23 november 2012

Eye on the Arctic – Yukon resource development in spotlight


CBC News
Peel Watershed

Tensions are increasing between the government in Canada’s northwestern Yukon territory and the region’s First Nations governments over questions of resource and mining development.

First Nations governments and conservationists are concerned over the future of the Peel Watershed, a vast wilderness covering 67,000 square kilometres, after the Yukon government proposed changes to  the land use plan.

“This area has its own ecosystem,” said Eddie Taylor, chief of the Yukon’s Tr'ondek Hwech'in First Nation. “It’s been untouched for millennium and we want to keep it that way.”
There’s also controversy around a government plan to change the Oil and Gas Act to strike veto rights for the territory’s three unsigned First Nations.

"It's no different than what they're  attempting to do in the Peel region," Chief Liard McMillan told CBC News earlier this month.

The Liard First Nation is considering legal action, he said.

Related Links:

Rights, resource development take centre stage in Canada's northwest Yukon territory, CBC News

Peel Watershed Planning Commission

Eye on the Arctic’s Eilís Quinn speaks with Eddie Taylor, chief of the Tr'ondek Hwech'in First Nation in Canada's Yukon territory.
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