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
(firstname.lastname@example.org) 867-996-2265 ext. 152
In particular, consider the following questions:
1. What is important to you in the proposed project 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:
www.yesabregistry.ca for information on all projects and interactive map
www.yesab.ca 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
Dempster Fibre Optics Project (#2019-0140)
Proponent: Government of Yukon, Highways and Public Works, Property Management Division
Submission Deadline: June 1st, 2020
The Project is for the construction of an 800 km fibre optic line from Dawson City, Yukon to Inuvik, Northwest Territories. The fibre optic line will start at the NorthwesTel terminal facility in Dawson City and follow the Klondike Highway and Dempster Highway to the Yukon/Northwest Territories border, primarily within the highway right-of-way. The Project is located within the Traditional Territories of Tr’ondëk Hwëch’in, Vuntut Gwitchin First Nation, the First Nation of Na-Cho Nyak Dun and the Secondary Use area for the Tetlit Gwich’in Council. Project activities are proposed to occur on Tr’ondëk Hwëch’in Settlement Land parcels S-113B1, S-165B and S-166B1.
Construction activities will commence during the spring of 2020 and will be completed by the spring of 2025. The Project will continue to operate as long as the fibre optic line remains functional. The temporal scope of the assessment is 25 years. Decommissioning of the fibre optic line is not included as a project activity as it is anticipated to occur beyond the temporal scope.
Water License Application for Agriculture Use (#2020-0056):
Proponent: Winston McMahon
Submission Deadline: June 4th, 2020
The Project proposes to withdraw water from four existing reservoirs for the purpose of agricultural irrigation of hay and oat crops on 57 ha of farmland. The reservoirs are supplied through a combination of groundwater seepage and snowmelt, rainwater and runoff. Water withdrawal of 5 500 m3/day is proposed to occur from May 1 to September 31, annually for 10 years. The Project is located along the Stewart River, approximately 20 km straight line distance northeast of Stewart Crossing and 24 km straight line distance southwest of Mayo in the First Nation of Na-Cho Nyak Dun Traditional Territory.
Quartz Exploration—RC Gold Project (#2020-0048):
Proponent: Sitka Gold Corp
Submission Deadline: June 10th, 2020
Sitka Gold Corp proposes a quartz exploration program on 1 571 claims on their RC/Mahtin property approximately 60 km northwest of Mayo and 130 km southeast of Dawson City. The site is accessed via the North Klondike Highway and the Clear Creek Road. The purpose of the Project is to explore the RC/Mahtin property for mineral deposits, particularly gold. Project activities as proposed to occur annually from April 15 to October 15, for 5 years. The project is located in the Traditional Territory of the First Nation of Na-Cho Nyak Dun.
Quartz Exploration—Keno Lightning Project (#2020-0026):
Proponent: Metallic Minerals Corp.
Submission Deadline: June 15st, 2020
The Project is a quartz exploration program on 328 claims in the Keno City area. The Keno-Lightning Project is located in the following watersheds: Stewart River, Mayo River, Keno-Ladue and South McQuesten. The Project is within the Traditional Territories of the First Nation of Na-Cho Nyak Dun. Activities are proposed to occur annually from April 1 to November 30, for 5 years.
Placer Mine—Right Limit McQuesten River (#2020-0041):
Proponent: Brett Harrison
Submission Deadline: June 18th, 2020
The Project is a placer operation on 86 claims along the McQuesten River. A maximum of 15 claims will be actively mined over the temporal scope of the Project. Which of the 86 claims will depend on exploration results. Other project activities may occur on the 86 claim block. The claim block will be accessed by the Klondike Highway, existing access trails and new developed access roads. The Project is located approximately 40 km northwest Stewart Crossing, within the Traditional Territories of the First Nation of Na-Cho Nyak Dun and Tr’ondëk Hwëch’in First Nation. Project activities are proposed to occur annually from May 15 to October 15 for five years.
Yukon Parks Infrastructure Improvement (#2020-0066)
Proponent: Yukon Government, Environment
Submission Deadline: June 24th, 2020
The Proponent is proposing infrastructure improvements, reconfiguration and development to five existing Yukon Parks campgrounds and day use areas. The location of project activities include the Tombstone Territorial Park, Five Mile Lake and Lake Laberge campgrounds, and Marsh Lake and Pine Lake day-use areas. The different Parks and day-use areas are located within the Traditional Territories of Kwanlin Dün, Champagne and Aishihik, Carcross/Tagish, and Ta’an Kwach’an First Nations, First Nation of Na-Cho Nyak Dun, and Tr’ondëk Hwëch’in. Project activities are proposed to occur between June and October, annually, between 2020 and 2029.
Klondike River Chinook Restoration: In-stream Incubation Project (#2020-0093)
Proponent: Tr’ondëk Hwëch’in, Department of Natural Resources
Submission Deadline: July 2nd, 2020
The proposed Project is the continuation of a Chinook salmon restoration project in the Klondike River watershed. The Project involves the establishment of in stream incubation facilities on the Klondike and North Klondike Rivers. The purpose of the Project is to test the feasibility of using in-stream incubation of salmon eggs to restore Chinook salmon populations in the Klondike River watershed. Project activities are located in Tr’ondëk Hwëch’in and First Nation of Na-Cho Nyak Dun Traditional Territories and will take place on the mainstream and side-channels of the Klondike River between Flat Creek and Rock Creek, the groundwater-fed channel adjacent to the Tr’ondëk Hwëch’in Teaching and Learning Farm, and the North Klondike River main stream and side channels in the vicinity of the former North Fork intake. Project activities are proposed for a period of two years July 2020-May 2022. The results of the proposed Project will build on previous work from a similar project in the Project are and will inform future Chinook salmon restoration efforts in the Klondike River watershed.
Quartz Exploration – Portland Property (#2020-0018)
Proponent: Taku Gold Corp
Submission Deadline: July 2nd, 2020
The proposed project is a quartz exploration program on 75 claims located at the headwaters of Gold Run and Portland Creeks, within the Sixty Mile River watershed. The Project is located approximately 42 km southeast from Dawson and is within the Tr’ondëk Hwëch’in and First Nation of Na-Cho Nyak Dun Traditional Territories. Two claims overlap with surveyed land parcels Lot 52/53 Group 2 YT. Project activities are proposed to occur from April 1 to October 31, annually, for 10 years.
Quartz Exploration – Shanghai Property (#2020-0078)
Proponent: Shawn Ryan
Submission Deadline: July 6th, 2020
The Project is a quartz exploration program on 124 contiguous claims approximately 13 km northwest of Keno and 38 km northeast of Mayo. Project activities will take place between March 15 and November 30, annually, for 10 years; only probe sampling may occur March 15 to May 1. The Project is located within the Traditional Territory of the First Nation of Na-Cho Nyak Dun.