WHITEHORSE – Today, in response to the ruling from the Supreme Court of Canada on First Nation of Nacho Nyak Dun v. Yukon, the Official Opposition released the following statement:
“Today’s Supreme Court ruling provides clarity on Chapter 11 of the Umbrella Final Agreement and that is a good thing for Yukoners. We respect the Supreme Court's decision and recognize its impact on the Land Use Planning process outlined in the Umbrella Final Agreement.
“Based on the court's decision today, we understand that mistakes were made by the Government of Yukon and respect these findings.
“The Yukon Party respects the Umbrella Final Agreement, the First Nation Land Claims Agreements, and First Nation Self-Government in the Yukon.
“While the Supreme Court's decision will impact the way land use planning is conducted moving forward they were clear that the Liberal government now has the ability to accept, modify or reject the Final Recommended Plan after consultation.
“The Liberal government committed themselves to accepting the Final Recommended Plan during the 2016 election. Our concerns about the restrictiveness and cost of implementation remain, and we are eager to learn how the Liberal government intends on dealing with these issues.
“In particular we are interested in the Government's plans to deal with the thousands of legitimately held mineral claims in the region and whether the Government plans on compensating the claim owners for any direct or indirect expropriation.”