Yukon NDP pushes to restore requirement for First Nations' consent over oil and gas development


The Yukon NDP wants to reinstate a clause into the territory’s oil and gas legislation that would require First Nations’ consent for exploration and development activities to happen in their traditional territories.

This week, NDP Leader Kate White tabled a bill at the Legislative Assembly that was debated by MLAs.

Ten years ago, the former Yukon Party government repealed the clause, to the ire of First Nations. The move, in effect, torpedoed veto power First Nations held over oil and gas dispositions in their traditional territories. The clause was originally included to ensure certainty among parties while land claims were being negotiated.

White says the repeal was “unilateral,” and that her bill is a way to atone for what

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