Final Plan Complete
After years of consultations, rallies, sharing your stories, letters to the editor and more: the final plan is complete! On Thursday August 22nd, the “Peel Watershed Regional Land Use Plan” will be signed into effect in a ceremony in Mayo!
On this day, Yukon Government alongside the Tr’ondëk Hwëch’in, Na-Cho Nyäk Dun, Vuntut Gwitchin and the Gwich'in Tribal Council, representing the Gwich'in Nations of the Northwest Territories, will come together in agreement on the future of the Peel Watershed.
It’s incredible to think that the campaign to protect the Peel Watershed started over 25 years ago, when CPAWS Yukon, led by Juri Peepre, began working to protect the Bonnet Plume. In partnership with the Yukon Conservation Society, it soon turned into a larger campaign to protect the Three Rivers, and eventually into the campaign to protect the greater Peel Watershed region. For many First Nations citizens, the goal to protect this special place began even earlier.
In 2005, when the Planning Commission set out to create a plan for the Peel, no one imagined that it would take this long. Not only is the plan finalized after 15 years, but over 3000 people submitted comments during the final consultations in late 2018 calling for at least 80% protection. We all came together with one voice to protect the Peel. Now, we can come together to celebrate this historic event.
The signing ceremony of the Final Plan will take place in Mayo at 3:30pm, and will be followed by dinner. The public is welcome to attend. If you’re in Whitehorse, members from our team at CPAWS Yukon and the Yukon Conservation Society will host a viewing of ceremony at the Kwanlin Dun Cultural Centre in Whitehorse. Doors open at 3pm, and there will be some snacks and light refreshments.
The ceremony will also be live streamed by Yukon Government and our team will be sharing our thoughts immediately after the ceremony live from Mayo, on our Protect The Peel Facebook page.
We are also currently working with our First Nations partners to plan a Whitehorse celebration, which will take place some time in late September or early October, after hunting season.
Stay tuned and follow for updates! We will also send updates about the event and the plan as we learn more information.
Thank you to everybody who has played a role in getting to this exciting day!