The Yukon Land Use Planning Council is holding it's second public meeting for 2022/23 on Thursday, September 29, 2022. The agenda can be found here. Due to capacity limits, public are invited to Zoom only at https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81006631030
The Yukon Land Use Planning Council helps Government, Yukon First Nations and Regional Planning Commissions coordinate their efforts to conduct regional land use planning.
The Dawson Regional Planning Commission's Recommended Plan is now public. You can find the Recommended Plan, and the Recommended Plan Summary here.
The Plan Parties (Tr'ondëk Hwëch'in and Yukon Governments) will consult on the Recommended Plan before either approving it or recommending a final round of changes back to the Commission. More information on their consultation process can be found on their site onthelandwewalktogether.ca.
Proceedings and Themes and Actions from the 2021 Land Relationship Planning Gathering: Using Indigenous Knowledge to Improve Regional Planning in Yukon are now available and can be viewed on our Documents Page.
Ron Cruikshank, who was our Director since 1998, retired on June 28th (2022). He brought his planning experience on the Mackenzie Delta and beyond to our office. Under his watch, a Common Planning Process and Yukon planning regions were developed, as well as three regional planning processes. We held a jovial retirement party for him at the MacBride Museum in Whitehorse; photos below.
On June 10 2022 the Dawson Planning Commission completed a major milestone in the Dawson Regional planning process. At the top of the Midnight Dome in Dawson City they officially handed over the Recommended Plan for the Dawson Region to the Parties and Affected First Nations. The Commission was honored to hand the Recommended Plan to Premier Sandy Silver, Tr'ondëk Hwëch'in Chief Roberta Joseph, and Na-cho Nyäk Dun Deputy Chief Roberta Hager. Now that the Recommended Plan is officially in the hands of the Parties the next phase of the process is for the Parties to conduct their consultation with stakeholders and the public on the Recommended Plan. The Plan will be released publicly for consultation by the Parties in Fall 2022.
In the meantime, the Commission and staff are working hard to finalize the In Your Words Report: A summary of engagement on the Draft Plan, the Plan Highlights document, and a summary version of the Plan.
The Commission would like to express their gratitude to all of the members of public, citizens, stakeholders, and the Parties for the incredible amount of work that they contributed to the development of the Recommended Plan. The Dawson Region is an incredibly special place for all of us, and this would not have been possible without the passion and respect that everyone has shown this past year.
We are all looking forward to the public release of the Recommended Plan and the consultation period this fall.
Have a wonderful summer!
YLUPC hosted a booth at the General Assembly of the Council For Yukon First Nations at Minto Landing on June 29, 2022.
This was a great opportunity to provide information on regional land use planning and answer questions of First Nation delegates and citizens. In attendance for YLUPC was the Chair - Lois Craig, Senior Advisor - Copper Joe Jack, and new Director -Tim Sellars
The Planning Council is pleased to announce that Tim Sellars has been hired as the new Planning Director.
Tim Sellars is a long time Yukoner, having lived in the territory since 1989, when he arrived in Whitehorse to work for the Yukon Land Use
Planning Commission on the Greater Kluane Land Use Plan. Tim went on to work as a mapping technician, land disposition manager, land use
planner, fish & wildlife planner, and director with various departments within Government of Yukon. Tim has most recently worked as the Senior
Planner for the Dawson Regional Planning Commission, leading the team that recently completed the Dawson Region Recommended Plan. Tim has a Bachelor of Science in Geography and a Master's degree in Public Administration, specializing in integrated resource management.
Tim is an active participant in many Yukon pursuits, including mountain biking, lake swimming, berry picking, coaching swimming, volunteering
with the ski patrol and playing with the Problematic Orchestra. Tim's wife and daughter are both born and raised in Yukon and are members of
the Carcross/Tagish First Nation.
In April of 2019, the Parties to the Yukon Forum (represented by leaders from the Government of Yukon, Yukon First Nations, and the Council of Yukon First Nations) sent the Council a series of recommendations that stemmed from their review of the implementation Chapter 11- Regional Land Use Planning.
The focus of these recommendations is:
Acknowledging the importance of these recommendations, the Council requested that continued meetings with the Leads of the Yukon Forum on this matter would be essential for the effective review and implementation of the recommendations. The Yukon Forum Leads accepted this request. Council then recommended that a series of staff level workshops be held to examine in detail the Yukon Forum’s recommendations to determine how best to address them. The Council hired Cambio Consulting to facilitate a series of workshops through the winter of 2020-21. This report summarizes the outcome of these workshops (click here). The Council plans to continue to work with the Yukon Forum Leads to identify which recommendations become part of the process of producing regional plans through the implementation of Chapter 11.
On November 24th - 25th 2021 we hosted a Land Relationship Gathering. The gathering was a great success and attended by over 70 people, primarily from Yukon First Nations. We are currently working on the Proceedings and Outcome documents from that event and they will be released soon. In the meantime, we would like to share a short video that was prepared for the event. The video is about the Yukon First Nation's history and their relationship with land planning. The video can be seen here
Stay tuned for more about this gathering.
Neil came to the Yukon in 1989 from rural Ontario. He has mostly resided in rural communities, including Burwash Landing and Haines Junction, where he worked for Kluane Park and also co-founded the Kluane Chilkat International Bike Relay. He owned and operated Moose Creek Lodge before settling in Mayo, where he was recognized by YG for his work implementing YESAA when he worked for EMR. He moved to Whitehorse in 2010 to work at the Yukon Water Board, and retired as the Manager of Licensing in 2020. Neil's four children are all Yukoners, which gives him "a vested interest in the sustainable development, utilization and conservation of Yukons unique lands, waters and natural resources".