The Government of Yukon is aware Liard First Nation and the Ross River Dena Council have requested non-Kaska hunters refrain from hunting in their asserted traditional territory this fall. They have indicated this is due to concerns they have in relation to harvest pressures and concerns over COVID-19.
Yukon’s licensed hunters are guided by the Wildlife Act and the rules of general application always apply. Licensed hunters do not require permission to hunt on non-Settlement Lands in any traditional territory.
Minister of Environment Nils Clarke released the following statement:
“Our government is committed to working with our First Nation and Inuvialuit partners to address wildlife management concerns.
“We will continue to work with our partners to navigate these complex wildlife issues. Through collaborative management practices, we will find a path forward that reflects our mutual commitment to fish and wildlife conservation, and ensures access and enjoyment of these resources for generations to come.
“Please be cognizant that, no matter where you hunt in the Yukon, you are in the traditional territory of a First Nation or the Inuvialuit. We have a common interest in the conservation of wildlife resources and the shared responsibility of stewardship. All hunters should be respectful of the land and incorporate zero-waste practices during their hunt.”