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CPAWS-Yukon congratulates northern community elders and delegates on their vision of protection for

  • Published on Mar 01 2007 |
  • This article is tagged as: boreal-forest

CPAWS-Yukon congratulates the elders and community delegates at the Peel Watershed Community Gathering held in Mayo, Yukon February 16-18, 2007. CPAWS respects and endorses the communities’ Vision and Statement that calls for protection of the Peel Watershed for present and future generations. We look forward to continuing to work with the communities to realize their vision, which is consistent with our own ongoing Three Rivers campaign.

During CPAWS-Yukon’s Three Rivers community tour from Mayo, YT to Inuvik, NWT in June 2006, the Tetlit Gwich’in Renewable Resources Council asked us to help organize a Gathering to bring together people from Mayo, Ft. McPherson, Aklavik, Tsiigehtchic, Dawson City and Old Crow to discuss a common vision for the Peel watershed. We accepted the challenge and assisted with logistics and by sharing resource materials. Thank you to The Walter and Duncan Gordon Foundation for the generous funding that helped make this Gathering a reality.

The Gathering Vision and Statement will make a significant contribution to the Peel Watershed land use planning process. The Commission, tasked with planning the future of the 67,000-km2 watershed, has already heard from Ft. McPherson community members arriving home from the Gathering. The Commission will now have more direction from the communities about their hopes and desires for the future of this pristine area at the intersection of the boreal region and northern Yellowstone to Yukon (Y2Y).

The CPAWS Three Rivers campaign launches its 12-city Canadian tour in April 2007 entitled Journey to the Yukon’s Three Rivers: a celebration of art and wilderness.