NOTICE: Public Engagement is now schedule to close on August 31, 2020. Public Engagement was extended due to COVID-19. New dates will be announced as they are identified.

The Yukon Mineral Development Strategy Panel wants to ensure that this process is well-informed and that the recommendations are well-considered. As such, please note that the timeframes listed in this process are approximations.

The Engagement stage of the YMDS Process has begin. You can find a summary of the Pre-Engagement Survey results here. You can follow along with updates to the What We’re Hearing documents here.

In the Engagement stage, we’re reaching out to Yukoners, Yukon First Nations and trans-boundary indigenous groups, industry, and organizations who would like to have a say about what modern mineral development practices might look like in the Yukon. We are currently working with Yukon First Nations and municipalities to see how they would like us to do community engagement during COVID-19. There are opportunities to engage online and through our toll-free line at 1-877-321-1233.

After the Engagement stage is complete, the Panel will release a “What We Heard” report. This report will be used to inform the Panel’s Draft Recommendations. Because it’s important that the Panel’s recommendations be well-considered, the Panel will share the Draft Recommendations for a period of Public Comment. Dates for the “What We Heard” report and and Public Comment period will be announced when we have a better understanding of how COVID-19 will affect the timelines of the Engagement stage.

Finally, the Panel will consider the feedback received during the Public Comment period and will re-draft and submit the Final Yukon Mineral Development Strategy Recommendations to Government of Yukon and First Nations. At this point, the Panel’s work is done and Government of Yukon and Yukon First Nations will consider and possibly act on the Panel’s recommendations. The Panel is currently targeting the Spring of 2021 to complete their work.