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Historic Election in the Yukon Territory a Game-Changer for Yukon Wildlands

The new Yukon government vows to protect much of the pristine Peel River Watershed.

New government vows to protect much of the pristine Peel River Watershed

On November 8, the people of the Yukon voted out the governing Yukon Party and voted in the Yukon Liberals. This marks a historic turning point in the 20-year fight to protect the Peel Watershed.

The Yukon Party had opposed implementing the recommendations of the Peel Watershed Planning Commission – which include completely protecting 75% of the watershed – embroiling our partner ENGOs, First Nations, and the people of the Yukon in expensive and stressful legal challenges.

The incoming government has pledged to implement the Peel recommendations completely.

Y2Y is proud to have played a role in this amazing victory, providing strategic and financial support to our ENGO allies that enabled them to run a door-to-door “vote environment” canvass in the run-up to the election. Issues like the Peel and fracking were top of mind for the many hundreds of people our allies spoke with.

There is much more to do, including converting the 25% of the Peel with interim protection to permanent protection, and working with First Nations on final designations. The Supreme Court of Canada case will also presumably go forward in March, which will determine the future of Land Use Planning in the Yukon. Y2Y will be working alongside our partners every step of the way.