The Yukon Conservation Society was formed in 1968 by a group of concerned Yukoners to promote the conservation ethic in the Yukon and across the north. The YCS mandate is to encourage the conservation of Yukon wilderness, wildlife and natural resources.
Yukon Conservation Society was a Brainerd Foundation grantee from 2000 to 2011.
$3,000 - For outreach for protection of the Peel Watershed. Opportunity fund
$3,000 - To conduct two ENGO/First Nation strategic planning sessions to protect the Peel Watershed from development. Opportunity fund
$50,000 - To protect and conserve the wilderness and the ecological integrity of the Yukon's Peel River Watershed. Place-based conservation
$3,000 - To protect the Peel Watershed from inappropriate mineral extraction and oil and gas development. Opportunity fund
$3,000 - To fund a legal review of the Yukon Territory's draft Forest Act. Opportunity fund
$20,000 - To negotiate improved placer mining regulations and closure of the Brewery Creek heap leach mine while promoting a moratorium on new oil and gas exploration in the Territory. Place-based conservation
$20,000 - To establish a full-time mining coordinator position to monitor hardrock mining activities in the Territory. Place-based conservation
$1,200 - To build leadership capacity within the organization. Opportunity fund
$20,000 - To examine the real costs of mining in the Yukon, particularly its impacts on women and the environment. Place-based conservation
$2,000 - To generate community support, a business plan, and public education on timber issues in the Yukon. Opportunity fund
In the Yukon, the Peel Watershed Regional Land Use Plan was signed by all parties. New protections will now affect an area more than six times the size of Yellowstone National Park, in all, about 17% of the Yukon Territory. The Yukon Government and the Peel First Nations will implement the land use plan together.Go »
Photo by Juri Peepre
The Supreme Court of Canada has ruled in favor of the First Nations of the Yukon Territory, who have been fighting to protect the Peel watershed region for more than a decade. The court's decision overturned a move by the Yukon government that rolled back years of planning, and ordered the government to consider a final recommended plan originally proposed by an independent commission nearly seven years ago.Go »
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.Go »