As with most Yukoners, I am hugely disappointed with the government’s indecision on the Peel Watershed.
It demonstrates a contempt of the democratic process and clearly violates the wishes of the majority.
There are few places left, even in the Yukon, that we can describe as “wilderness” or traditional territory left in a pristine state. The Peel is one of those very special places.
To succumb to yet further exploitation and development of what has been recognized as one of the Yukon’s most valuable areas is an insult to the Yukon people, whose First Nations, and non-government groups in both tourism and conservation have spoken out strongly in favour of protecting 80 per cent of the watershed as recommended by the planning commission.
I urge the present government to listen to the people and act accordingly.