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Mining plans endanger a fifth of the great Peel wilderness

Duo Lakes, the Peel Watershed, Yukon. Photo: Shannon Thompson
Yukon First Nations mobilize to protect traditional territories in the Peel River Watershed in the northeast of the province, and gain attention from around the world.

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Mining plans endanger a fifth of the great Peel wilderness

Na-cho Nyak Dun elder Jimmy Johnny describes his love for the Peel Watershed in the Yukon, where 20 per cent is under threat from mining plans. Photo: Shannon Thompson

In an exclusive for rabble.ca, Journalist Shannon Thompson spent three days in August travelling the pristine waters of the Three Rivers area of the Peel River Watershed in The Yukon, looking at what would be lost should mining development be allowed to proceed. She was a guest of the Yukon Conservation Society and several First Nations communities.

Duo Lakes, Yukon -- Na-cho Nyak Dun elder Jimmy Johnny would rather be picking blueberries and wandering off alone to scout for animals. But today he has a job to do: tell reporters and southerners like me why we should care about the fight to protect the Peel River Watershed in the northeast Yukon.


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