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Yukon Land Use Planning Council

The Yukon Land Use Planning Council helps Government, Yukon First Nations and Regional Planning Commissions coordinate their efforts to conduct regional land use planning.

 

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Since late 2014, we have been focussing much of our effort on reviewing the Common Land Use Planning Process (CLUPP) in an effort to make future planning projects more efficient and successful. Over time, we will be adding discussion on papers that support this review here. Most recently, we added a discussion of the challenges associated with implementing Chapter 11 - Land Use Planning that have arisen since the land claim agreements were signed in 1995. We are hoping to add more discussion papers in 2017 that address different aspects of improving the CLUPP.

When the term of our previous federally-nominated member lapsed in September 2016, we found ourselves with only two of three appointed Council members. So, for the time being, Council Member George Nassiopoulos will act as Chair of the Council. More information on how to become a member is found on our new page here.

With around 230 attendees from across Canada and beyond, 60 presentations, 19 organised talks and countless informal discussions, the Northern Land Use Planning Conference was a resounding success. The proceedings are available here. Almost all of the presentations are in our document repository. They are also found, for now, on the conference website.

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We are pleased to announce that Pearl Callaghan was reappointed for her second term as a member of the Yukon Land Use Planning Council, effective August 28th, 2016. Scott Kent, Minister of EMR, confirmed the reappointment on June 10th. Pearl was nominated by the Council of Yukon First Nations in 2013, and has been an asset to the Council ever since.

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Gerald contemplating retirement by the river

We are all at once delighted and disheartened to announce that Gerald Isaac has retired!!! His last day was May 31st, 2016. Gerald has been a tremendous employee, a man of many accomplishments and just one of the nicest people you will ever meet. He is a natural diplomat and has been a great ambassador for the Council. His knowledge of the Yukon and its people is unsurpassed.

Here are some pictures from his retirement party:

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Filling his boots as our Senior Policy and Planning Advisor is This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. With her B.Sc. in Northern Environmental & Conservation Sciences and a long work history with Yukon First Nations, Yukon Government, and Yukon College, she is sure to be a great asset to Yukon regional planning. Welcome Dawna!

Dawna Hope - our new and wonderful Senior Policy and Planning Advisor

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Yukoner's have been talking a lot about regional land use planning lately. Great! Regional land use planning in the Yukon is our mandate, so we like the interest.  Here are some recent achievements and activities of the Council and staff:

  • The Northern Planning Conference: we hosted over 230 people in mid-February and received raving reviews.
  • We attended and presented at the YESAA Forum on Sustainability in Haines Junction in early March.
  • We attended and presented at the NWT Land Use Planning Forum in Yellowknife in late March.
  • We taught 2 classes in a University of Alberta Land Use Planning in Northern Canada course (at Yukon College)
  • We re-submitted a second conformity check for Northern Cross’ “Eagle Plains Multi-Well Exploration Program” (YESAB project #2014-0112)

Our on-going projects:

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  • Hiring a Senior Policy & Planning Advisor in an attempt to replace Gerald Isaac who is retiring this spring. So long Gerald!
  • North Yukon Regional Plan conformity checks
  • Proceedings for the Northern Planning Conference
  • Working with the Yukon Government and the Vuntut Gwitch'in Government to establishing a disturbance baseline for the Eagle Plains area (LMU 9 of the North Yukon Regional Land Use Plan)
  • encouraging responses from the Yukon and First Nation Governments regarding important regional planning issues

Upcoming projects:

  • Write a series of discussion papers (many already started). These will then be discussed with the signatories to Yukon’s Land Claim Agreements in order to reach a common understanding and consensus on implementing Chapter 11 Land Use Planning. Topics include:
    • How Chapter 11 is to be interpreted and implemented (see this letter to the Parties to the UFA and Yukon First Nation Final Agreements)
    • Developing organizational structures and clarifying roles (see the same letter)
    • Improvements to the Common Land Use Planning Process (CLUPP)
  • Assisting the Yukon Government and Vuntut Gwitchin Government with the implementation of the North Yukon Regional Land Use Plan, beyond conformity checks and disturbance baseline establishment.
  • A 2017 Conference or Workshop (theme TBA).

Also expected this spring is a decision by the Supreme Court of Canada on whether or not to take the case of the Peel Watershed Land Use Plan. While the Council has had no direct role in the legal actions taken so far, the legal rulings could greatly effect the work plan proposed.

For further detail, you may want to review our 2016-2017 Annual Work Plan and Budget, recently approved by the Yukon Land Use Planning Council. It discusses recent events pertinent to Yukon regional planning, and discusses what the Council hopes to achieve this fiscial year.


During the Summer months, members of the Yukon Land Use Planning Council and staff attend assemblies around the Yukon and this year we are attending: The Little Salmon Carmacks First Nation (June 18th, 2015) in Little Salmon Village, Kluane First Nation (June 27th, 2015) in Burwash, the Teslin Tlingit Council (July 7th, 2015) in Brook's Brook, and the Champagne & Aishihik First Nations (July 17th, 2014) at Kusawa Lake.

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The YLUPC is proud to present Our Land, Our Vision which takes you from the origin of land claim agreements through the regional planning process to a land of “harmony” that results from a regional planning process. Anyone who is (or may become) interested in Yukon regional planning should watch this video, including the public, government staff and planning stakeholders. This is our first video since our "A Shared Vision" distributed on VHS in 1997.

Any thoughts, comments or suggestions are welcome by This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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Our Land, Our Vision
 

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