Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Yukon Neighbourhood at Stake as Miners Mull New Project near Dawson City

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Yukon Neighbourhood at Stake as Miners Mull New Project near Dawson City

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Mine proposal could raze Yukon neighbourhood

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DAWSON CITY, Yn - A First Nation in Yukon is caught between development of a neighbourhood and development of a mine and the dispute has the potential to leave more than three dozen families homeless.

Officials with the Tr'ondek Hwech'in First Nation say it has been asked to remove families, homes, and infrastructure from a Dawson City subdivision so mining can begin in an area that has been staked since the 1970s.

Chief Roberta Joseph is optimistic about saving the neighbourhood, roughly 500 kilometres northwest of Whitehorse, and says she believes the case presents a strong argument for renewal of mining regulation in Yukon.

The Yukon Surface Rights Board, which hears disputes related to accessing or using First Nation settlement land in the territory, is considering an application from two miners that, if successful, could raze the neighbourhood. …

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