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

Dempster Highway Granular Pit Development: km188, 208 and 232 (#2021-0149):

Proponent: YG Highways & Public Works

Comment Submission Deadline: November 24th, 2021


The Project is the development of two new aggregate quarries at km 188 and 232 of the Dempster Highway, and the expansion of an existing quarry at km 208 of the Dempster Highway. The quarries are being developed or expanded to support highway reconstruction, maintenance, and repairs. The total footprint for each location is 7.05 ha (km 188), 9.73 ha (km 232) and 22.7 ha (km 208). 

The Project is located with the First Nation of Na-Cho Nyak Dun, Tr’ondëk Hwech’in, and Vuntut Gwitchin First Nation Traditional Territories. Project activities will occur within proximity to Settlement parcels TH S-149B1 and TH S-182B1. Project activities will occur over a 25 year-period. During quarry development activities will occur year-round. Once developed, the sites will operate crushing activities with an expected frequency of once every 3 to 5 years.


North Klondike Highway Zone 3—km556 Realignment—Amendment (#2021-0152):

Proponent: YG Highways & Public Works

Comment Submission Deadline: November 18th, 2021


The Project is an amendment to the Zone 3 Reconstruction project (2020-0177). The Project will involve a significant realignment of 1 km of the highway outside of the scope of the original assessment. The Project is located along the North Klondike Highway (#2) at km 556, approximately 22 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 two-year period within the next five years.


Quartz Exploration—Brewery Creek (#2021-0093):

Proponent: Sabre Gold Mines Corp.

Comment Submission Deadline: November 30th, 2021


The Project is a quartz exploration program on 1075 claims around Brewery Creek. The Project is the continuation of an existing quartz exploration project under licence LQ00364. The site is approximately 57 km east of Dawson City and accessed along existing roads. The Project is located within the Tr’ondëk Hwëch’in and First Nation of Na-Cho Nyak Dun Traditional Territories, and is adjacent to several Tr’ondëk Hwëch’in Settlement Land parcels (R-7A, R-80B, R-22B, R-79B, S-159B, R-2A). No activities are proposed on Settlement Land. Project activities are proposed to occur year-round for 10 years. This is the second public comment period for this project as the project scope and details have changed from the original proposal. See the website for details.


Adequacy Review



Placer Mine – Owl Creek (#2021-0157):

Proponent: Dulac Mining


This application is for placer mining activity on 3 claims and 1 2-mile lease on Owl Creek, which is a tributary of Dhagro Män (Mayo Lake). This creek has been previously mined and the current application is for continued mining on this creek including activities such as in-stream dugouts, out-of-stream settling facilities, seasonal diversions, camp development and use and use of ford crossings. Activities are proposed under a class 4 placer mining license for 10 years.


Placer Mine—Independence Creek (#2021-0162):

Proponent: Armin Johnson


This application is for continued placer mining activity on 34 claims on Independence Creek, a direct right limit tributary of the Stewart River approximately 24 river kilometers downstream from the McQuesten Airstrip. The property is currently being mined by the proponent under water license PM11-059. The activities are typical class 4 placer mining activities to occur over a 10-year license period.