The Peel River Watershed.
A land of rugged mountains, pure rivers, boreal forests and tundra, in the northeast of Canada’s Yukon Territory. One of the largest unspoiled natural areas in North America, this is a wild land in a world that is losing its wildness.
At 68,000 km², the Peel Watershed is larger than the entire province of Nova Scotia. Six rivers flow through this landscape into the Peel River, which travels north to the Arctic Ocean via the Mackenzie River Delta.
This is the homeland of four First Nations who have been sustained by the land since time immemorial:
The First Nation of Na-Cho Nyak Dun, the Tr'ondëk Hwëch'in, Vuntut Gwitchin First Nation, and the Tetlit Gwich'in Council. As the northern anchor of the Yellowstone to Yukon wildlife corridor, the Peel Watershed is a refuge for species threatened by habitat fragmentation and climate change. Grizzly bears, wolves, and caribou roam freely; migratory birds find sanctuary in the wetlands; and the area is home to rare plant populations.
This extraordinary place is under threat.
Despite overwhelming opposition, the previous Yukon Government tried to open 70% of the Peel Watershed to industrial development, including mining and fossil fuel extraction. So far, we have been able to stop this through legal action, but the fate of the Peel Watershed is still undecided.
These First Nations, together with CPAWS Yukon and the Yukon Conservation Society, and with the support of the majority of the Yukon people, are fighting to protect the Peel Watershed and uphold the integrity of the agreements between First Nations and the Yukon and Canadian governments. We have taken this fight to the Supreme Court of Canada.
Stand with us to protect the Peel Watershed so that we do not lose this unparalleled Canadian treasure. Let’s show all levels of government that the Peel Watershed is precious to Yukoners, Canadians, and the world.