Joint news release with Tr’ondëk Hwëch’in
The Government of Yukon and the Tr’ondëk Hwëch’in have agreed to extended the period for accepting nominations to the Dawson Regional Land Use Planning Commission to September 14.
Yukoners interested in serving a three-year term on the Commission as a Yukon government nominee may submit their applications to the Government of Yukon through the Boards and Committees Secretariat. Those Tr’ondëk Hwëch’in citizens interested in serving as a Tr’ondëk Hwëch’in nominee may submit applications to the Tr’ondëk Hwëch’in Government. The Government of Yukon and Tr’ondëk Hwëch’in will each nominate three people to be members of the six-person Commission, which is selected by agreement of both parties.
We are looking forward to collaborating with Tr’ondëk Hwëch’in to ensure the Dawson Regional Land Use Plan is a success. It is important to have a large pool of candidates with a diverse range of experiences to select from to ensure the planning process is effective.
Minister of Energy, Mines and Resources Ranj Pillai
Extending the deadline for nominations allows everyone with an interest in sitting on the commission a chance to put their name forward. Establishing a planning commission is a critical first step, and it’s important to get it right. This extension sets us up for the best chance of success on this project.
Tr’ondëk Hwëch’in Chief Roberta Joseph
In late 2014, the Government of Yukon, Tr’ondëk Hwëch’in and Vuntut Gwitchin Government mutually agreed to suspend the Dawson Land Use Planning process until the Peel Watershed court case was resolved.
The parties agreed to re-engage the land use planning process after there was final resolution in the Peel Watershed court case to provide clarity regarding the planning process under Chapter 11 of the Yukon First Nation Final Agreements.