Yukon Government: Extend the ban. Accept the plan.
  • Petitioned Brad Cathers

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Minister of Energy Mines and Resources, Yukon Government
Brad Cathers

Yukon Government: Extend the ban. Accept the plan.

    1. Petition by

      Peel Youth Alliance

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August 2012

Victory

Today the Yukon Government announced the extension of the staking ban on the Peel Watershed, following this hugely successful petition campaign. “This is a victory for us and the Peel Watershed,” said Cassy Andrew of the Peel Youth Alliance. “We’re glad that our Government listened to us and extended the staking ban on the Peel. Now the Government needs to respect the overwhelming majority of Yukoners who want the Peel Watershed protected.” “Now youth are going to focus on making sure that the Yukon Government accepts the Peel Watershed Commission’s final plan,” said Peel Youth Alliance member Malkolm Boothroyd. “We don’t know when the final consultations will be, but what we do know is when the consultations start there will be a strong youth voice demanding that the Peel Watershed be protected.” Thank you for all your support! Peel Youth Alliance

The Peel River Watershed is one of Canada’s most wild, rugged and untouched wildernesses, a watershed that encompasses remote mountain ranges and seven whitewater rivers. For thousands of years the Tetlit Gwich’in, Nacho Nyak Dun, Tr’ondek Hwech’in and Vuntut Gwich’in First Nations have hunted, fished and trapped in the Peel Watershed, and these lands remain a cornerstone of the cultures and ways of life of northern Indigenous Peoples. The Peel Watershed is renown for its paddling and hiking, and the Wind, Snake and Bonnet Plume Rivers draw adventurers and outdoorspeople from around the world.

Sadly, the Peel Watershed is threatened by major mining and industrial development. The overwhelming majority of First Nations and Yukoners have stood up in favour of protection of the Peel Watershed, yet the Yukon Government is attempting to the pry the Peel open to mining. Our Government has ignored years worth of public consultations on the future of the Peel, consultations that ended with the Peel Watershed Land Use Commission recommending strong protection of the Peel Watershed.

In just a few weeks a moratorium on the staking of mining claims in the Peel Watershed will expire. The moratorium is all that stands between the Peel and unfettered access by mineral exploration companies. Please show your support for protection of the Peel! Urge Brad Cathers, the Yukon’s Minister of Energy, Mines and Resources to extend the staking ban until the Peel Watershed is finally protected.

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    1. Victory! Yukon Government listens, extends staking ban

      Today the Yukon Government announced the extension of the staking ban on the Peel Watershed, following this hugely successful petition campaign.

      “This is a victory for us and the Peel Watershed,” said Cassy Andrew of the Peel Youth Alliance. “We’re glad that our Government listened to us and extended the staking ban on the Peel. Now the Government needs to respect the overwhelming majority of Yukoners who want the Peel Watershed protected.”

      “Now youth are going to focus on making sure that the Yukon Government accepts the Peel Watershed Commission’s final plan,” said Peel Youth Alliance member Malkolm Boothroyd. “We don’t know when the final consultations will be, but what we do know is when the consultations start there will be a strong youth voice demanding that the Peel Watershed be protected.”

      Thank you for all your support!
      Peel Youth Alliance

    2. Reached 5,000 signatures
    3. The Yukon Government has stated that they will 'probably' extend the ban.

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    4. Reached 3,000 signatures

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    • luka jolicoeur CALGARY, ALBERTA, CANADA
      • about 2 years ago

      Canada has an opportunity and a responsibility to protect what precious little natural wilderness is left. Please do not allow the desecration of the Peel!

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    • Colette Pilon ROCKLAND, ONTARIO, CANADA
      • about 2 years ago

      To conserve what is left of our natural resources...enough mining and industrial development for profit and esthetics

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    • Denyse Pez ORILLIA, CANADA
      • about 2 years ago

      I love my Country and want my kids and their kids to have what we grew up with by then Harper will be history and our next leaders will be sickened by all that hes done to Canada. And then maybe we will be okay.

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    • Robin Glazier GATINEAU, CANADA
      • about 2 years ago

      protecting animals and wilderness

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    • Paul Pickering ORONO, ME
      • about 2 years ago

      stay away from paradise. short term gain, long term loss

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