Last updated March 25, 2013. Please note that this website is not frequently updated, since the Commission is no longer active. We (YLUPC) will try to provide updates with each milestone in the process.
Consultation on the
Final Recommended Plan is Over
The Yukon Government has now finished consulting with the Public on our Final Recommended Plan, their proposed alternative land use designation system and 4 scenarios or "Land Use Concepts". They recently posted participation statistics at the bottom of their March 20, 2013 press release. A more in-depth analysis is pending, and will likely be presented on their consultation website.
The Yukon Government consulted with the First Nations Parties (the Na-Cho Nyak Dun, Vuntut Gwitchin, Tr'ondëk Hwëch'in, and Gwich'in Tribal Council governments) to the plan up until March 25, 2013.
According Yukon Land Claims Agreements, after these consultations the Yukon Government may accept, reject or modify our Final Recommended Plan for their lands (~97.3% of the region). Similarly the First Nations Parties may accept, reject or modify our Final Recommended Plan for their respective lands.
With the release of our Final Recommended Plan in July 2011, we have fulfilled our planning mandate, and are not currently active.
Visit the Parties' websites for more information:
The Highlights of the Final Recommended Plan
The Peel Watershed Planning Commission is pleased to provide a brochure that goes over the highlights of their Final Recommended Plan. Please note that it presents only the highlights of the Plan and is not a complete summary. You may view the brochure on an external site if you do not want to download it. The complete version of the Final Recommended Peel Watershed Regional Land Use Plan is available here. It was produced with the assistance of the Yukon Land Use Planning Council. Enjoy!
The Final Recommended Plan is Complete
The Peel Watershed Planning Commission is pleased to publically release their Final Recommended Peel Watershed Regional Land Use Plan. With this Final Recommended Plan, the Peel Watershed Planning Commission concludes it work. The Commission recommends this Plan to the Parties and to the People of the Yukon: it is carefully considered and it achieves the goals set out for it in a way consistent with the spirit and intent of the UFA, and it upholds the principles of Sustainable Development. The Commission emphasizes that this Plan is not a template for future planning efforts in other regions of the Yukon. The PWPC believes that the approach taken in this plan enables Yukoners to serve as responsible stewards of this landscape.
This plan in now in the hands of the Parties: (the Na-Cho Nyak Dun, Vuntut Gwitchin, Tr'ondëk Hwëch'in, Gwich'in Tribal Council, and Yukon governments). It is up to them to consult with one another, with Yukon communities (YG), and either approve the plan, modify the plan, or reject the plan for their respective lands (see the Umbrella Final Agreement, sections 220.127.116.11 and 18.104.22.168).
While the Parties are free to choose one of these 3 options for their lands, they have committed to work together to develop a joint position where they achieve consensus. They have also committed to complete their consultations by mid-September and reach their decisions by November or earlier. See their Letter of Understanding for more details.
The Commission wishes them well on their deliberations.
A press release is found here.
The Commission's Mandate
Under the mandate of Chapter 11 of the Umbrella Final Agreement (UFA), the Peel Watershed Planning Commission (PWPC) is responsible for developing and recommending a regional land use plan for the Peel Watershed Planning Region (Map 1). The PWPC is an arms length commission with members that are jointly nominated by the Yukon, Na-Cho Nyak Dun, Tr’ondëk Hwëch’in, Gwich’in and Vuntut Gwitchin governments. The recommended regional land use plan will apply to all Settlement and Non-settlement lands in the planning region.
The Commission's Statement of Intent
The goal of the Peel Watershed Regional Land Use Plan is to ensure wilderness* characteristics, wildlife and their habitats, cultural resources, and waters are maintained over time while managing resource use. These uses include, but are not limited to, traditional use, trapping, recreation, outfitting, wilderness tourism, subsistence harvesting, and the exploration and development of non-renewable resources.
Achieving this goal requires managing development at a pace and scale that maintains ecological integrity**. The long-term objective is to return all lands to their natural state as development activities are completed.
* Wilderness is defined as: any area in a largely natural condition in which ecosystem processes are largely unaltered by human activity or in which human activity has been limited to developments or activities that do not significantly modify the environment, and includes an area restored to a largely natural condition. (Yukon Environment Act)
** Ecological integrity is defined as: a concept that expresses the degree to which the physical, chemical, and biological components (including composition, structure, and process) of an ecosystem and their relationships are present, functioning, and capable of self-renewal. Ecological integrity implies the presence of appropriate species, populations and communities and the occurrence of ecological processes at appropriate rates and scales as well as the environmental conditions that support these taxa and processes. (U.S. National Park Service)