Special to the Globe and Mail, March 21, 2017
This week, three Yukon First Nations and two conservation groups are at the Supreme Court of Canada, fighting to protect one of the planet’s most pristine watersheds – the Peel River Watershed. The case will have significant ramifications for First Nations rights and consultations.
The Peel is not yet a household name, but it is an ecological treasure.
I travelled to the Yukon a few years ago. The territory is known for gold, but it is rich in water, from clear lakes to the blue-green rush of the Yukon River. Walking along the river’s edge in Whitehorse, I felt the depth of history in a place where people have been living for thousands of years.