The Government of Yukon and the Taku River Tlingit First Nation have agreed that the A Cu Village site and surrounding area should be withdrawn from land dispositions and mineral staking while government-to-government discussions continue on how to implement a court declaration related to mineral staking in Taku River Tlingit First Nation asserted traditional territory in Yukon.
This 11 square kilometre area near the north end of Atlin Lake and the Lubbock River will be protected until March 31, 2020. This interim land withdrawal will protect lands of importance to the Taku River Tlingit First Nation while the Government of Yukon’s consultation on mining staking continues.
Our government appreciates the importance this area has to the Taku River Tlingit people. Through this approach we are able to clearly show our commitment to reconciliation and collaboration which is foundational to building a strong government-to-government relationship with the Taku River Tlingit First Nation.
Government of Yukon Premier Sandy Silver
We are encouraged by the action taken by the Yukon government to protect the A Cu Village Site and look forward to continuing our discussions on how Taku River Tlingit First Nation's rights and title in our Northern Territory can be addressed.
Taku River Tlingit First Nation spokesperson John Ward
Taku River Tlingit First Nation is based in Atlin, British Columbia, and asserts traditional territory in Yukon.
In February 2014, Taku River Tlingit First Nation filed a court case against the Government of Yukon requesting court declarations on three matters: 1) the proposed development of the Atlin Lake Campground, 2) consultation related to mineral staking and exploration, and 3) the issuance of hunting licences and seals.
In February 2016, the Government of Yukon agreed to the mineral declarations and both governments agreed not to pursue the other aspects of the court case at this time.
The Government of Yukon and Taku River Tlingit First Nation have agreed to further suspend Mineral Declaration One from coming into force until March 31, 2020, to provide more time for consultation on this matter.