Take Action at this Critical Time for the Peel Watershed

The Yukon government recently made an historic decision: to open one of the world's biggest natural treasures, the Peel River watershed, to development. Home to the greatest constellation of wild mountain rivers in North America, the Peel Watershed is one of the last large intact ecosystems on the continent.

A coalition of two Yukon First Nations and two Yukon environmental organization have launched a legal case to defend the Peel Watershed, represented by Thomas R. Berger, O.C, Q.C.

Berger and his clients, the First Nation of Na Cho Nyak Dun, Tr'ondëk Hwëch'in, Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society (CPAWS) Yukon Chapter, and the Yukon Conservation Society, have launched a legal action to force the Yukon Government to implement a Land Use Plan that would protect 54,000 square kilometers of wilderness in northern Yukon's Peel River Watershed, against mining and other industrial development.

After 6 years of careful study and consultation, the Peel Watershed Land Use Planning Commission recommended protecting 80% of this extraordinary wilderness with the remaining 20% open to carefully controlled development. The Yukon Government's announcement on January 21, 2014, threw out the Peel Watershed Land Use Planning Commission's Final Recommended Plan and instead implemented the government's own unilateral plan for the region. This new plan resulted in 71% of the region being opened up for mineral and oil and gas staking.

Read the press release announcing the legal case.

Learn about the differences between the Final Recommended Plan and the Yukon Government Plan.

Join with local people, First Nations, tourism and guide outfitting industries in support of the Peel Land Use Planning Commission's Final Recommended Plan.Donate to the Peel Legal Case

Yukoners have created a petition to oppose the Yukon Government's Peel decision. Join them here.

Write a letter to the editor. Here's some places you can
send it:

Yukon News editor@yukon-news.com
Whitehorse Star letters@whitehorsestar.com
Globe and Mail letters@globeandmail.com
Toronto Star lettertoed@thestar.ca
Canadian Geographic editor@canadiangeographic.ca
and The Walrus letters@thewalrus.ca

Write to the Yukon Government and tell them what you think of their decision. Here's who to send your letter to:

Premier Darrell Pasloski: darrell.pasloski@gov.yk.ca
Minister of the Environment Currie Dixon: currie.dixon@gov.yk.ca
Minister of Energy, Mines and Resources Scott Kent: scott.kent@gov.yk.ca

You Can Also...


Throw a Party for the Peel!

Throw a house party to help us fundraise for the Peel Legal Case. We'll provide you with a kit of information, decorations and door prizes. We'll even provide entry forms for your guests into our grand prize draws. Any donations you collect will go directly the Peel Legal Case.

To get your kit please contact achurch@cpawsyukon.org.


Drink Protect the Peel Watershed Wakeup Blend Coffee from Bean North.

$6 of every 1 lb bag goes to the Peel legal case.


Bike for the Peel.

Are you taking part in the Kluane-Chilkat International Bike Relay this year? If you are, get creative and show your support for the Peel legal case by naming your team something Peel related. Maybe you'll be the "PEELers", or the "Bonnet Plume Babes", or the "Snake River Speedsters". Email your team name to achurch@cpawsyukon.org so we can keep track. And remember that registration opens March 15th.


Become part of an international music video in support of protecting the Peel.

Support Matthew Lien's music recording Kickstarter project "Headwaters" Music of the Peel River Watershed.


Wheels for the Peel:

These 16 intrepid cyclists will be riding tandem from Haines Junction Yukon, 238 Km to Haines, Alaska along with hundreds of other riders in the Kluane Chilkat Bike Relay. Their goal is to raise $1000 for the Peel Legal case while they do this. You can support theme here.


Stand Up to Protect the Peel:

Don Curry will be traveling 4000 km by motorcycle from Portland, Oregon to Inuvik, NWT, completing the final leg of the ride (Dawson City to Inuvik) standing up to raise funds for the Peel legal case. Help send him off in Dawson City on Monday July 7th; give him a wave or a honk somewhere en-route; or greet him as he arrives in Inuvik on Tuesday July 8th. Donations to the legal case in honour of Don's ride can be made here, noting that "this donation support's Don Curry's ride" in the "Additional Information" box at the bottom of the page.


Peel Trial Week Events:

There is a myriad of ways to get involved in the Peel Trial – from physically taking it in at the Yukon Law Courts, to following online, to taking part in public events throughout the Yukon. For all the details check out the Peel Trial page.


Join the Friends for Peel Watershed Protection on Facebook.

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Share your idea to help with us at achurch@cpawsyukon.org.

Yukon Conservation Society
302 Hawkins Street Whitehorse, Yukon Y1A 1X6
(867) 668-5678 • ycsed@ycs.yk.ca
CPAWS Yukon Chapter
P.O. Box 31095, 211 Main St., Whitehorse, Yukon, Y1A 5P7
(867) 393-8080 • info@cpawsyukon.org