Conservation planning

WCS Canada Response to Yukon Government New Minerals Legislation Discussion Paper May 2023

Cooke, H.


Abstract

We offer strong support for Yukon Government’s initiative to replace existing mineral legislations and associated processes. We appreciate the recognition that these laws are too outdated to be fit for purpose and require substantial revision. We strongly assert that new mineral legislation must: recognize and be compliant with the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP) and Canada’s United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples Act; explicitly recognize that the spirit and intent of the Umbrella Final Agreement includes Indigenous co-governance of all non-private lands in the territory; and, that mineral resources found on or under land that is not privately owned are common property belonging to all Yukon citizens.

Recommended citation

Cooke, H. (2023). WCS Canada Response to Yukon Government New Minerals Legislation Discussion Paper May 2023. WCS Canada. https://www.wcscanada.org/DesktopModules/Bring2mind/DMX/API/Entries/Download?EntryId=49299&PortalId=96&DownloadMethod=attachment

Hilary Cooke

Hilary Cooke

Co-Director, Northern Boreal Mountains Program

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