In 2017, the Minister of Energy, Mines and Resources, the Grand Chief of the Council of Yukon First Nations, and Chiefs of the self-governing Yukon First Nations signed a Mining Memorandum of Understanding.  The Mining MOU commits the Parties to work collaboratively to improve the management of placer and quartz mining in the Yukon and an independent panel was created to recommend these improvements.  The Yukon Land Use Planning Council submitted a letter and a series of recommendations that focussed upon land use planning, First Nation relations, cumulative effects and climate change (see letter here).