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Vuntut Gwitchin First Nation
P.O. Box 94
Old Crow, Yukon
Canada, Y0B 1N0
Tel: (867) 966-3261
Fax: (867) 966-3800

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Natural Resources Committee

Members of the Natural Resources Committee are:
Cheryl J. Charlie - Councilor and Co-chair
Erika Tizya-Tramm - Director of the Natural Resources Department and Co-chair
Roger Kyikavichik - Elder Member
Katherine Peter - Citizen Member
Brandon Kyikavichik - Youth Member

In May 1993, Vuntut Gwitchin First Nation and the governments of Yukon and Canada signed the Final and Self-Government Agreements. These agreements settled the Vuntut Gwitchin First Nation land claim and recognized the authority of the Vuntut Gwitchin Government to protect and manage VGFN Settlement Land for living and future generations.

The signing of the agreements was a historic step towards Vuntut Gwitchin First Nation independence, but the agreements actually say very little about how the Vuntut Gwitchin Government will manage its lands. Instead, they simply leave room for the Vuntut Gwitchin Government to develop its own goals, priorities and governance tools. VGFN has not yet adopted any laws for Settlement Land, which means that land managers have limited tools and no instructions on how to use the tools they have. People on the land, including those who are not VGFN citizens, have no official statement of their rights and obligations.

The draft Lands and Resources Act was designed to fill these gaps and provide a blueprint for the management of VGFN Settlement Land. It deals with everything from land use applications and decision-making processes, to dispute resolution and enforcement. Adoption of the Lands and Resources Act will be a further step to achieving the provisions of our Agreements and fulfilling the vision of our Elders.

The Natural Resources Committee* is seeking comments and feedback on the draft Lands and Resources Act. There are many ways to participate:
  • Attend a public meeting of VGFN Citizens:
  •     Whitehorse: Thursday, March 12th, 2020 at 5pm Hellaby Hall (4th & Elliot St.)
        Old Crow: Thursday, March 26th, 2020 Open House 1:30-4pm / Public Meeting 5pm
  • Talk to a member of the Natural Resources Committee directly: 867-966-3261
  • Submit written comments: nrcommittee@vgfn.ca
  • Join the discussion on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/vuntut/

The deadline for submitting comments on the draft Lands and Resources Act is Thursday, April 30, 2020.

*The Natural Resources Committee (which serves the role of standing committee under the Governance Act) is responsible for reviewing the draft Lands and Resources Act, and engaging with VGFN citizens to make sure they “have an adequate opportunity to review and provide their comments” on the proposed law.

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Natural Resources Committee Documents
PDF Understanding the Lands & Resources Act: a citizens guide to the draft law March 09, 2020
PDF VGG draft Lands & Resources Act March, 2020

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