We recently attended the public input session of the Yukon Utilities Board regarding the liquefied natural gas proposal of Yukon Energy. We did not speak but had discussed the project for a number of months.
The Ta’an Kwach’an Council recently passed a resolution to ban hydraulic fracking on their traditional territory. We honour them and their added decision not to invest in this Yukon Energy project.
This project will inevitably lead to using “fracked” gas. This is the moral and ethical decision not to participate in this destructive industry.
We, as parents, grandparents, and great grandparents of fourteen Kwanlin Citizens, ask the Kwanlin Dun Council to reconsider their involvement and potential investment in this project. At the most recent General Assembly of Kwanlin Dun, a resolution was passed that banned fracking on Kwanlin Dun traditional territory. If fracking is not good for us and the land, it is not good for any other people and their lands.
We feel this is a poor investment of the financial inheritance of land claims beneficiaries and feeds a hypocrisy that is unwise and unhealthy for the well-being of future generations.
Ann Smith and Brian Walker