border
between Yukon and Alaska on life and culture
as a Scottie Creek Dineh?

13h15 Panel Two: Culture and Heritage of Northern Borders

Chair Amanda Graham, Yukon College


Smoothing the Alaska-Yukon Border: How Metaphors and Popular Geopolitics Made the Alaska-Yukon Border
Heather Nicol, Trent University

Norm Easton, Yukon College
Ellen Bielawski, Yukon College / University of Alberta

Looks at the relationship between borders,
culture and history in the Yukon, with particular
attention to the way in which state-centred
international bordering contrasts with the
continuity of cross-border First Nations
territoriality and community.

14h30 Coffee

14h45 Panel Three: Governance: After the Land Claims

Chair Emmanuel Brunet-Jailly, UVic


Borders in the North Summer Conference: Governance After the Land Claims
Jessica Shadian, The Bill Graham Centre for Contemporary International History, University of Toronto

Marilyn Jensen, Yukon College

Boundaries, Governance and Indigenous Peoples in the Yukon Territory
Tessa Battimelli, UVic Student

Examines the impact of the interplay between
governance, culture and borders on day-to-day
conditions due to the political, legal, social and
economic changes that have occurred since
Yukon First Nations have become

16h00 Wednesday Wrap-Up


Thursday, June 18 2015

09h15 Panel Four: Governance: Methods & Models for Governing Northern Borders (The Beaufort Sea)

Chair Whitney Lackenbauer, University of Waterloo


Drawing Boundaries in the Beaufort Sea: Different Visions/Different Needs
Rob Huebert, University of Calgary

Changing Perspectives on the Arctic—Canada and the United States Compared
Doug Nord, Umeå University (Sweden)

Norwegian-Russian delimitation in the Barents Sea: Lessons for ASEAN?
Aileen Espiritu, Barents Institute (Norway)

A Marine Governance Model for the Beaufort Sea: Embracing and Transcending Arctic Borders
Sara Bourquin, UVic Student

This panel addresses issues with the multi-level
governance arrangements and agreements in the
north. Panelists will explore various maritime
governance models, including comparisons with the
Barents Sea, and consider options for improved
management in the future.

10h30 Coffee

10h45 Panel Five: Economic and Trade Flows – Doing Business in the Yukon

Chair Emmanuel Brunet-Jailly


Canadian Northern Economic Development Agency Building a Dynamic Northern Economy
Michael Bloor / CANNOR Rep

Our Carcross/Tagish Story of Arrival, Survival, & Revival
Justin Ferbey, Carcross/Tagish First Nation

Mining and Shipping Traffic in the Canadian Arctic
Frédéric Lasserre & Pierre-Louis Têtu, Université Laval

National Border Management Policies and their Effect on Regional Trade: A Study of the Yukon Exporting Industry
Karen Everett, Trent Student

This panel reviews the impact of these technological
and economic changes for the Yukon and Canada’s
North. What are the major bordering obstacles and
opportunities to doing business in the Yukon? What
can and should be done to overcome these barriers
and seize these opportunities?

12h00 Lunch and Keynote: Sovereignty and Sustainability in the Canadian North

John Streicker, City of Whitehorse

The North is changing rapidly; the climate,
environment, social fabric and economy are all in
transition. What tensions and opportunities can we
anticipate north to north, north to south and north to
global? Starting from the lenses of sovereignty and
sustainability, this presentation will look at the drivers
of change in the Canadian North and how we might
choose to shape our future moving forward.

13h15 Panel Six – Sustainability: Cross-Border Issues in the North

Chair Heather Nicol, Trent University


Commission for Environmental Cooperation (CEC): Three Countries, One Environment
Irasema Coronado, Commission for Environmental Cooperation

The Yukon River Inter-Tribal Watershed Council: An Indigenous model of trans-border cooperation
Leslie Collins and Craig Murray, Trent University

Transboundary Collaboration within the St. Elias Region for Area Conservation: Focusing on Kluane National Park and Reserve
Nur Masoumzadeh, UVic Student

Panel 6 — Sustainability Cross-Border Issues in the North Yukon Perspectives
Dan Paleczny, Yukon Government

This panel addresses the challenges and
opportunities of sustainability from a number of
perspectives of particular concern for the Yukon
Territory. Topics include the regulatory framework
and management of seismic line reuse, invasive
species, water quality, fisheries, migratory species,
protected areas, climate change and cross-border
continental agreements.

14h30 Concluding Panel & Closing Remarks

Heather Nicol, Trent University

Emmanuel Brunet-Jailly, University of Victoria