Conservation Network Planning

2022 NWT Conservation Network Gathering

About the Gathering

The Conservation Network Gathering returns in 2022!

It will be held May 4 and 5 in Yellowknife with some portions available online.

The gathering will bring together leaders from Indigenous, federal and territorial governments, Indigenous organizations, academia, and non-government organizations from the North and across Canada to share knowledge, build partnerships, and encourage collaboration in conservation.

Overview of 2022

The theme this year is Breaking Trail: Building Capacity and Resilience within the Conservation Network.

Whether traveling by snowmachine, dog team, on foot, or coming together around the board room table or online, working together and learning from each other is essential to making progress. The purpose of this gathering is to learn from others who have broken trail before and create connections with those who are on a similar journey. The main themes are management planning and Indigenous law, language revitalization and place name mapping, and guardians and climate change.

Topics will include:

  • Language Revitalization,
  • Place Name Mapping,
  • Management Planning and Indigenous Law
  • Guardians and Climate Change


Explorer Hotel. From May 3 to 5, 2022
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See 2022 speaker biographies here.

Tuesday, May 3

Sessions on May 3 are optional. Both sessions are in-person only and pre-registration is required.

9:00-12:00      Communication techniques workshop: Creative Narratives and Connections

2:00-5:00        Well-being and cultural continuity workshop: Our Next Steps Towards Human Wellbeing, Cultural Continuity & Conservation - A Partnership for the Protected and Conserved Areas Network of the Northwest Territories

Wednesday, May 4

8:30-9:00        Arrival

9:00-9:30        Welcome

9:30-10:30      Presentation: Gonaowo

11:00-12:00    Panel: Gwaii Haanas Management Planning

1:00-4:00        Sharing Circle: Management Planning and Indigenous Law


1:00-4:00        Sharing Circle: Guardians and Climate Change

4:10-4:40        Panel: Recap of Day 1

Thursday, May 5

8:30-9:00        Arrival

9:00-9:05        Welcome and overview of Day 2

9:05-9:30        Presentation: Land Relationship and Planetary Well-being

9:40-12:00      Presentation: Community-centred Data Management, Stewardship and Sharing: Protocols, Practices and Tools for Guardians Programs


9:40-10:30      Presentation: Indigenous Youth On the Land/Water Programming in Schools and Community

11:00-12:00    Panel: Inspiration for Language Revitalization Through the Conservation Network

1:00-2:00        Gallery Walk: Place Names Mapping


1:00-2:00        Strengthening Partnerships: Network Planning and Financing

2:30-4:00        Workshop: Building a Protected Areas Stewardship Network

4:00-4:15        Closing and Prayer

Why it matters

This gathering will support a growing Community of Conservation Partners as we continue to build and implement the NWT Conservation Network.

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