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

Placer Mine- Sulphur Creek (Amendment) (#2020-0180)

Proponent: Dan Klippert

Submission Deadline: January 08, 2021

The Project is the addition of claim P522140 and increased activities to an existing placer mining operation along Sulphur Creek (previously assessed as YESAB Project # 2019-0189 and 2020-0033). The Project is located in the Indian River watershed within the Tr’ondëk Hwëch’in and First Nation of Na-Cho Nyak Dun Traditional Territories, approximately 45 km southwest of Dawson City. Project activities are proposed to occur annually from April 1 to December 1 annually, for 10 years.

Placer Mine- Sulphur Creek (#2020-0185)

Proponent: T. D. Oilfield Services Ltd.

Submission Deadline: January 08, 2021

The Project is a placer mine on 30 claims on Sulphur Creek near the confluence with Dominion 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, more than 50 km south of Dawson City. Project activities are proposed to occur from April 1 to October 31 annually for 10 years.

Quartz Exploration – Antimony Creek (#2020-0075)

Proponent: Ryanwood Exploration Inc

Submission Deadline: January 15, 2021

The Project is a quartz exploration program on 362 claims along Antimony Creek. The Project is near kilometre 50 of the Dempster Highway, 90 km from Dawson City and 2.5 km from Tombstone Territorial Park. The Project is located within the Tr’ondëk Hwech’in and First Nation of Na-Cho Nyak Dun Traditional Territories, and within 2 km of five Tr’ondëk Hwech’in Settlement Land parcels. No activities are proposed on Settlement Land. Project activities are proposed to occur from May 1 to November 30, except for probing which may begin March 15. Activities will occur annually for 10 years.

Quartz Exploration Program – Nidd Project (#2020-0168)

Proponent: Fireweed Zinc Ltd

Submission Deadline: January 19, 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.

Klondike Highway Zone 3 Reconstruction (km 523 – 613) (#2020-0177)

Proponent: Department of Highways & Public Works, Transportation Engineering Branch

Submission Deadline: January 20, 2021

The Project is the reconstruction of 90 km of the North Klondike Highway (#2) from km 523 to km 613 between Pelly Crossing and Dawson City. Activities will include resurfacing, widening and realignment, bridge rehabilitation, as well as drainage and safety improvements. The Project is located within the Traditional Territories of the First Nation of Na-Cho Nyak Dun, Tr’ondëk Hwëch’in First Nation and Selkirk First Nation. Activities are proposed to begin in 2021 and will occur over the next 25 years.

Adequacy Review

Eagle Plains Well Maintenance and Winter Activities (#2020-0197)

Proponent: Chance Oil and Gas Ltd

Chance is responsible for eight wells, presently in suspended status, located on Eagle Plains. Of these wells, four are legacy wells drilled by other operators between 1959 and 1968, and four are modern wells drilled by Chance (formerly called Northern Cross (Yukon) Limited) in 2012 and 2013. As directed by the Government of Yukon, Oil and Gas Branch, Chance must conduct inspection and maintenance activities for all eight suspended wells, then abandon them or bring them into active status (i.e., end the period of well suspension). After maintenance activities are complete Chance proposes to: convert two wells to active deep-injection wells for disposal of waste borehole fluids, depending on wellbore integrity (as confirmed through maintenance activities) conduct Extended Flow Testing (EFT) on up to three of the wells, revert up to three wells to suspended status (if the EFT results prove sufficient resource), and abandon three to six wells (the three remaining wells will be abandoned and up to three wells may be abandoned if wellbore integrity is not confirmed or if EFT results prove insufficient resources).

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 – Josephine Creek (#2020-0182)

Proponent: Schmidt Mining Corp.

The proposed project involves class 4 placer mining activities on Josephine Creek, a tributary of the Little South Klondike River. The area is accessed by the Clear Creek Road. Placer mining is currently happening on the lower reaches of Josephine Creek, but this application is for continued mining on the upper reaches. The project overlaps the range of the Clear Creek Caribou Herd and occurs nearby other significant mineral activity including overlapping quartz exploration permits.

Placer Mine – Big Creek (#2020-0176)

Proponent: Gold Pan Corp.

This operation is a proposed new class 4 placer mining operation on Big Creek within the Little South Klondike River drainage. The proposed operation is relatively small, but includes new activity adjacent to other workings within the Clear Creek/Big Creek area. The project overlaps the range of the Clear Creek Caribou Herd and occurs nearby other significant mineral activity including overlapping quartz exploration permits.

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 – Gold Run Creek (#2020-0170)

Proponent: 1885744 Alberta Ltd.

This application is the renewal and consolidation of three existing water licenses and class 4 Mining Land Use Permits. With the consolidation the water requisition on this one single license has been reduced from the currently authorized amount of 13,909.00m3/day down to 6,000m3/day on the main Gold Run Creek channel and the 5 tributary channels. 50% water recycle is proposed reducing the daily draw by half again.

Quartz Exploration – Gold Dome Property (#2020-0148)

Proponent: Golden Predator Mining Corp

To continue exploration of the Gold (Scheelite) Dome project which has potential to host an economic gold deposit. The Gold Dome project has been subjected to quartz mineral exploration for many years. Exploration has been sporadic in recent years with the property remaining dormant since the most recent exploration occurring in 2010. Numerous areas on the property have been partially explored and have produced results that warrant additional exploration. Some areas of the property remain underexplored and require collection of basic exploration data, i.e., soil sampling. Exploration methods that will be utilized include soil sampling, geophysics, prospecting, geological mapping, trenching and drilling. Infrastructure support for this exploration will include use of existing roads and trails and potentially construction of additional roads and trails

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

Proponent: Nicholas Minelli

The purpose of the project is a Class 4 Mining Land Use Permit and Water Licence on 11 Claims along Ping Pong Creek. This project entails use of out of stream reservoir, new ford, permanent diversion channel and 1 camp with a crew of 9 people.

Placer Mine – Secret Creek (#2020-0091)

Proponent: Enviro-Gold Investments Ltd.

This will be a two water license/land use project amended to a single 10 yr 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.