WHITEHORSE—The Government of Yukon, Tr’ondëk Hwëch’in and Vuntut Gwitchin Government have mutually agreed to suspend the Dawson Regional Land Use Planning process.
The three parties decided to take this step after the recent conclusion of the Peel Watershed land use planning court hearings.
As the courts are considering a case directly related to Yukon’s regional land use planning process, all parties agree that it is critical to receive clarity before continuing with the planning process in the Dawson region.
The Dawson Regional Land Use Planning process operates in accordance with Chapter 11 of the Yukon First Nation Final Agreements, using the same provisions that governed the Peel Watershed land use planning process.
The parties will re-engage when there is final resolution in the Peel Watershed court case to determine how best to proceed with the Dawson regional planning process.
Senior representatives from all governments have met and are working to ensure the valuable work done to date by the Dawson Regional Land Use Planning Commission is preserved so that work can be resumed when all parties are confident in the process.
Elaine Schiman, Cabinet Communications
Government of Yukon
Wayne Potoroka, Communications
867-993-7100, extension 108
Joe Linklater, Chief
Vuntut Gwitchin Government