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:

Placer Mine – Steep Creek (#2021-0040)

Proponent: Brandy Gyorfi

Submission Deadline: March 24, 2021

The Project is a placer mining operation on 4 claims along Steep Creek, tributary of Mayo Lake in the Stewart River Watershed. The Project is within Na-Cho Nyak Dun Traditional Territory, approximately 46 km from Mayo. The site will be accessed by boat via Mayo Lake. Project activities are proposed to occur from April 25 to October 1, annually for ten years.

Placer Mine – Maisy May Creek (#2021-0031)

Proponent: 40419 Yukon Inc.

Submission Deadline: March 30, 2021

The Project is a placer mining operation over 78 non-contiguous claims along Maisy May Creek, tributary to the Stewart River. The Project is located 78 km southeast from Dawson City and is within the Traditional Territories of Tr’ondëk Hwëch’in and First Nation of Na-Cho Nyak Dun. Project activities may occur on Settlement Land parcel TH-82A and private titled lot (8722 CSLR YT). Project activities will occur from March 15 to October 30, annually for 10 years.

Quartz Exploration – Nidd Project (#2020-0168)

Proponent: Fireweed Zinc Ltd

Submission Deadline: March 30, 2021

The Proponent is proposing a Class 4 exploration program at the Nidd Project, which consists of 456 claims, in the Macmillan Pass, near the Yukon/NWT border in southeast Yukon. The Project is located approximately 199 km northeast of Ross River off of the North Canol Road and is within the Traditional Territories of the Ross River Dena, the Liard First Nation, and the First Nation of Na-Cho Nyak Dun. 

Access to the Nidd Project will use the North Klondike Highway from Whitehorse to Carmacks, the Robert Campbell Highway from Carmacks to Ross River, and then the North Canol Road from Ross River to the existing trail head on the Jason claims (owned by the same Proponent under authorization LQ00490a). The access route through the Jason claims is the Jason Main Road, which leads to Mac Creek where the Nidd Main Road begins. No activities are proposed to occur on the Jason Main Road aside from using it as an access route to the Nidd Project. Signage will be installed on the Jason Main Road to indicate industrial activity in the area.

The Macmillan Pass airstrip will be used to transport supplies and personnel from Whitehorse and/or Ross River 1-2 times per week. These flights will be combined with those for the Tom and Jason Project to reduce flights to the area. Personnel and supplies will then be transported to the camp via the Jason Main Road and Nidd Main Road to reduce helicopter flights.

Activities are scheduled to occur annually from February 1 to November 30, for 10 years

Placer Mine – Minto and Bennett Creeks Amendment (#2021-0019)

Proponent: Ken Wilson

Submission Deadline: April 1, 2021

The Project is an amendment to an existing placer mine consisting of 26 claims (PM17-024), previously assessed by the Mayo Designated Office under YESAB projects # 2016-0174 and # 2019-0112. The Project is amended with the addition of three placer claims and one placer lease (equivalent to approximately 10 bench claims). The Project is located along Bennett Creek, a tributary of Minto Creek, which is a tributary of Mayo River within the Mayo River Watershed. The Project is located approximately 17 km northwest of the Village of Mayo, accessed via the Minto Lake Road off the Silver Trail Highway. The Project is located within the Traditional Territory of the First Nation of Na-Cho Nyak Dun. Operations will continue March 1 – October 31 annually for the remainder of the permit, which expires May 2, 2027.

Adequacy Review

Quartz Exploration – McConnells Jest Project (#2021-0055)

Proponent: Zonte Metals Inc.

Proposed activities include a small temporary 16-person camp in an area of a 1998 forest fire and exploration activities that would commence annually in late May with line-cutting in two areas. Drilling will start in August, with end of activity and camp closure in October. The Property consists of 172 contiguous quartz mining claims and covers an area of approximately 3,371 hectares. The property itself has seen limited exploration activity. A series of upgrades to the access to the property were conducted during summer 2016 by a previous operator. Two major mineral properties lie adjacent to McConnells Jest: The Eagle Gold property (formerly Dublin Gulch) to the west, and Alexco Resource Corporation’s Keno Hill silver district to the southeast.

Agriculture Land Application 989 – Stewart River (#2021-0054)

Proponent: Bernard Luken

This proposal is to increase the land of an existing farm to work towards developing an economically self-sufficient scale of farming. The land parcel is directly adjacent to the proponents existing farm and will be cleared for crop production.

Placer Mine – Lower Clear Creek and Benches (#2021-0051)

Proponent: Wolfhead Discovery and Mining LLC

The purpose of this proposal is to renew an existing Class 4 Mining Land Use Permit and Water Licence for a large active placer operation on lower Clear Creek (115 P 12-13). Clear Creek is a major placer creek with dozens of active and many more historical operations having experienced various degrees of placer mining for over 120 years. The proposed renewed license is situated within the overlapping traditional territories of the Tr’ondek Hwech’in and Nacho Nyak Dun First Nations. Wolfhead Discovery and Mining LLC mining operations that have been active onsite for seven years and a significant amount of mining and reclamation have been completed. The past seven years have seen a great deal of development, including roads, a large camp on site, mining cuts, reclamation, and infrastructure development (ponds, ditching etc). This renewal proposal includes to continue to mine upstream on Clear Creek from where the past mining program has recently finished and a second camp.

First Nation of Na-Cho Nyak Dun Farm Abattoir (#2021-0043)

Proponent: Na Cho Nyak Dun

The Na Cho Nyak Dun is planning to bring the historical Partridge Creek Red/White Meat Abbattoire online in the fall of 2021. The purpose of this endeavor is twofold. To ensure food security and reinforce food sovereignty initiatives for the Na Cho Nyak Dun First Nation, and to provide local slaughter services to Northern farmers while training Na Cho Nyak Dun Citizens in this career path as part of the Na Cho Nyak Dun Food Hub Project.

Placer Mine – Keystone Creek (#2021-0041)

Proponent: Stuart Gray

The purpose of the proposal is to obtain a Class 3 mining Land Use permit for a right limit tributary, and bench claims of Keystone Creek. Proposed placer mining activities and its associated reclamation will be active for an estimated 10 years. Exploration for placer gold will include RC drill holes, test pits and trenches dug, these select gravels will be tested through a test plant to sluice the gravels. No roads will be constructed. An existing trail on the tributary will be used for access. Camp facilities will consist of 2 cabins, 6 trailers, storage sheds and RVs. Mining and reclamation operations will require up to 9 operating personnel.

Placer Mine – Terry Pup (#2021-0018)

Proponent: David Phillips

This is a renewal application for a 10-year Placer Mining Water Use Licence and Mining Land Use Operative Permit. This is the only placer operation on this drainage. The property is accessed from Dawson City via the Klondike Highway to Hunker Creek, over the summit and down the Dominion Creek access road for approximately 5 km to where the road levels out. An access road is proposed to be developed to the top of claim blocks at a rate of approximately 65-100 meters per year for a maximum of 900 meters.

Quartz Exploration – Nitra and Aurex-McQuesten Amendment (#2021-0017)

Proponent: Banyan Gold Corp.

The purpose of the project is to continue Class IV quartz exploration on an additional 994 claims to existing permit LQ00482 in the Aurex-McQuesten area. This permit expires May 14, 2028. These claims currently have a class I program which was approved and valid until August/September 2021. This amendment includes increasing total access, including adding 60 km of temporary trails and using winter roads/trails to reduce the creation of long-term access or disturbance. Developed of 25 km of new roads and 60 km of new trails are proposed to the existing 50+ km of roads and trails.

Placer Mine – Ledge Creek (#2020-0190)

Proponent: Ralph Barchen

This proposed project includes conventional placer mining work continuing on 27 claims covering Ledge Creek and tributaries which drain directly into Mayo Lake. This property has been mined for decades and was last worked in the 1980’s. Proposed work involves continuing mining operations further up the valley. This work is proposed on grandfathered claims staked between the 1940’s and 1980’s, and it occurs overlapping NND Settlement Land Parcel R-2A and also overlaps an active trapline worked by an NND citizen.

Placer Mine – Granite Creek (#2020-0171)

Proponent: Jim Davies

This proposal is for the renewal of PM12-012 that expires July 1, 2020 with no changes except for a small increase in the volume of material stripped and sluiced from 200,000 m3 to 250,000 m3 each and add an additional camp with a crew of 6. Mining operations intend to continue mining upstream and downstream of current activities.

Placer Mine – Secret Creek (#2020-0091)

Proponent: Enviro-Gold Investments Ltd.

This will be two water license/land use projects amended to a single 10-year water license/land use project containing all contiguous grouped claims of each water license to form a 43 contiguous (grouped) claim water use, land use project. There will be no other amendments. This will reduce the impacts of mining by having one camp instead of two, single fuel storage instead of two and using 48,500 m less water use. This will be a 43-claim placer mining project using modern mining techniques to selectively process a minimal area in an environmentally responsible manner while posing no danger or threat to fish, water, heritage sites, or habitat. It will include hydro-sluicing drilling which will increase in volume from 25000-45000 c m overburden removal per annum, fuel storage to 20,000 L and a single camp size up to 9 miners.