July 2021 Editorial for the Yukon News
Editorial for the Yukon Chamber of Mines
For July 2021 Submission to the Yukon News and Whitehorse Star
On June 15, the Dawson Regional Planning Commission released its Draft Land Use Plan (LUP) - Onthe Land We Walk Together"/ "Nän käk ndä tr'ädäl for an area encompassing 39,854 squarekilometres or approximately 10 per cent of the Yukon.
The Yukon Chamber of Mines (YCM) extends its appreciation to the Commission for its hard work inbringing the plan to this stage. Our valued membership of over 700 also appreciates theopportunity to comment on the Draft LUP through the Commission’s public engagement processcurrently underway until November 1, 2021.
The YCM fully supports land use planning in the territory and believes the process is a valuable toolin providing certainty and encouraging understanding and appreciation of the value differentsectors bring to the territory. The Yukon Mineral Development Strategy set some very aggressivetimelines for completion of remaining land use plans in the Yukon and the Chamber has alreadyreached out to Yukon Government, First Nations and the Council of Yukon First Nations to pledgeour organization’s support for the process and to confirm our commitment to being part of the process in bringing the remaining land use plans to fruition.