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
09h30 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 (Finland)

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 stakeholders
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    
Speakers 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 self-governing.
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  
Speakers 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