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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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The Council recently wrote a letter to the Minister of Energy, Mines and Resources requesting a meeting. Items we would like to discuss include:

  • The relationship the Council desires with Yukon Government;
  • The implications of the recent Supreme Court of Canada's on the future of regional planning in the territory;
  • Ideas the Council has for improving the process of regional planning in the territory.;
  • The reviews of Chapter 11 Regional Land Use Planning that are occurring in the next two years;
  • The Minister's invitation to speak at an upcoming workshop.

The letter is available here. This meeting is scheduled for January 31st.

Last year, we hired Ryder Communication Management to do a jurisdictional analysis of planning strategies and to recommend the contents of one for the Yukon. With this report in hand, we are exploring ways to collaboratively create a Yukon Regional Planning Strategy. The report comes in 2 parts: a report, and a table of strategy components used in different jurisdictions.

Since 2014, we, our staff and contractors have been thinking about Yukon land use planning and the process we can all follow to get successful plans. In 2015, Lesley Cabott Consulting & Associates drafted an analysis of potential solutions. One of the most pivotal recommendations was to develop a Yukon Regional Planning Strategy or framework. This recommendation led us to commission this report.

Dennis Zimmermann was appointed as our newest member on December 7th, 2017, and is the Government of Canada's nominee.

Dennis Zimmermann has over 20 years of professional experience in the North. He has a Master's of Science Degree in Rural Planning with a focus on community-based planning and engagement. He has worked in both the public and the private sectors, and in the last decade his work has revolved around the intersection of community, fish, wildlife and habitat. With this breadth of experience, he will sure to be a great addition to the Council.

More information on Dennis is found here.

The Council and staff recently had a day of media relations training put on by Calypso Communications, Mosaic Communications & AVCR Video Productions. It was a fun and informative day for everyone. There were presentations, discussions, and mock radio and TV interviews.

Lois Craig in winterLois Craig was appointed as our newest member on May 11, 2017, and is Yukon Government's nominee.

A long-time Yukoner, Lois has worked for the territorial and federal governments and in consulting primarily in sustainable development, natural resource management, land claims implementation and multi-party agreements and initiatives. She also has a Bachelor of Commerce in applied economics and statistics and has a Master of Applied Environmental Studies. Her work and education background will be an asset to the Council!

More information on Lois is found here.

We recently hired our new Senior Policy and Planning Advisor: Joe Copper Jack. With his long work history in the Yukon and western Canada, he is sure to be a great asset to Yukon regional planning. Welcome Joe!

Joe Copper Jack - our new and wonderful Senior Policy and Planning Advisor

 

Joe Copper Jack, is the grandson of Chief Jim Boss (Kishwoot) of the Ta’an Mun (Headwaters People) of Lake Lebarge, Yukon, and of Copper Jack of Chitina, Alaska.

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.

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.

Pearl Callaghan

Northern Planning Conference.

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.

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.

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Our Land, Our Vision
 

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