Archive for June, 2016

Supreme Court to Hear Peel Case

Thursday, June 9th, 2016

Today, great news from CPAWS-Yukon:

“Months of waiting were put to an end today when the Supreme Court of Canada announced that our leave to appeal has been granted and the Peel Watershed case will be heard. The decision to hear our case in Canada’s highest court confirms that the future of the Peel is of national importance and that the November 2015 ruling of the Court of Appeal to roll back the clock on the land use planning process requires a second look.”

“Chris Rider, Executive Director of CPAWS Yukon, stated: “The Supreme Court of Canada’s decision to hear this case shows that it recognizes the value of the Peel Watershed. It is a treasure of international significance and it deserves protection. Beyond this, the final ruling will set a precedent for all future land use planning in the Yukon.”

“Thomas R. Berger will be representing our case to the Supreme Court, arguing that the Yukon Court of Appeal’s ruling was a mistake in the interpretation of the Final Agreements and that the original judgment from Justice Ron Veale should be reinstated. Justice Veale had decreed that the planning process be sent back to the final stage, which would have prevented the Yukon Government from adopting its closed-door plan – one that would open up 71% of the Peel to development. While the Court of Appeal partially upheld Veale’s judgment, it directed the process to re-start from 2010, providing an opening for the government to significantly reduce the level of protection from the 80% recommended by the Planning Commission.”

“The Supreme Court has yet to announce when the case will be heard, but it is likely to be in 2017.”

“In tandem with the announcement, today we are launching the Peel Pledge, a way for Yukoners and all Canadians to stand with First Nations and environmental groups and show their support for Peel protection.”

Take the Peel Pledge at www.protectpeel.ca.

See also the related story in the Yukon News

 

Take Action to Protect the Peel Watershed

For the latest news, action alerts and background information on the campaign to protect the Yukon’s 68,000 km2 Peel Watershed, visit: www.protectpeel.ca  Protectpeel is loaded with images, video and the stories behind the conservation campaign. Find out what you need to know, and what you can do, to support Canada’s largest proposed protected area.

Wild Rivers of the Yukon’s Peel Watershed: A Traveller’s Guide

… is your complete source for planning a trip to the Yukon’s vast north-eastern wilderness – and learning more about the natural and cultural history of this inspiring landscape. Published in 2008 by Juri Peepre and Sarah Locke, the book is available from bookstores (Mac’s Fireweed in Whitehorse (online: www.yukonbooks.com ),  Mountain Equipment Co-op (Vancouver, Calgary, Toronto).

Wild Rivers is an essential companion to help you navigate all of the Three Rivers country (the Wind, Snake and Bonnet Plume), as well as the Peel, Hart, Ogilvie, Blackstone and Rat rivers. This well illustrated field reference will be a welcome gift for your friends or family who are thinking about a future northern canoeing or hiking trip. Full of wonderful stories and information, it’s a must-have campfire companion.

The book features detailed river descriptions, maps, landscape and historic photos, tips on river travel in the Peel region, and engaging descriptions of the flora, fauna, geology, human history and conservation story. For more information, see About Our Book.

Supreme Court Response Expected Soon

Monday, June 6th, 2016

 

From www.protectpeel.ca, December, 2015

“On August 20 and 21, 2015 the Peel court case was heard at the Yukon Court of Appeal in Whitehorse. At this hearing, the Yukon Government argued that the Yukon Supreme Court ruling by Justice Ronald Veale be dismissed. The respondents (the First Nation of Nacho Nyak Dun, Tr’ondëk Hwëch’in, Vuntut Gwitchin First Nation, CPAWS Yukon and YCS), supported through an intervention by the Gwich’in Tribal Council, defended against this appeal and argued that Justice Veale’s ruling be upheld.

On November 4, 2015 the Yukon Court of Appeal judgement was released. This ruling agreed that Yukon Government failed to honour its treaty obligations, that planning provisions in the Umbrella Final Agreement are binding on government, and that the government’s plan for the Peel Watershed is quashed. However, the remedy dictated by the Court of Appeal sends the matter back to an earlier stage in the process, which may allow government to modify the plan to increase access and development in the watershed.

On December 15, Tr’ondëk Hwëch’in, First Nation of Na-Cho Nyak Dun, Vuntut Gwitchin First Nations, CPAWS-Yukon and YCS announced they are seeking leave to appeal this ruling to the Supreme Court of Canada. ”

 

Take Action to Protect the Peel Watershed

For the latest news, action alerts and background information on the campaign to protect the Yukon’s 68,000 km2 Peel Watershed, visit: www.protectpeel.ca  Protectpeel is loaded with images, video and the stories behind the conservation campaign. Find out what you need to know, and what you can do, to support Canada’s largest proposed protected area.

Wild Rivers of the Yukon’s Peel Watershed: A Traveller’s Guide

… is your complete source for planning a trip to the Yukon’s vast north-eastern wilderness – and learning more about the natural and cultural history of this inspiring landscape. Published in 2008 by Juri Peepre and Sarah Locke, the book is available from bookstores (Mac’s Fireweed in Whitehorse (online: www.yukonbooks.com ),  Mountain Equipment Co-op (Vancouver, Calgary, Toronto).

Wild Rivers is an essential companion to help you navigate all of the Three Rivers country (the Wind, Snake and Bonnet Plume), as well as the Peel, Hart, Ogilvie, Blackstone and Rat rivers. This well illustrated field reference will be a welcome gift for your friends or family who are thinking about a future northern canoeing or hiking trip. Full of wonderful stories and information, it’s a must-have campfire companion.

The book features detailed river descriptions, maps, landscape and historic photos, tips on river travel in the Peel region, and engaging descriptions of the flora, fauna, geology, human history and conservation story. For more information, see About Our Book posted in the right margin.