YESAA Five-year Review
The Yukon Environmental and Socio-economic Assessment Act (YESAA) Five-year Review is a joint initiative of Canada, Yukon and the Council of Yukon First Nations to identify issues in the Yukon's development assessment process and present recommendations to improve how assessments in the territory are conducted in the territory.
A legislative requirement, stipulated in Chapter 12 of the Umbrella Final Agreement and in Yukon First Nations Final Agreements, the review solicited input from federal, territorial and First Nations government departments and agencies, industry and industry organizations - including the Yukon Chamber of Mines - and the general public.
The review is currently in its third and final phase in which the Parties are considering the avenues and responsibilities for implementing recommendations and changes.
Some issues raised during the review have already been addressed including the introduction of new Yukon Environmental and Socio-economic Assessment Board (YESAB) Designated Office rules.
Several of the remaining recommendations will require further discussion between Canada, Yukon, YESAB and First Nations.
For more information about the YESAA Five-year Review, please visit www.yesab.ca