Ross River Dena Council appealing hunting licences case

RRDC filed its notice of appeal June 25

The Ross River Dena Council is appealing the Yukon Supreme Court’s decision related to its lawsuit against the Yukon government over hunting licences and seals issued for the Ross River area.

RRDC filed its notice of appeal June 25.

It’s the latest chapter in a legal battle that began in 2016, when the RRDC initially took the Yukon government to court. RRDC was seeking a declaration from the Yukon Supreme Court that the Yukon government had a duty to consult with and accommodate it before issuing hunting licences and seals in the Ross River area, among other things.

In a written decision released this May, Justice Ron Veale declined to issue any declarations, finding that the Yukon government was already engaged in “extensive” and “deep” consultations with RRDC on wildlife matters.

Those consultations have resulted in “significant” accommodation, Veale found, and the parties were also in agreement that the hunting licences and seals “might adversely affect” RRDC’s asserted Aboriginal title.

In its notice of appeal, the RRDC asks for Veale’s decision to be set aside and that two declarations be granted — the declaration about consultation and accommodation, and another stating that the Yukon government failed to consult with and accommodate the RRDC in the 2016/2017, 2017/2018 and 2018/2019 hunting seasons.

The Yukon government has not yet filed a reply.

Just Posted

Yukon government gets set to shut territory’s government-run pot shop

The doors will shut at 7 p.m. on Oct. 17. Online sales will continue

U.S. government recommends largest development option for ANWR

The final environmental impact statement was released on Sept. 12

Yukon releases its FASD Action Plan

Seven priorites, 31 actions outlined

WYATT’S WORLD

Wyatt’s World

18 people evacuated from Ethel Lake as nearby wildfire grows

The North Crooked Creek fire, burning south of Stewart Crossing, has grown to 24,842 hectares

City council news, briefly

Some of the decisions made by Whitehorse city council Sept. 9

For the first time, women outnumber men at the Annual Klondike Road Relay

The field of 1,877 runners included 1,141 women, a first for the event

Yukonomist: How the Yukon saved the economy

During the Klondike gold rush, the prospect of free gold drew more… Continue reading

Yukon mountain bikers compete at Quebec championships

“In the end, it’s the race that matters”

Benefitting from a business bootcamp

Launchspace kicks off three-month program

Commentary: Choose people over paperwork

Frank Turner The following is an open letter to Stephen Samis, deputy… Continue reading

Doctors, nurses ready to see to Whitehorse’s stuffie population

Teddy Bear Clinic set for Sept. 14 at Whitehorse General Hospital

Yukoner reaches podium at Alberta Whitewater Association Provincials

Hunter Vincent finished second in the junior men’s freestyle

Most Read