First Nations sign resource development framework deal with Yukon
Industry to benefit from certainty around resource extraction, chief says
WHITEHORSE—One year after signalling its intention to tighten up requirements for resource development in its territory, a First Nations group in Canada’s North has signed a land-management plan with Yukon Territory.
Kaska Dena, whose several nations span the border between northern British Columbia and Yukon, have inked a framework deal with the territorial government.
The agreement lays out the sharing of responsibilities, benefits and decision-making powers for resource development on traditional lands in Yukon’s southeast.
Liard Chief Daniel Morris says the Kaska territory is one of the richest in Yukon and that First Nations want to benefit meaningfully from development that takes place on their territory.
Morris says the agreement is good news for industry because it provides certainty around resource extraction.
Yukon Premier Darrell Pasloski says the deal is a milestone towards reconciliation and a renewed relationship between the territory and Kaska.