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

Crooked Creek Bridge Replacement (#2020-0135)

Proponent: Darryl Cann, Department of Highways and Public Works, Transportation Engineering Branch

Submission Deadline: September 22nd, 2020

The Project is the replacement of a bridge and road realignment at Crooked Creek, located at km 521.4 of the North Klondike Highway, approximately 13 km south of Stewart Crossing. The purpose of the Project is to improve travel speed and safety along this stretch of highway. The existing bridge will remain in use while the new bridge is being constructed. The Project occurs in the Traditional Territories of Na-Cho Nyak Dun and Selkirk First Nations. Project activities are anticipated to begin in April 2021 and be completed by September 2022. The new bridge will have a lifespan of approximately 75 years.


Placer Mine—Black Hills Creek (#2020-0130):

Proponent: Stuart Placers Ltd.

Submission Deadline: September 15th, 2020

The proposed Project is the continuation of a class 4 placer mine on 140 claims on Black Hills Creek and tributaries. Black Hills Creek is a tributary of Stewart River within the Stewart River watershed. The Project is located within the Tr’ondëk Hwëch’in Traditional Territory, approximately 80 km southeast of Dawson City. Project activities are proposed to occur year round, for 10 years.


Placer Mine—Green Gulch (#2020-0145)

Proponent: DK Gold Inc.

Submission Deadline: September 22nd, 2020

The Project is a placer mine on 19 claims on Green Gulch which is a tributary to Sulphur Creek. The Project is located within the Central Yukon watershed and within the Traditional Territories of the Tr’ondëk Hwëch’in and First Nation of Na-Cho Nyäk Dun, approximately 50 km south of Dawson City. Project activities are proposed to occur from May 1 to October 15 annually for 10 years and include hydraulic stripping reporting directly to the watercourse, use of creek as a conduit, out-of-stream reservoirs, instream, and out-of-stream settling facilities, temporary and permanent stream diversions among other activities.


Adequacy Review

Placer Mine – Ping Pong Creek (#2020-0146)

Proponent: Nicholas Minelli

Stage: Adequacy Review

The proposed project involves placer mining activities on Ping Pong Creek, a tributary of Mayo Lake. Mining is proposed to take place on 11 claims, upstream of an existing placer mining permit. Types of work involve typical class 4 level placer work including stream diversion, installing of settling ponds, out-of-stream reservoirs and material processing. Work to take place seasonally for 10 years.


Quartz Exploration- Antimony Creek (#2020-0075)

Proponent: Ryanwood Exploration Inc.

Stage: Adequacy Information Request

The exploration will continue with GroundTruth Exploration Drones to Drills model which is a systematic, low environmental impact resource identification and assessment system. The purpose of this project is to further the exploration and understanding of gold occurrences and deposits on the property. The primary focus will be on expanding anomalies already discovered, with some effort put into locating new areas of interest.

Project takes place overlapping Antimony Creek just East of the Dempster Highway and just South of Tombstone Territorial Park. The project overlaps and is nearby a number of key wildlife areas and values.


Placer Mine—Secret Creek (#2020-0091)

Proponent: Enviro-Gold Investments Ltd.

Stage: Adequacy Information Request

The proposed project is a continuation of mining activity on Secret Creek, a tributary of Haggart Creek, within the McQuesten River Watershed. Class 4 placer mining operations are proposed on 43 contiguous claims along Secret Creek and involve activities such as hydraulic stripping, out-of-stream reservoirs, in-stream dugouts, out-of-stream settling facilities, up to 4km of stream diversions, use of fords, among other activities. Operations are proposed seasonally for 10 years.

Secret Creek and the Haggart Creek area has been mined for decades and has seen considerable cumulative impact from mining over that time, including the upstream Victoria Gold major mine operations. Secret Creek runs between two significant parcels of settlement land (R-8B and R-20B) and the proposed operations occur less than 1 km from settlement land parcel R-8B at its closest point.