The Independent Panel has released the Draft Yukon Mineral Development Strategy and Recommendations.
The YMDS Independent Panel adopted a broad-based approach to engagement and invited participants to speak openly about how mineral development affects the Yukon and what matters to them about mineral development. The pre-engagement process and engagement process spanned more than a year (including a three-month extension for COVID-19), and was promoted using direct correspondence, newspaper advertisements, radio advertisements, online/social media advertisements, and direct mailers to all Yukon mailboxes.
Input was collected through regional online open houses, focus groups, a toll-free line, over 90+ meetings, two surveys, written submissions, a two-day session with elders, and more. The YMDS Panel used the extensive input collected from this process to develop the Draft Yukon Mineral Development Strategy and Recommendations.
Before finalizing and submitting the final Yukon Mineral Development Strategy and Recommendations to Yukon government and Yukon’s 11 First Nations with Self-Government Agreements, the Independent Panel invited Public Comment on their Draft Strategy and Recommendations. The Public Comment period has now closed. You may read the submissions that were made to the Independent Panel here.
The Panel is now in the process of reviewing the feedback received through the Public Comment Survey and the written submissions, and hopes to release the final Yukon Mineral Development Strategy and Recommendations in Spring 2021.