The Council of Canadians supports efforts to protect the Peel Watershed in northern Yukon from mining.
In her book Boiling Point, Council of Canadians chairperson Maude Barlow wrote, "In 2014, the Yukon government announced it would open up a huge swath of the pristine Peel Watershed for mining, an area over half the size of New Brunswick. Shocked First Nations asserted this violates land claim agreements. They joined conservation groups to launch a legal challenge to the plan, saying it betrayed a previously negotiated agreement that would have conserved a much greater landmass and protected the watershed."
Barlow then notes, "The Supreme Court of Yukon agreed. In November 2015, the court set the planning bar back to 2011, before the development announcements."