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Here you'll find official news releases from CPAWS yukon. Clicking on a link will you take to the chapter's website.

Jan 30 18

Celebration Friday, February 2nd for Supreme Court Peel Victory
To mark the historic Supreme Court of Canada victory for the Peel Watershed a celebration will be held at the Kwanlin Dün Cultural Centre on Friday, February 2 from 4:30 pm to 11: 00 pm. The event will pay tribute to the decades of hard work so many Yukoners have put into protecting the watershed and highlight the significance of the December 1st 2017 landmark, unanimous Supreme Court judgement.

Dec 02 17

Landmark Supreme Court decision is a victory for First Nations and environmental groups EN/FR
Yukon First Nations and environmental groups have won a landmark Supreme Court case. The judgment released today upholds a land use plan that protects the majority of the Peel Watershed in northeastern Yukon. It’s a massive victory for Yukon First Nations and cause for environmental celebration on a global scale.

Oct 30 17

Porcupine caribou threatened by drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge
The birthing grounds of one of North America’s last healthy barren-ground caribou herds are at serious risk. Porcupine caribou are seen as a beacon of hope amidst swift declines of the species across the arctic. With both U.S. Congress and the White House pushing to open the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to oil and gas drilling, the health of this herd is now in jeopardy.

Apr 20 17

CPAWS National takes federal Minister to court over Boreal Caribou Habitat Protection
Today CPAWS announced that it was filing a lawsuit against the Federal Minister of Environment and Climate Change, Catherine McKenna, over the government's failure to report on conservation measures for the protection of boreal caribou, which is listed as endangered under Canada's Species At Risk Act.

Mar 22 17

First Nations and conservation groups bring Yukon Government to Supreme Court in fight for the Peel
Today, on World Water Day, the Supreme Court of Canada heard from First Nations and conservation groups fighting to ensure the protection of one of the largest intact ecosystems in North America, the Peel Watershed in northeastern Yukon.

Feb 27 17

CPAWS recommends against all-season access road to Rau property
CPAWS Yukon is requesting that the Yukon Environmental and Socio-economic Assessment Board recommend against the proposal for the 65-km all-season access road north of Mayo to the Tiger gold deposit on the Rau property. The road is being proposed by the company ATAC Resources to facilitate further exploration work as part of its Racla Gold project.

Feb 21 17

Federal, Provincial and Territorial Ministers Can Lead the Way on Protected Areas in Canada
On the eve of a ministers’ meeting to discuss conservation, wildlife and biodiversity, CPAWS encourages Canadian decision-makers to be ambitious, science-based and forward-thinking and take the opportunity to leave a legacy for future generations

Jan 10 17

Next up, Ottawa: FAQs on next steps in the Peel legal case
The Peel is not yet protected, but with a Yukon Government that now supports the Final Recommended Plan, we are much closer to this ultimate goal. Here are answers to questions you might be asking as the Supreme Court of Canada hearing draws near.

Dec 02 16

CPAWS Yukon congratulates Yukon Liberals; looks forward to Peel protection
CPAWS Yukon congratulates Sandy Silver and the Yukon Liberal Party on being elected to form Yukon’s new government. We are encouraged by statements made by the incoming government during the election regarding the protection of the Peel Watershed. In their platform, the Liberal Party pledged to “[accept] the final report of the original Peel Watershed Planning Commission.”

Nov 03 16

Peel Watershed Case One Step Closer to Ottawa
On October 19, 2016, the appellants in the Peel Watershed case (the First Nation of Na-Cho Nyak Dun, the Tr'ondëk Hwëch'in, the Vuntut Gwitchin First Nation, CPAWS Yukon and the Yukon Conservation Society) filed their factum (written argument) in the Supreme Court of Canada.

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