Dawson Regional Planning Commission

On June 10th, 2022, the Dawson Regional Planning Commission provided the Recommended Plan for the Dawson Region to the Parties at a small event in Dawson City. The handover ceremony marked the first step in the Land Use Plan Approval Process as set out in Chapter 11 of the Tr’ondëk Hwëch’in Final Agreement.

On September 7, 2022, the Parties released the Recommended Plan to the public and launched a new website (onthelandwewalktogether.ca). They announced that the dates for engagement on the Recommended Plan will be from September 19 -November 20, 2022. You can read the news release here.

 onthelandwewalktogether.ca

On the website you will find the following documents:

·         The full version of the Recommended Plan

·         Summary of the Recommended Plan

·         Recommended Plan Highlights

You can also find out about engagement activities, the survey, sign up for updates, and learn more about the planning process.

The Commission is pleased that the Recommended Plan consultation process is underway, and we look forward to supporting the Parties’ engagement activities. We encourage everyone to review the plan and provide their input to the parties.

The Dawson and Whitehorse DRPC offices are open to the public and we are available to answer questions about the context and intent of the Recommended Plan. Please feel free to visit or connect with us via email or phone.  

Sincerely, 

Dawson Regional Planning Commission and staff

Attachment: Recommended Plan Highlights

Minister Vandal Announces a $15.5-Million Investment in the Yukon’s Largest Solar Project 

News release

Communities across the North and Arctic are prioritizing cleaner, more reliable energy sources, as they continue to feel the impacts of climate change. By investing in renewable energy initiatives that support energy independence and economic development, we can keep our air cleaner and build resilient, healthy communities for everyone to call home, all while creating good-paying, sustainable jobs and lowering harmful greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.

The Yukon is leading the country in its pursuit of cleaner energy and climate change initiatives. And today, as part of his visit to the Yukon, the Honourable Daniel Vandal, Minister of Northern Affairs, Minister responsible for Prairies Economic Development Canada and Minister responsible for the Canadian Northern Economic Development Agency, on behalf of the Honourable Jonathan Wilkinson, Minister of Natural Resources, announced an investment of nearly $15.5 million from the federal government for the Copper Niisüü Limited Partnership, the development corporation of White River First Nation, to deploy the Beaver Creek Solar Project. 

This investment includes over $13.4 million from Natural Resources Canada’s Clean Energy for Rural and Remote Communities program and $2 million from the Canadian Northern Economic Development Agency’s Inclusive Diversification and Economic Advancement in the North (IDEANorth) program.

The Beaver Creek Solar Project, located on the Traditional Territory of the White River First Nation, will reduce the community’s reliance on diesel for electricity while creating training and skills opportunities for its residents and generating a sustainable income for Copper Niisüü Limited Partnership that can be invested in future clean energy initiatives and other community priorities.

The project, with 1.9 megawatts (MW) of solar panels and 3.5 MWh of battery energy storage, is expected to generate an average of 1,100 MWh per year, displacing approximately 55 percent of diesel consumption for electricity generation. Using life-cycle emissions of diesel fuel, the project will reduce on average 1,100 tonnes of CO2 annually and will help the community reduce their reliance on diesel and provide greater energy security.

Canada’s 2030 Emissions Reduction Plan: Clean Air, Strong Economy ensures Canada will remain a world leader in clean power. The Government of Canada is committed to supporting local solutions and community-driven projects that will build a clean energy future for all. Together, we are building healthier, greener and more energy-resilient communities for future generations.

Quotes

“The Government of Canada is pleased to be supporting the White River First Nation for the deployment of the Yukon’s largest solar power project to date. Indigenous leadership in clean energy is critical to both achieving Canada’s ambitious climate targets and enabling economic reconciliation. This project will create sustainable jobs and skills training opportunities for residents while also providing sustainable and secure power.”

The Honourable Jonathan Wilkinson

Minister of Natural Resources

“Our government continues to support Indigenous-led clean energy initiatives such as the Beaver Creek Solar Project. Since day one, this project has embodied the strength, vision and collaboration that characterizes the Yukon. Construction of this project will lower energy costs, enhance reliability and reduce pollution, and create good-quality jobs in northern, rural and remote communities.”

The Honourable Daniel Vandal

Minister of Northern Affairs, Minister responsible for Prairies Economic Development Canada and Minister responsible for the Canadian Northern Economic Development Agency

“I am proud of our Copper Niisüü Limited Partnership and how much they have accomplished in just a few years. The work that they do supports the self-reliance of our community and our prosperity. This project is a great example of what we can do together with the right partnerships, a strong team and a common vision.”

Chief Bessie Chasse
White River First Nation

“Here in the Yukon, we take immense pride in the lands and waters that span this beautiful territory. For that reason, and so many others, the impacts of climate change are felt deeply. That is why our government continues to support initiatives such as the Beaver Creek Solar Project. From blueprint to construction, this initiative has created opportunities for job growth and it has helped build a path forward with cleaner, more sustainable energy for generations to come.”

Dr. Brendan Hanley

Member of Parliament for Yukon

https://www.canada.ca/en/natural-resources-canada/news/2022/08/minister-vandal-announces-a-155-million-investment-in-the-yukons-largest-solar-project.html?fbclid=IwAR1Nd2MZ1GRooUFZu1xhrfXaKtJPMudW987eiQzQWQpNiCmR0eAgLEydpYw#shr-pg0

https://www.copperniisuu.ca/

WRFN MEMBERS ONLY: Consent to release information form

This form is to be completed by individual Members (16 years of age and over) consenting the disclosure of their personal mailing address, email and/or phone number held by White River First Nation Administration to other White River First Nation Departments that may require the information.

This will help WRFN departments to get information (e.g. events, jobs, meetings etc.) out to WRFN members.