Time for reconciliation

Time for reconciliation Last week we were on a cloud, so happy with all the news. It has been a long time since we've felt such hope. After hearing of the Peel watershed case we felt an overwhelming sense of appreciation. We want to thank the thousands o

Last week we were on a cloud, so happy with all the news. It has been a long time since we’ve felt such hope. After hearing of the Peel watershed case we felt an overwhelming sense of appreciation.

We want to thank the thousands of Yukon people worldwide who got involved in this historic process and helped protect what people really need: a clean environment, a strong peaceful community and a government that abides the law.

We also want to thank the over 8,000 Yukoners who have signed the petition against the liquefied natural gas plant and against fracking in the Yukon. This is a record for the Yukon. A sustainable, renewable economy is possible for the Yukon and it is what our children’s future needs.

We knew when the Yukon Party got its latest majority it would be a tough go. But we could have never imagined the extent of the abuse of our democratic rights, our captured regulatory system, the sovereign debt incurred, the damage to our climate and the risk to our water.

The Yukon still is the kind of place and community that we came for, decades ago, when we were young idealists. We came, we stayed and we were welcomed by the First Nations, like so many others.

Yukon has proved itself a just society, a hotbed for progressive thought, and a caring community, with values in the right place. A time for reconciliation is near at hand. It will be peaceful if we are wise enough, compassionate if we care enough and successful if we are lucky enough.

Sally Wright, Kluane Lake

JP Pinard, Whitehorse

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