The Lands and Resources Department wishes to keep citizens informed and facilitate communication about projects and developments in the Traditional Territory. The Lands and Resources Department created this section to provide brief information about current projects and developments going through assessment under the Yukon Environmental and Socioeconomic Assessment Board (YESAB). Please find a brief summary of projects currently in the “seeking views” stage of assessment. 

Information/views/opinions/questions should be directed either to our Lands and Resources Department or to the local YESAB Designated Office (see contact below). No online posts or comments will be considered.

Contact us because…

1)      You have questions about the project or want more information;

2)      You would like to submit your own personal comments to YESAB about a project but need assistance;

3)      You have specific concerns or information about the project area or about values that might be affected by the project that you would like NND to consider when we submit comments,

Please contact our Environmental Assessment Officer, Stephan Walke

( 867-996-2265 ext. 152

In particular, consider the following questions:

1. What is important to you in the proposed project area?

  • What is the drainage like? 
  • Are there calving grounds?
  • Are there fish bearing streams?
  • Are there salmons spawning gravels?
  • Are there wetlands?
  • Are there important wildlife forage areas?
  • Are there old camp sites in the area?
  • Are there berry patches in the area?
  • Are there old trails in the area?
  • Is there an active trapline overlapping the area? 

2. How do you think those valued components would be affected or impacted by the proposed project?

3. Do you have any suggestions for how the effects you have identified could be reduced or eliminated?1

1taken from YESAB communication

YESAB Information and Contact: for information on all projects and interactive map for information about the Yukon Environmental and Socioeconomic Assessment Board

Mayo Designated YESAB Office:

PO Box 2126, Mayo, Y0B 1M0

Phone: 867-996-4040 // Fax: 867-390-4049

YESAB Projects Currently in Seeking Views

Current YESAB Projects in Seeking Views Stage:

15 Pup—Water License Amendment (#2022-0104):

Proponent: Len K. Andre

Comment Submission Deadline: July 27, 2022


The Project is an amendment to an existing placer water use license on 15 Pup and UNRLT #1, tributaries to Haggart Creek in the McQuesten River Watershed. The amendment will add diversions, water crossings and additional water withdrawal to the existing license, which expires in 2026. The Project is located within the Traditional Territory of the First Nation of Na-Cho Nyak Dun. Project activities are proposed to occur from April 1 to October 15, annually, until 2026.


Dry Creek Culvert Replacement and Road Realignment km 544.6 to km 546 N Klondike Highway (#2022-0099):

Proponent: Government of Yukon, Department of Highways and Public Works

Comment Submission Deadline: July 19, 2022


The Project is an amendment to the Zone 3 Reconstruction project (2020-0177). The Project will involve a significant alignment outside of the existing right-of-way and alterations to the proposed culvert replacement at Dry Creek. The Project is located along the Klondike Highway (#2) between km 544 and km 546, approximately 11 km northwest of Stewart Crossing. The Project is located within the Traditional Territory of the First Nation of Na-Cho Nyak Dun. Activities are proposed to occur over a single year within the next five years.


Placer Mine—McQuesten 2 (#2022-0087):

Proponent: Nine Hills Mining Co. Ltd.

Comment Submission Deadline: July 15, 2022


The Project is a placer mining on 17 claims along the McQuesten River in the Stewart River Watershed. The Project is located 40 km northwest of Steward Crossing, within the Traditional Territories of Tr’ondëk Hwëch’in and the First Nation of Na-Cho Nyak Dun. Project activities are proposed from May 1 to October 31, annually for 10 years.


Lower Duncan Creek Class 4 Amendment (#2022-0072):

Proponent: Rally! Mining ULC

Comment Submission Deadline: July 18, 2022


The Project is an amendment to an existing placer permit and Water Licence (PM14-066-1; YESAB #2014-0215), previously permitted to Duncan Creek Golddusters Ltd. The new Proponent, Rally! Mining ULC is applying to amend the permit and licence to include 96 placer and bench claims located on, and adjacent to, Duncan Creek and tributaries Beliveau Creek and Alyssa Pup 1, the modification of the existing Duncan Creek public access road, and the addition of a second, stand-alone operation. The Project is located on Duncan Creek, in the Traditional Territory of the First Nation of Na-Cho Nyak Dun, approximately 13 km southwest of Keno City and is accessed by the Silver Trail Highway and Duncan Creek Road. Project activities are scheduled to occur from March 15 to November 15 until the expiry of the current licence in 2025.


Adequacy Review

Placer Mine – Goodman Creek (#2022-0100):

Proponent: Gimlex Enterprises Ltd.


The project is a proposed renewal to existing license PM11-032-1 which is an existing placer mine on 32 claims on Goodman Creek, a direct tributary of the McQuesten River. The operation involves conventional placer mining techniques involving out-of-stream settling facilities and maximized recirculation. The application is for 10 years of operation including progressive and final reclamation.


Quartz Exploration – Nabob & Faro Claims (#2022-0108):

Proponent: Matthias Bindig


The purpose of the proposed project is to renew current permit LQ00387 in order to further explore the Nabob and Faro claims for their mineral potential and, if successful, continue to extract small quantities of ore from surface by excavator assisted hand mining methods. The alternative is to conduct no further work on the claims if the conclusion is made that there is no more potential for economic mineralization. Please refer to the YESAB Designated Office Evaluation Report of the initial Nabob & Harper Class 3 Quartz Mining Land Use Permit application. Project Assessment 2012-0158 for more details on the purpose of the project.


Placer Mine – Minto Creek/Roaring Fork (#2022-0118):

Proponent: Daniel Hanson


The proposed project is to operate a placer mining project in the area approved claims with the addition of the extra claims to an existing mining approval amended and or reapplied. The additional claims were added in the fall of 2019 and grouped with the existing claims to add more efficient ground and add to a more efficient operation. The operation will still fall under existing regulation and guidelines as the previous Land Use Permit #LP-01222, Grouping #GM-00328, Renewal Certificates #AM01541, #AM0542, at this time until another is approved if required.