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Lands and Resources

The Lands and Resources Department’s mandate arises from the First Nation Final and Self Government Agreements of 1993 and subsequent policy development. In 2000 the department developed a mission statement and principles for departmental operations which remain in effect.

Principles of Departmental Operation

– Conservation of natural resources for current and our children’s futures use;
– Striving for sustainable development and use of natural resources (which means balancing social, economic and environmental factors in decisions about conservation and development);
– Integration of Traditional Knowledge with Scientific Knowledge;
– Carrying out integrated land and resources management/co-management (which means that all elements of the ecosystem: physical and biological are considered when planning and management decisions are made);
– Mutually beneficial partnerships and cooperation with other governments, organizations and stakeholders;
– Public, elder and youth participation, and
– Fairness and timely responses to NND citizens, Council and others.

The Department is made up of four distinct units under the direction of the Lands Manager.

Coop Engagement Flowchart

Cooperative Engagement Process: The following protocol has been developed specifically to enhance the relationship between industry and the First Nation of Na-Cho Nyak Dun. The ultimate goal of developing this initiative is the well being of our community. We believe that following this protocol will create an opportunity to establish a balance between community, environment and industry needs. We hope that all parties will benefit from the equity in communication, decision-making and creation of new opportunities for our growth and human development.

Guiding Principles for Mining Interests: This Best Practices Code has been prepared for mineral exploration and mining companies who are planning activities on lands within the area traditionally occupied by the First Nation of Na-Cho Nyak Dun (NNDFN). This document provides proponents with guiding principles of how NNDFN will give life to the rights and interests gained through land claim settlement with respect to the management of activities within NNDFN Traditional Territory.

Lands & Resources Department Report – FNNND General Meeting

Report prepared by Josee Lemieux-Tremblay May 15th, 2020

Good day NND Citizens,

We would like to thank the FNNND staff and Citizens for your support during these trying times. Thank you to the following FNNND Land and Resources Department team:

  • Colleen Fraser, Chelsea Dolan, Mitch Andre, Jazmine Charette, Isiah Charette, Chelsea Dolan, Shirley Lucas, Gestie Tees, Bobbie-Lee Melancon,

Josh Samson, Beverly Genier, Frances Phillips, Bryan Moses, Christian Ducharme, William Vaneltzi, Lawrence McLaren, Blaine Peter, Marshall Buyck, Natasha Young, Joel Potié, Stephan Walke, Ellenise Profeit,

Dawna Hope, Anne Leckie, Bill Slater, Asia Winter-Sinnott.

For the Ongoing work on the Highway checkpoint and on various other files during the past months, in March and April 2020.

The month of March was busy wrapping up the existing program and gearing up for the new fiscal year. While the COVID-19 Pandemic happening around the world started to affect Canada, FNNND was proactive and didn’t wait for the Yukon to confirm any COVID-19 case before starting to make decisions in terms of how we approach this pandemic in the Yukon. Several letters were drafted and sent to the Yukon Premier, Ministers, Governments, Industries and NGO’s to confirm FNNND’s approach faced to this pandemic and regarding our Land Use Planning stance requesting to pause the ongoing regulatory assessments; requesting a staking moratorium while all mines go into temporary care-and-maintenance, in order to focus on re-deploying our resources to “Essential Services only.

FNNND Highway Checkpoint

FNNND coordinated the COVID-19 highway checkpoint in early April in order to help the Mayo community to monitor and share information pertaining to the Yukon’s Chief Medical Officer’s orders recently established under the Emergency Measures Act in relation to the COVID-19 Pandemic. This highway checkpoint is located at KM 44 on the Silver Trail Highway by the rest area located as we drive towards Mayo.  It is intended to enable the community to do contact tracing, in the event that a case of COVID-19 would be confirmed in the area. The highway checkpoint is keeping the FNNND Lands and Resources Department busy consisting of three shifts going from 8 am to 11 pm. Flaggers and coaches were hired to ensure a continued presence at the checkpoint site and to help with the coordination of vehicles and equipment.

Ongoing work on Lands files

The FNNND Lands and Resources department continues to pick up the phone and follow up on communications with Citizens, Counterparts and other Governments and Industries. Not all of the programs were paused which contributed to the challenge as we had to redeploy employees and hire new ones in order to ensure that the highway checkpoint runs smoothly. We now have a total of 21 Lands staff members helping with the Management, Coordination and assistance of the following activities; Highway checkpoint, liaising with YG Enforcement Officers under the Emergency Measures Act, liaising with EMR on current enforcement situations related to mines, spills, traditional food harvesting, environmental assessments, liaising with and monitoring of the Alexco, Victoria Gold, the North Yukon Oil and Gas Panel, the Climate Change file, the Peel implementation files, liaising with CYFN on numerous urgent issues related to the successor legislations, discussions with staff, colleagues, counterparts and legal counsel about Land-use Planning next steps, assistance with food security preparation for the Garden and partridge Creek farm. During this time our Lands staff continues to work on numerous files requiring ongoing attention: Fish and Wildlife files, a recent fish stock assessment, additional environmental assessment files involving discussions with the Lands branch and with the water board. Research on drones, review of Yukon Energy activities pertaining to the transmission line and to Mayo Lake, review of the decision document pertaining to the Keno Hill closure planning and reclamation implementation work. The work on the project assessments and permitting continued and FNNND remain inundated with Class 1 applications along with various quartz and placer mining exploration applications and other development and amendments to existing projects. We followed the advice from legal counsel, continuing to comment on numerous project applications, with the goal to keep the momentum, while all of the First Nation Governments are working hard at coping with the COVID-19 situation. FNNND placed additional requests with the YG Government emphasizing our focus on Land Use planning for the Northern Tutchone region, which is 25 years overdue since the promises for Land Use planning were made upon the signing of the Self Government agreement in 1993.

Picture of the FNNND COVID-19 Highway checkpoint started in early April 2020.

Pictures were taken by Lands Officer Lawrence McLaren during the Spring Break Youth Cultural Camp coordinated by the Heritage Department.

Pictures of the FNNND Lands staff working at the COVID-19 Highway checkpoint started in early April 2020.

We are now resuming the work on several projects; the FNNND and VIT CBA review, the next steps needed in terms of Land Use Planning, the FNNND Lands and Resources Committee to be re-established ASAP, the work on the enforcement piece for the Lands officers, the follow up needed in terms of the FNNND legislation review and next steps based on FNNND’s needs and visions.

We are looking at finalizing some job descriptions and contracts to help FNNND to fulfill the work needed on all of the aforementioned programs and files.

If you have any questions about the Lands and Resources Department or if you wish to provide any information or comments regarding Lands and Resources Programs, please contact the Lands Manager at landsmanager@nndfn.com or call: 1 (867) 996-2265, Ext 144 and we will direct you to the proper program person.

Mussi Cho/ Thank you!

Josee Lemieux-Tremblay, Lands Manager

Happy New Year! Mussi Cho for another blessed holiday season and we welcome back the sunshine and some longer days! The following is a brief outline of the on-going and continued work happening within the Lands department.


COVID-19 Measures:

  • FNNND has now lifted some of the Covid Pandemic measures and now have most of our Staff back in the office and in the field. However, due to the second Covid wave, and the new variants emerging, some of the Staff who can work from home will do so until further notice. FNNND Government House continues to remain closed to the public. The main goal is the protection of our most vulnerable and our Elderly community members. • FNNND issued additional measures in December to continue ensuring protection to the community, including mandatory masks in all FNNND Office buildings and encourage everyone to follow the Safe 6 Rules.• It is also recommended that all Citizens coming back to Mayo from Whitehorse or outside of the territory should self-isolate for 14 days.

ATAC Proposed Project: DENIED

  • Following a series of Community engagement and consultation in 2020, we are in support of YG’s latest decision to deny a permit for ATAC Resources to build a road. • Several deficiencies were found in their application and we need to continue working hard as this process is not finished.• During this time, FNNND continues to focus on the Land Use Planning work.

Water Board Public Interest Hearing on Placer Mining in Wetlands

  • FNNND still awaits the final decision of the Yukon Water Board’s deliberation outcome.

Metallic Minerals LOTR Project 2020-0028

  • FNNND was disappointed with the latest YG draft decision document, regarding this Metallic Minerals proposed project in the middle of the Beaver River Land Use Planning area. • Located near a prime sheep habitat by a significant Mineral salt lick. • FNNND has been clear with YG that consultation around this project must include “in-person” consultation with the FNNND Citizens (in a comparable way to that was done to amend the ATAC Application).• Given the range and scope of the potential adverse impacts of this project, FNNND believes that consultation with the Citizens is necessary. “The Crown cannot decline to consult with a Rights Holding Collective” (FNNND’s Citizens as a whole). • FNNND is currently working with Legal Counsel to confirm how we can help resolve the issues surrounding YG’s faulty bureaucratic communication and decision-making machine currently contradicting messages formulated by the Ministers.

Victoria Gold CBA REVIEW

  • FNNND initiated a full review of the CBA arrangements between FNNND and Victoria Gold through our Legal Counsel. It is the goal to include a full analysis the economic components and other associated socio-economic aspects, while we continue working on the environmental components though our Technical Advisor, Bill Slater and our Environmental Monitors, Bryan Moses and Helaina Moses; as well as input from the whole Lands Team. We are working toward establishing a proper FNNND monitoring program at the site. • A letter was issued to Victoria Gold indicating that FNNND will NOT support new developments until the CBA review is completed and until the company has better adaptive management systems in place to include contingency storage for any future spills that may occur.


Yukon Energy Corporation REVIEW

  • FNNND also initiated a review of its long overdue arrangement with YEC. • It is important that we look at the FULL picture of all the existing and proposed projects in the Traditional Territory of FNNND.• Yukon Energy is one of the companies expected to supply power to several of these companies.• It is our belief that FNNND should be provided with Adequate Contribution and Respectful Consultation under FNNND’s “timeline”. • FNNND sent a letter to YEC indicating that we are not in support of their proposal to YESAB until existing issues can be resolved, with the help of Legal Counsel Nuri Frame and FNNND’s Implementation team; they are looking at the economics, legality, and Treaty Rights side of things.• FNNND Citizen researchers are now helping us to look deeper into the Socio-Economic impacts, while our Lands Team continues to work with our Technical Advisors, Bill Slater and Nick DeGraph, on the environmental components of this file.

Beaver River Regional LUP/Chapter 11 Land Use Planning/FNNND Settlement Land Use Planning

  • FNNND is looking forward to a “Draft” Land Use Plan being ready for approval this upcoming year. We continue to push YG to make the right decision and merge this Land Use Planning into our “Chapter 11-Land Use Planning”. The implementation of any Land Use Plan will be the foundation for future proper “Land Use”, which is based on proper consultation, collaboration, and co-management of the resources between FNNND and YG. • Continued on-going discussions with our Counterpart First Nations and YG, to address how to move forward with the Chapter 11 Land Use Planning. •FNNND is currently strategizing the “next-steps” in the Land Use Planning mechanism, which will tackle the FNNND Settlement Lands, to ensure that FNNND’s interests are respected, in-terms of protection and usage. Land Use Planning is indeed only one of the tools for determining how to share the Land – but it is an important tool!

Peel Watershed Plan Implementation

  • Workshops were held with key individuals to gather input on a series aspect. The recommendations resulting from these workshops will assist in conducting conformity checks on prospective industrial projects; and will help regulators and assessors to determine appropriate terms and conditions to apply to permitted projects in the Watershed. • The workshops have also identified several places where additional information is required in order to enable conformity checks to be conducted in accordance with the terms and conditions of the Peel Plan. It is still unclear how these terms and conditions should be communicated and incorporated into the regulatory system. • FNNND is proceeding to the next steps in-terms of discussions about the SMA’s and follow-up with GTC and other entities in the NWT. • Discussions are on-going

about a potential minor amendment to the Peel Plan, to address the protection of a GTC significant Cultural area.

Memorandum of Understanding with Carleton University/ Water Budget and Climate Change.

  • Professor Chris Burn was key in mapping the permafrost in central Yukon, near Mayo. Chris spent over 40 years in the area studying permafrost and climate change. We are pleased to be able to have Chris working closely with FNNND on a series of great projects related to climate change, land cover classification, land and water protection.
  • We are currently involved with Carlton University on a “Snow Compaction” Study and Field Work on the Dempster Highway and in the Mayo region. • Chris and his team will assist FNNND with land hydrology review and geomatic work.

Climate Change Program with CIRNAC

  • Dawna Hope is also involved with additional Climate Change initiatives with CIRNAC (Crown Indigenous Relations and Northern Affairs Canada. • Dawna is helping FNNND with the Water Budget and Climate Change program. She is working hard to ensure that we integrate the need for water protection to the Land Use Planning exercise. In fact, the goal is to center the planning around water.

Water Transboundary Agreement

  • FNNND will continue to closely monitor the “Bi-lateral Transboundary Agreement between The First Nation Governments, YG and the NWT, regarding: the Waters Reporting from the Peel and Mackenzie Delta to the Beaufort Sea”.

Yukon South Beringia Priority Place

  • Dawna and Joel will help with the “Initiative” to integrate water protection to other conservation efforts; and assess potential support to complete the consolidation and collection of baseline information needed to fill the gaps. This is to better position the FNNND towards a meaningful, meticulous and well-thought Land Use Planning process.

Water Quality Monitoring with AON/ FNNND WQuality Baseline

  • FNNND continues participation on a water sampling program with AON, collecting monthly water samples and flow measurements at McQuesten, Haggart, Cristal, and Duncan Creek. This is being done in collaboration with YG Water Resources who will help FNNND closely investigate the Cash Creek water quality changes. • The main goal remains to expand our capacity and create a water quality monitoring program for the entire Traditional Territory. Dawna will lead some of this work on the Water Strategy Resolution. FNNND will then be able to collect adequate baseline data as needed, prior to and during any proper Land Use Planning exercise.

Traditional Knowledge (TK) Data Consolidating, Digitizing, and Protection

  • We are currently working closely with the FNNND Heritage Department and Implementation department and other resources to adopt a new system to help protect FNNND’s sensitive Traditional Knowledge, (TK).• This will help the Lands team with the on-going Environmental Assessments needed to be completed daily, in order to ensure proper Land, Water and Cultural protection for FNNND.• As part of this exercise, we retained professional support from Eric Delong (who was key in helping with the Peel spatial analysis during the planning stage). Eric is working with Tammy Grantham of CTFN to provide guidance to FNNND to be able to adopt a new tool called CKK (Community Knowledge Keeper). • This work will involve selecting a “Champion” to be the link between key individuals/departments and to help with arranging the digitization of archive documents; and the search, retrieval and uploading of historical documents.

Lands Administration, Protocol and Structure

  • Our Lands Assistant & Executive Lands Assistant are working with the Lands team to assess the Department structures and methodology utilized to administer various branches of activities pertaining, but not limited to: FNNND Land Lease, Land Tenure, Lands Registry, FNNND Lands applications (Forest Resources Applications, Hunting Applications, Access Agreements and other Resources Extraction Applications).• We are working at creating a better protocol of administration through specific branches and staff and other resources identified under the Department.

Lands Officers and Guardians program

  • Our Officers and Guardians have been kept busy on patrols monitoring the Land and assisting other departments, as needed.• Following up on various matters to ensure that individuals or companies are adhering to the policies, safety measures and mandate to ensure proper protection of the Citizens, Lands, Water and Cultural Heritage.• Participation in a Carlton University “Snow Compaction” Study and field work on the Dempster Highway and in the Mayo region is on-going.• Gap Trail overland trip to the Ethel Lake Outpost. Blaine Peter (Lands Patrol Officer) and Gary Hope (Lands Guardian) are working alongside new casual Hires, Jamie Phillps and Tyrell Genier. Unfortunately, our former Patrol Officer, Lawrence McLaren has moved on to other new employment! We wish you well Lawrence! Mussi Cho!

Environmental Monitors

  • Bryan and Helaina continues to do the environmental monitoring and water sampling at the following: • Alexco and Keno Hill Mining District. • the Victoria Gold mine site • the FNNND Traditional Territory Water Station as part of the ION (Indigenous Observation network) and Yukon River Inter-Tribal Watershed Council. • They will be key to assist Dawna and the team in establishing a proper monitoring system for the whole TT.

Environmental Assessments (YESAB, Water Board YG Consultation).

  • This file involves a significant amount spent on communication with YG’s Public servants, Environmental Assessors, NGO’s, Conservation Groups, Regulators and various Stakeholders while we aim to provide adequate services for the FNNND Citizens. • Overall, FNNND’s position continues to be aiming for Land Use Planning while consolidating baseline data. FNNND is not against resource development and other commercial activities; however, FNNND does not support new developments and/ or land use activities until a Land Use Plan is in place, as per Chapter 11 of the Umbrella Final Agreement.• We are initiating a review to modernize the FNNND documents and protocols about the Cooperative Engagement Process for Economic Activities Proposed in the Traditional Territory of the FNNND, the NND Cooperative Engagement Flowchart, the Guiding Principles Towards Best Practices Codes for Mineral Interests within FNNND TT, the NND Cultural Orientation and Protocols Tool Kit and Engaging with Yukon First Nations and Communities: (A quick reference guide to effective and respectful engagement practices, we need to identify the gaps on the FNNND Mandate Guide for Mining Activities and Projects).

Fish and Wildlife Report

Moose: FNNND IS CALLING ON ALL YUKONERS (Including FNNND Citizens) to voluntarily adhere to conservative moose hunting practices within the Mayo and Upper Klondike Highway MMU’s (See FNNND Moose Harvest Statement 2020). Until a FNNND Moose Management Planning Committee and a Northern Tutchone Land Use Plan are implemented. FNNND strongly believes that without a better understanding of cumulative effects on our moose populations, more conservative hunting regulations and the creation of a Northern Tutchone Land Use Plan, the current hunting and industrial development regimes of today are unsustainable.• This evolving concern has led to the proposed studies (the intent of this research to incorporate existing data into a holistic model that considers land use activities, climate change and other potential drivers of change.• The Lands team proposes to model important traditional foods to the FNNND (berries/medicines and moose). Further, the models will allow for a holistic assessment of the consequences of numerous drivers on the traditional foods of the FNNND. Application of the model could serve to identify which variables have the greatest influence on the traditional foods of the FNNND which will enable us to run simulation on how this could influence land use activities of the FNNND and should be the target of monitoring efforts.

Salmon – As everyone is aware, there are low salmon numbers returning – most Citizens have similar observations and have regulated their catches accordingly. COVID-19 prevented us from conducting appropriate community engagement for the Community-based salmon plan, so this is postponed until next fiscal year. • We have put in for funding to revisit previously identified sonar sites, most notably, just down river from Partridge Creek farm, to verify their continued suitability. We plan to reach out to partners for support in a Sonar program on the Stewart River. • Northern Contaminant Program –waiting on final results from last years samples (fish and moose) and we will be publishing a report, supported by Mary Gamberg. The results we have obtained from moose indicate levels of most elements measured in moose tissues are not of concern, although kidney cadmium concentrations may cause some concern for human health depending on the quantity of organs consumed. Moose meat (muscle) does not accumulate high levels of contaminants and is a healthy food choice. • FNNND had a great summer collaborating with YG Env. On Cumulative Effects research (camera deployment) and associated linear disturbance field work.

Bear Bio – We are in continued discussion with Jodie Pongrazs looking at ways of incorporating TEK and LEK into adequate models. • The Grizzly bear research was conducted in summer months, so will give an excellent snap shot in time, for that season. Unfortunately, it will be rather weak in determining bear use of the landscape in other seasons. To address this, we are working with the Bear bio to try and develop some methodology to incorporate TEK and LEK to provide habitat data, and grizzly bear use of the Beaver River in other seasons.• The Caribou count and the Lower Macmillan River moose survey which was successfully completed in November by Joel and Mark O’Donoghue with participation from the following FNNND Citizens: Dawna Hope, Gary Hope, Kadrienne Hummel, Lexis Hummel, Bryan Moses, Felix Plouffe, Josh Samson, Teresa Samson. Mark is now in the process of entering and checking all the data and we will then be spending a few months analysing the results. I will be sure to send you all the data and results as they become available.• The Fish and wildlife harvesting surveys are currently ongoing and we will provide a report in the upcoming months.• The “Yukon South Beringia Priority Place Initiative” work is continuing through the CIRNAC initiative regarding habitat conservation while the work continues to liaise with key entities regarding the implementation of management plans for several key conservation areas.• We will use chapter 16 to identify simple process to endorse approval of handing down traplines and assess compensations needs accordingly.

Alexco/ERDC Keno Hill Reclamation Plan and New developments

  • FNNND is resuming the discussions about the Keno Hill Reclamation Plan and Water Licence Application for the Implementation of the Closure plan. One item that is delaying the plan for the past couple of years is the Cultural and Heritage Management plan.• This item is one of the conditions of the Decision document which states that no Reclamation measures are to be initiated until the Management plan is complete.• This work is currently being done with the help of key individuals and organizations like Wendy Shearer, Joella Hogan, Alexandra Winton, YG Abandoned Mines, YG Heritage Branch, Alexco/ERDC and CIRNAC (Crown Indigenous Relations and Northern Development Canada).

Helaina Moses, Bryan Moses and Vanessa Environmental Monitors Bryan Moses, Helaina Moses, and Vanessa Bennett of Geomancia Consulting and Drone North in the filed as part of the ground truthing work for the Cultural and Management Plan of the Keno Hill Reclamation Plan.


Successor Legislation (updating of outdated mining legislation), Mineral development Strategy

  • FNNND continues to work with the MINING MOU Working Group with CYFN and the other Yukon First Nation Lands and Resources Departments.
  • This Working Group involved three sub-working groups; “Roads on Claims”, “Compliance Monitoring and Enforcement” and “Progressive Reclamation” Working Groups. These groups have for mandates to inform and place recommendations to the Government in terms of new legislations.

Firesmart/Community Wildfire Protection Plan/Forest Resources

  • Firesmart; The next step will be to brush up the outstanding area by the C6 subdivision which experienced some significant additional growth over the past years.
  • Community Wildfire Protection Plan (CWPP) FNNND joined a working group comprised of YG WFM, Village of Mayo (VOM) to discuss additional fire preventive measure and treated areas that could be identified along with additional funding for the community. The goal continues to ensure the protection of the people, community, structures, and other infrastructures to prepare for future significant wildfire threats.


  • Our FNNND Transboundary Negotiators are inviting representatives of the Sahtu Secretariat Inc. (“SSI”) to join FNNND, the Government of Northwest Territories (“GNWT”), and the Government of Canada for discussions about the current status of the negotiations, key issues, and areas where the input of SSI would be most helpful.

North Yukon Inter-Governmental Oil and Gas Forum

  • The work continues to ensure that FNNND, VGG and TH are fully involved with the discussions with YG, the NWT and the Inuvialuit’s Nations regarding work surrounding well reclamation and oil leases on the Dempster highway with Chance Oil and Gas and to ensure to protect FNNND’s rights regarding the plans for the Beaufort Sea.

Yukon Gateway project

  • FNNND is going to initiate a full review of this file to ensure that FNNND’s interests are protected.

What’s next?

  • 2021/2022, work plan and budgeting for new fiscal year.
  • We are looking forward to resuming the Lands Monthly Citizen Meetings as soon as permissible and the Lands & Resources Committee should be up and running very soon now that the Terms of Reference is ready, and we are following up to appoint appropriate FNNND Citizens. Mussi Cho! Thank you!


 Josée Lemieux-Tremblay

Lands and Resources Manager

(Nänyę Yétsiyóhoyän)

First Nation of Na-Cho Nyäk Dun


867-996-2265 Ext. 144


FNNND Eagle Gold Liaison (Victoria Gold Corporation)

General Meeting Report

February 27th, 2021


Dzyän Sóthän (Good Day)!

A brief update to advise that I have returned to the position from annual leave, which I took to complete my studies in human resources management at Simon Fraser University (SFU).

For the term from January – December 2020, the position was not filled, although, the Lands staff did a good job in supporting the project throughout the vacancy among challenging circumstances, such as, COVID-19 and with limited personnel.

These are the current priority discussion and collaboration points relating to the Eagle Gold Project:

  • CBA Review Process: NND Lands and Legal teams have initiated the review process with Victoria Gold. The agreement has not been reviewed since it was signed in 2011 and now that the mine is in production and prior to further development considerations now is the time to review, evaluate and measure the benefits FNNND are receiving. Below is a brief summary of the CBA:

The objective of the agreement between FNNND and Victoria Gold Corp., known as the Comprehensive Cooperation and Benefits Agreement (CCBA), is to support and foster a cooperative, respectful relationship with the exploration activities and for the Eagle Gold Project in promoting effective and efficient communication; promote business and employment opportunities;  environmental stewardship; provision of financial benefit; and to establish forum to matters and issues related to the implementation of the agreement.

Citizens are encouraged to contact me with any feedback in terms of information, suggestions or concerns that may be applicable to this process (i.e., Elders, Workers (current, past and/ or unsuccessful), Resource Workers, etc.)


  • Eagle Gold Extension: Citizens will notice public consultation meetings held for the Village of Mayo and Whitehorse Residents and other public global communications over the next month regarding their plan to develop an extension project to Eagle Gold. This is a required under YESAA to provide Yukoners with information. Please be advised this extension project was not inclusive to the original plan of the project. NND Citizen Consultation Meetings with Victoria Gold may occur within the near future, stay tuned!


  • CBA Committee Membership: NND is seeking (1) member for the committee. If you are interested or have a background in business and/ or economic development, mineral and mining development, and/ or socioeconomic monitoring planning for your community please feel free to contact me or Bev Brown, NND Executive Assistant for an application.


  • VIT/ NND Scholarship Recipients for Winter 2021 Semester: Geri-Lee Buyck, Dawna Hope, Carolene Lucas, Jana Modras, Talese Shilleto, Collin Skaper, Asia Winter-Sinnott, and Gavin Winter-Sinnott. Congratulations!!


  • NND Human Resources and Business Registry: If you would like to apply to be on NND’s registries for employment and/ or contract work at the mine please contact me immediately to assist you.


  • Citizen Tours: Please advise if you or a group are interested in participating in a “Citizens Tour” of the Eagle Gold Project and we may be able to accommodate.

It is encouraged Citizens to be and keep informed within the life span of this project as this impacts our future land use, protection and prosperity for future generations as more Industry accesses our traditional territory. It is important!


Email: ronalda.moses@nndfn.com

Phone: 867-996-2265 ext. 149


This Mobile Workers Guide – Fly-in/Fly-out and Rotational Shift Work in Mining. Yukon Experiences presents a wide range of insights into a work life that is characterised by mobility, living in camps and being on scheduled times away from home. In it, experienced workers — men and women alike — from a variety of professions in the exploration and mining sector provide insight for those who are new to this industry. They share stories, experiences, strategies for coping with potential difficulties and tips for how to benefit from this traveling lifestyle. The sections of the guide introduce the readers to topics, such as, coping with boom and bust cycles, specifics of mining communities, First Nation employment, women in mining, family life and private relationships, income management and career development.

Authors: Gertrude Saxinger and Susanna Gartler

Publishers: First Nation of Nacho Nyäk Dun / ReSDA – Resources and Sustainable Development in the Arctic / Yukon College

Contact: Gertrude.Saxinger@gmail.at

Project “ReSDA – Ressources and Sustainable Development in the Arctic”


This story map was created for the Wildlife Conservation Society Canada  – Northern Boreal Mountains Program by Chrystal Mantyka-Pringle (cmantykapringle@wcs.org) with input from the First Nation of Na-Cho Nyäk Dun, Brad Cundiff, Jaime Grimm, Meg Southee, and Don Reid. Interactive map was created by Meg Southee (msouthee@wcs.org). This research was financially supported by the Yukon River Panel Restoration & Enhancement Fund and the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation.

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