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Today, on World Water Day, the Supreme Court of Canada heard from First Nations and conservation groups fighting to ensure the protection of one of the largest intact ecosystems in North America, the Peel Watershed in northeastern Yukon.
Media advisory for Supreme Court case and events in Ottawa
The latest news stories on the Peel Watershed as we approach the Supreme Court case.
A new Yukon Government was elected in November 2016. How does this affect the legal case? Read these FAQs.
The Peel case will be heard at the Supreme Court of Canada in Ottawa on March 22, 2017. Click for a full listing of events in the Yukon and Ottawa.
Three years ago to this day, legal action was launched as YCS and CPAWS Yukon joined forces with the First Nation of Nacho Nyak Dun and the Tr'ondëk Hwëch'in to take the government to court over its betrayal of the land use planning process and its plans to develop this unspoiled watershed ecosystem steeped in cultural history.
The Yukon Government has filed its legal argument with the Supreme Court of Canada for the Peel Watershed case. Despite presenting an opposing argument to the Supreme Court, CPAWS and YCS are confident the government will follow through with its election promise for the Peel.
The Peel watershed was one of the top issues of the 2016 territorial election. Yukon Conservation Society and CPAWS Yukon encouraged all political parties to take a strong stand for protecting the Peel and upholding the integrity of the First Nations Final Agreements.
Sandy Silver's Yukon Liberal Party has been elected to form government. The Liberals were explicit during the election campaign about their intentions to accept the original Final Recommended Plan for the Peel, which includes 80% wilderness protection.
The First Nations and environmental groups have filed their written arguments with the Supreme Court of Canada and now await the Yukon Government to submit its factum later this year. The hearing is scheduled for March 22, 2017.
In September 2016, the globally-read UK newspaper the Guardian featured a stunning gallery of Peel Watershed images.
Yukoners gathered in Whitehorse on June 21 to mark the Supreme Court of Canada's decision to hear the Peel Watershed case. Communities joined in via Livestream as the leadership from the First Nations and conservation organizations spoke about the importance of this decision.
On June 9th, the Supreme Court of Canada announced that it had granted the First Nations and environmental groups leave to appeal the decision by the Yukon Court of Appeal. The case will be heard in 2017. This confirms that the matter is of national and public importance. The decision will set a precedent for land use planning across the territory and the country.
The First Nations and conservation groups have announced that they will be applying for leave to appeal the recent Yukon Court of Appeal's decision to the Supreme Court of Canada. The current ruling allows the government a do-over on its misconduct and leaves the Peel vulnerable to development.
The Yukon Court of Appeal issued its ruling, upholding the Supreme Court's finding that the government violated its constitutional obligations and failed to act in the spirit of reconciliation. However, it issued a new remedy, sending the consultation back to an earlier stage, which is a major step back for land use planning and leaves the Peel at risk.