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YUKON SUPREME COURT SAYS GOVERNMENT MUST HONOR LAND USE PLAN

12/15/2014

The Supreme Court of Yukon recently ruled against the territorial government for its attempt to override a negotiated land use plan for the Peel watershed region. Elections in 2011 gave the Yukon Party a majority government in the territory, which officials viewed as a mandate to revisit the plan negotiated with indigenous leaders. The government's new plan would have protected only 29% of the watershed from mining while the original plan prevented new development in 80% of the region. Justice Ron Veale ruled that the territorial government did not have authority to override the negotiated plan and said the government's actions did not align with the goal of reconciliation with First Nations, four of which claim traditional territory in the watershed. For the full story, see http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2014/12/141206-peel-watershed-yukon-canada-ruling-land-use-planning/.