The hidden agenda and the Peel watershed

The hidden agenda and the Peel Watershed

 

The dynamic of the Yukon has changed over the past 14 years and it has been a change for the worse. Since around the turn of the millennium there has been an increasingly duplicitous and obvious media campaign to change our overall relaxed and congenial atmosphere in the territory. There have been attacks on our historic names, our symbols as well as our freedoms, recreations, elected politians and our media. Also there has been a targeted effort to hook the young people in the territory on drugs, booze and partying and ignore the steady influx of outsiders trying to change us from a territory of independent pioneers to a territory of obese lazy bureaucrats sucking on the teat of misappropriated govt. money.

I’ll start with the Peel Watershed because it is such a hot button topic and in many ways has polarized generally sane and amicable people. The Peel watershed issue was brought to bear through a media blitzkrieg which in many ways had it’s beginnings during the planning hearings not many had even heard of. For all of it’s endless funding from dubious sources and hype, it has been only marginally successful. Even though the local media outlets including the Yukon News, Chon FM radio, CKRW radio and more were and still are on the side of protection at all costs, even common sense. They still have still not succeeded in steam rolling their agenda 21 plan on the majority of Yukoners. And as more people who grew up here realize the bigger picture about what is at stake here, as well as the shady backdoor dealings that have enabled this kind of wanton propaganda, the final agenda of the people who are orchestrating this media campaign behind the scenes becomes more and more clear.

To start with the Peel planning commission was never an elected body it was made up of 6 chiefs of Yukon FN’s along with Dave Loeks , a member of both Tourism Industry Association Yukon and the Wilderness Tourism Association of Yukon[1]. It doesn’t take a real stretch of the imagination to see a pattern and a conflict of interest arising here right from the first step. No matter who you are when putting together a plan you are looking out for your own beliefs and interests, as such the FN were looking out for FN interests and Loeks was looking out for him and his buddies in the Tourism industries best interests. Notice that absolutely no one at the planning table had any inclination towards perhaps private land ownership in the area or any other private enterprise including a big one here in the territory, mining.

The next problem with the planning commission is that their stated goal was to put forward a recommended, not a final or binding, but again recommended land use plan for the area. Obviously with the original bias of the planning committee the plan that they came out with was of course unacceptable to the whole other half of the territory that make their living involved in private enterprise. Let me restate that, reading the final recommended plan was like telling a farmer he could grow crops but only where the sun doesn’t shine. They would flat out reject such a plan, as was the case here. What people need to realize is that there is a lot of people who benefit from the mining industry and private business in general. These are not all millionaires and Politian’s they are for the most part the Yukoners who have been living in the territory for decades or were born here. These include Line cutters, pilots, cooks, carpenters, geologists, equipment operators, pad builders and diamond drillers to name a few. The other fact few people realize is that mineral exploration, the stage before a mine is even a thought is very low impact[2] and provides economic growth. An exploration operation generally leaves about as much of a foot print as a large campsite might once all the gear is pulled out, whereas a mining operation, larger impact, takes exceptionally more regulatory hurtles to be realized. In short to leave all these people ,many of who have worked in the area for years, unrepresented at the decision making table was a fatal mistake from the start and one that, with any foresight would obviously would lead to serious disagreement throughout the territory. Personally I think that this disagreement was intentional to bring the issue to a head and to put private industry on the defensive from the beginning.

If something aint broke don’t fix it! When this issue exploded in the Yukon there was nothing of particular note even going on in the Peel Watershed ! The final recommended plan came out there was no large scale exploration programs in the area, there were no plans to put in a large mine, nor was there an application in for a winter road or any road. Canoers and kayakers were still flying in from Mayo to paddle down the Bonnet Plume and Snake rivers and hunters both FN and non FN were still trekking into the area to hunt Moose and Cariboo. In short everyone was getting along and using the land much in the historic spirit of the territory. Everyone was free to make a living and respect each other’s rights, to use the land in the ways they find most enjoyable or profitable. Land use plans as such where the Territory is carved up into zones and each zone has a land use plan, is in the end Agenda 21 planning in action.

This systematic shut down of all human activity on large tracts of land is one aspect of this, and the use of arbitrary unelected and vulnerable to corruption boards is another. The truth is if 7 unelected people can wield this much influence on a tract of land the size of the Peel water shed, an area as large as the country of Scotland, imagine the precedent that will set for all kinds of dangerous unrepresented decisions in the future. The territory was far better off looking at the merits of mineral exploration, farmland or other activities on the land on a case by case basis, for which there was already a decision making board in place.

The fact is no one who calls the Yukon home wants to see the Peel or any other part of the territory turned into a Fort Macmurray, or another Faro mine clean up. I am sure that if sat at a table together all sides in the Peel Water shed issue would agree that the Yukon is beautiful country and that it’s beauty and Mystique cannot be priced in dollars. With this said I`m just as sure a large portion of Yukoners don`t want to be stuck bead making and Cano paddling for a living either. Life is about balance and the Yukon should be taking the steps today to make it a more self-sufficient territory for tomorrow. Farming, secondary and tertiary industries would all be prudent investments for the future of our people, Along with mineral exploration, mining, tourism and wild land. All of these things can co-exist.

The targeted media campaign that I touched on before has been a real sham. There is few if any voices in official publications that are not constantly repeating the same line over and over, which is, mining in any way shape or form is evil, and anything even remotely resembling free enterprise should be stamped out as a threat to the Marxist money printing socialist utopian dream that the “educated“ new to the Yukon, university educated agenda 21 driven class keeps purporting as now the only way. Not one publication comes to mind that has given equal time to both sides of this argument, the issue has become a media circus eroding the trust of Yukoners in quality of news which we are receiving. Which by the way was a prime driver in the creation of this website.

One last point on mining in the Yukon I wish to touch on in, is that for at least the last 150 years in the Yukon’s history have involved prospecting and mining in one way or another. From before the stampeders came over the Chilkoot there were grizzled prospectors panning in the streams and rivers of the Yukon. It was actually First Nations prospectors who started the gold rush Tagish Charlie and George Carmack and it was this event that brought the White Pass railroad and steam wheelers, and the rest of the modern world into the territory. To disregard our history and a segment of our population that are arguably some of the most hardworking, hard living and colorful bunch you ever did meet, is a slap in the face to many of the men and women who in a large way shaped the territory the great place it is today.

 

By Yk Freedom Junkie

[1] http://www.peel.planyukon.ca/planning.html

[2] http://technology.infomine.com/articles/1/6918/mining.technology/mineral.exploration.and.aspx

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