Yukon Surface Rights Board gets tuneup

The federal government is tweaking the rules governing the Yukon Surface Rights Board, but the changes are mainly administrative in nature, said Michael Hale.

The federal government is tweaking the rules governing the Yukon Surface Rights Board, but the changes are mainly administrative in nature, said Michael Hale, director of implementation at the executive council office.

The changes allow board members to make a decision in a hearing that continues after a member’s three-year term ends. The board will also be allowed to hire an independent auditor to inspect their books. Previously, only the auditor general could audit the books.

And board members and employees will receive legal protection for decisions they made under the act in good faith.

These changes were included in the Northern Jobs and Growth Act announced Nov. 6.

The board hears disputes about accessing and using land, most often First Nations land. The board currently has five members.