August  21-26, 2022

Dawson City, Yukon


Co-sponsored and co-developed with:
Tr'ondëk Hwëch'in Government

Vuntut Gwitchin Government
First Nation of Na-Cho Nyak Dun





Conference Overview

The North Yukon Permafrost Conference is an initiative of the First Nation of Na-Cho Nyak Dun (FNNND), Tr'ondëk Hwëch'in Government (THG), Vuntut Gwitchin Government (VGG), and the Canadian Permafrost Association (CPA). Held in Dawson City, this unique conference will focus on climate change effects in the Traditional Territories of the three partner First Nations including themes of impacts on municipal and linear infrastructure, geohazards, and approaches to adaptation.  To allow time for small group discussions and relationship building, the program is unconventional and comprised of keynote presentations, panel discussions, poster presentations, half-day field excursions, and evening public lectures. The event will be live-streamed to allow for virtual attendance. The conference program is being developed by a Steering Committee with representatives from the three First Nations and the CPA. 



Conference Steering Committee

Conference Organizing Committee

  • Erika Tizya-Tramm, Vuntut Gwitchin Government
  • Jim Taggart, Tr’ondëk Hwëch’in Government
  • Katie Fraser, Tr’ondëk Hwëch’in Government
  • Josée Tremblay, First Nation of Na-Cho Nyak Dun
  • Stephan Walke, First Nation of Na-Cho Nyak Dun
  • Adrienne Hill, First Nation of Na-Cho Nyak Dun
  • Lukas Arenson, Canadian Permafrost Association, BGC Engineering Inc.
  • Kumari Karunaratne, Canadian Permafrost Association, Northwest Territories Geological Survey
  • Chris Burn, Canadian Permafrost Association, Carleton University
  • Fiona Nastasi, Tr’ondëk Hwëch’in Government
  • Louis-Philippe Roy, Yukon University
  • Derek Cronmiller, Yukon Geological Survey
  • Peter Morse, Canadian Permafrost Association, Geological Survey of Canada
  • Astrid Schetselaar, Canadian Permafrost Association, Carleton University
  • Jen Humphries, Canadian Permafrost Association, Aurora Research Institute
  • Barb Fortin, Canadian Permafrost Association, Tetra Tech





Interested in registering?  Find all the registration information here.


Virtual Program

The presentations and panel discussions of the North Yukon Permafrost Conference can be viewed remotely and will be provided in the registration package. Funding for the virtual program is provided by the Canadian National Committee of the International Permafrost Association.


Download the full program here



Join us for coffee and a light breakfast at the Palace Grand Theatre from 8:00 to 9:00 am on August 22 to 26. Please bring your own travel mug if possible.



Bagged lunches are provided for the field trips on August 22 & 25. On August 23 & 24 your bagged lunch can be picked up at Yukon University.



All conference participants are invited to the barbecue at 7:30 pm on Thursday, August 25 at the Dawson City Firehall. All other dinners are on your own.


Field Trips

The North Yukon Permafrost Conference includes the choice of three field trips offered in the afternoons of August 22 & 25. Please dress appropriately to be outside and bring your own water bottle if possible. The buses will be departing shorting after 12:00 pm so be prepared to go directly from the conference to the Dawson City Visitor Information Centre to get on the bus.



Thank you to our sponsors!


The North Yukon Permafrost Conference is funded by the Climate Change Preparedness in the North Program administered by the Department of Crown-Indigenous Relations and Northern Affairs Canada and is made possible by our generous sponsors.




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