After 15 years of court challenges that went all the way to the Supreme Court, Indigenous Nations came together on August 22nd to sign the final agreement protecting 67,000 square km of land and water in the Yukon. RAVEN is so honoured to have been part of the court challenge that brought victory to Nations committed to protecting land and critical watersheds for future generations. We’re thankful to every single person who donated and organized.
The Peel victory is proof that RAVEN’s strategy works. Despite the cost and the lengthy timeframes of these cases, Indigenous Peoples hold powerful rights that, when defended and upheld in court, protect wild and storied places. The Peel Watershed victory demonstrates what can be achieved when you stand with First Nations and put reconciliation into action.
“This is a great day for the Na-Cho Nyäk Dun and the people of the North,” said Chief Simon Mervyn of the Na-Cho Nyäk Dun First Nation, which hosted the ceremony in Mayo, Yukon to celebrate the signing of the Peel Watershed Regional Land Use Plan.
“We have decided that the long-term spiritual health of our people is more important than short-term economic gains and that our grandchildren deserve clean natural places in which to hunt, play and pray,” Mervyn said.
Listen to the words of Chief Tizya-Tramm: