CSLA CONGRESS IN IQALUIT

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The 2011 CSLA Congress was hosted in Iqaluit, Nunavut

In the seventy seven year history of the CSLA, the 2011 congress marked the first time the society has held a congress in one of the northern territories, bringing 113 CSLA members into a new landscape and exposing our profession to the richness of Inuit culture. The Congress theme "On the Land" brought delegates into the arctic landscape to explore the strong connections between people and their land, and the different roles Landscape Architects can play in cross cultural settings.  The Congress theme ran through the keynote addresses, twenty-four professional presentations, and a community design charrette.  Daily cultural events brought delegates closer to Inuit culture through the talents of northern performers, storytellers and Elders.  The Congress also provided charitable donations to local organizations in excess of $7,000 as a result of the generosity of CSLA members in attendance.

Despite a remote location, NUALA engaged technology and contemporary social networking technology to bring the Congress to the full CSLA community, making it the first “Twitter Congress”. A Landscape Architecture Canada Foundation grant allowed all events and presentations during the congress to be video recorded and made available at the Centre for Canadian Landscape Architecture archives https://journal.lib.uoguelph.ca/index.php/csla/issue/view/125

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