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 – Clear Creek Left Fork and Tributaries (#2020-0116)

Proponent: Gordon Scott and Nubia Adams

Submission Deadline: August 10th, 2020

The proposed Project is the continuation of a class 4 placer mine on 177 claims on Clear Creek, Left Fork Clear Creek and tributaries. Clear Creek is a tributary of Stewart River within the Stewart River watershed. The Project is located within the Tr’ondëk Hwëch’in and First Nation of Na-Cho Nyak Dun Traditional Territories, approximately 110 km southeast of Dawson City. Project activities are proposed to occur from May 1 to November 15 for 10 years.


Advanced Quartz Exploration – Coffee Gold (#2020-0074)

Proponent: Newmont Corp.

Submission Deadline: August 17th, 2020

The Project is for renewal and amendment of an active Class 4 quartz exploration permit (LQ00312c, expires 2021) on the Coffee Gold Property (3542 contiguous claims) located within the White Gold district of west-central Yukon. The Project is located approximately 130 km south of Dawson City and 95 km northeast of Beaver Creek within the Traditional Territories (TT) of the Tr’ondëk Hwëch’in, Selkirk First Nation, First Nation of Na-cho Nyak Dun and the asserted TT of White River First Nation. Activities are proposed to occur year round for 10 years.

A separate proposal for quartz mining (construction, operation and closure of a mine) has been submitted to YESAB (Project 2017-0211) for review by the Executive Committee for the same property; these activities are not included in the scope of this Project.


Adequacy Review

Quartz Exploration- Antimony Creek (#2020-0075)

Proponent: Ryanwood Exploration Inc.

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.

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.