Planning is by definition ‘a method of doing something that is worked out usually in some detail before it is begun and that may be written down in some form or simply retained in memory’. The planning process is used in all aspects of life from a simple trip to the store for groceries or planning a hunting trip on the land, to ensuring Nunavut’s leaders can provide and govern the people of this Territory. A trip to the store or planning a hunting trip may not require the planning to be written down in detail as the overall activity is not that complex. Governing a territory, on the other hand, is very complex and will require that plans are detailed and written down to ensure all employees and clients understand the overall goals and processes of the intended activity.
Economic development is defined as ‘the process of developing and maintaining suitable economic, social, cultural and environmental conditions, in which balanced growth may be realized, increasing the wealth of the community and residents’. Simply stated, we are attempting to plan for the future of our communities which includes economic or business growth, environmental concerns and cultural awareness, and revitalization within a healthy community.
Developments that will be successful must take into account the environment into which they are introduced. By environment, we mean that the development must take into consideration the current and past cultural practices, social conditions of the community, beliefs and knowledge (Inuit Qaujimajatuqangit). We must have the ability both educationally and technically to bring the development into existence and we must have the resources to initiate and sustain the development. No society, Hamlet or person willingly wants to damage the land on which they live as this does not provide for the children of tomorrow.