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The Canadian Coastal Zone 2006

InMER was a silver sponsor of this conference

Hannah Darrin, Tara Rose Cassano and Austin Corrigan attended as youth delegates.They attended the special youth conference before the main event.

Information on the Youth Forum

The Youth Forum will be held the weekend preceding the conference (August 11-14, 2006). We are very excited about this opportunity to welcome participants from all six communities in the Inuvialuit Settlement Region as well as southern Canada and the circumpolar north. The focus of the Youth Forum will be change and sustainability in the coastal zone and how we depend on the coast for our livelihoods. Topics for discussion will include traditions and traditional livelihoods, current research, educational opportunities, and the ties between economic development and research and education. The Forum will be an exciting opportunity for exchange of ideas as well as a chance for youth from varied backgrounds to come together to discuss the coastal issues that affect our lives. Besides academic, research, and sustainability discussions, participants of the Forum will also have the chance to truly experience the coastal lifestyle of Tuktoyaktuk residents, participating in harvest and cultural activities, visiting interesting coastal places, and sharing what they have learned with the children and youth of Tuk. On October 1, 2005, a call for papers was issued for the Coastal Zone Canada 2006 Conference and Youth Forum. All Youth Forum participants will submit a piece of work as part of the registration process. The submission may relate to any one of the themes of change, sustainability, and livelihoods.

General information on the conference - Arctic Change and Coastal Communities is the seventh conference in a biennial series, sponsored by the Canada Coastal Zone Association. This is the first of the series to be located on the Arctic coast.

The intent of the Coastal Zone Canada 2006 conference is to raise awareness about the unique challenges faced by residents of the Arctic coastal zone in the face of rapid changes occurring in Arctic marine ecosystems. While the focus is on coastal and ocean issues in the north, we encourage contributions from coastal areas around the world, recognizing that many of the drivers of coastal change, and the adaptation of people to them, are common to many parts of the world.

Ed Cassano delivered a paper entitled: A Community-Based Approach to MPAs – Building a Dialogue for Success
He discussed and outlined the process that was used to create the Marine Reserve System around the Northern Channel Islands, CA. Ed Cassano was the Channel Islands Sanctuary manager during this period and designed and led this process for its first two years.