Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society Yukon Chapter

Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society was a Brainerd Foundation grantee from 2001 to 2009.

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Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society Grant history


$3,000 - To conduct a poll to demonstrate public support for conservation of the Peel watershed. Opportunity fund


$10,000 - To protect the wilderness and wildlife of the Yukon Territory, and to build a vibrant society supported by intact ecosystems, healthy communities and continental-scale conservation. Conservation capacity


$2,880 - To fly key Kaska First Nation elders and youth over pending conservation areas in the boreal forests of their traditional territory. Opportunity fund


$25,000 - To build an energy development public education program in collaboration with northern First Nations and Alaska Native villages. Place-based conservation


$28,500 - To support the capacity building needs of CPAWS' Yukon Chapter. Conservation capacity

Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society Successes

First Nations rights upheld, Peel River Watershed protected

In December 2014, the Yukon Supreme Court ruled in favor of First Nations and the conservation community, overturning a Yukon government decision that would have opened up the 17 million acre Peel River Watershed to mining and resource development. The court decision reiterates the government's responsibility to consult with First Nations on land management plans affecting aboriginal lands and rights. The Brainerd Foundation supported the work of CPAWS and the Yukon Conservation Society in their strong endorsement of First Nations rights and conservation in the Peel Watershed.