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...

1.

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.

2.

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

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

3.

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.

4.

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

5.

What about the Peel? Art Show


Yukon Artists @ Work Gallery
120 Industrial Road, Whitehorse
April 4-28, 2014
Opening Reception, April 4, 5-8 pm


6.

Yukon Youth Climbing Team Climb-A-Thon for the Peel

1307 Elm St., Whitehorse
April 5, 8 am - 8 pm
Contact Alain D'Allaire at 332-8413 to sponsor the climbers.


7.

Zipline for the Peel


Equinox Adventures, Takhini Hotsprings
April 12, 1-4 pm
$5 a ride

8.

Caribou Legs Runs for the Peel


Caribou Legs, Brad Firth will run from Inuvik, NWT to Whitehorse, Yukon to deliver letters from the Gwich'in people about the Peel Watershed to the Yukon Government.

Join him for a portion of his run or come out to celebrate its conclusion at a rally in Whitehorse.
Run: April 2-22
Rally: April 22, 12-3 pm, Yukon Legislative Assembly

9.

Join the Friends for Peel Watershed Protection on Facebook.

Follow Us

10.

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