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Supreme Court of Canada Will Hear Case on Yukon's Peel Watershed

“We congratulate our partners in the Yukon and look forward to continuing our support for their work to protect the world-class ecological and cultural values of the Peel watershed.," says Y2Y's Candace Batycki.

MEDIA STATEMENT
June 9, 2016

Yellowstone to Yukon Congratulates First Nations and Environmental Organizations

The Supreme Court of Canada will hear a case brought by four First Nations and two environmental organizations in the Yukon Territory regarding the future of the Peel Watershed. The Na-Cho Nyak Dun, the Tr'ondëk Hwëch'in, Vuntut Gwitchin First Nation, and the Tetlit Gwich'in Council, as well as CPAWS Yukon and the Yukon Conservation Society, will challenge the Yukon Government’s intention to open 70% of the Peel River watershed to industrial development, which is in direct opposition to the recommendations of the Peel Planning Commission.

In response, Yellowstone to Yukon Conservation Initiative’s BC and Yukon Program Director Candace Batycki issued the following statement:

“We congratulate our partners in the Yukon and look forward to continuing our support for their work to protect the world-class ecological and cultural values of the Peel watershed. The Peel is the northern anchor of the Yellowstone to Yukon corridor, a place of true wildness where grizzlies, wolves, caribou and thousands of other species continue their age-old relationships.”

“This case is also about right relationships between indigenous and settler societies. We look forward to a Supreme Court decision that upholds the integrity of the Final Agreements reached between First Nations, Canada and the Yukon Government in 1993, and sets the stage for a true 21st century approach to land-use planning in the north.”

For more information, please visit protectpeel.ca

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For further comment, contact:
Candace Batycki, Y2Y Program Director - BC and Yukon
(cell) 250-352-3830 | candace@y2y.net