Carleton to Host Panel on Protecting the Peel Watershed

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March 17, 2017

Carleton University will host the panel event Protecting the Peel Watershed: Indigenous rights, conservation and the law, featuring renowned Indigenous rights lawyer Thomas Berger, as well as First Nations and environmental leaders from the Yukon – Chief Roberta Joseph of the Tr’ondëk Hwëch’in, Councillor Dana Tizya-Tramm of the Vuntut Gwitchin and Executive Director Christina Macdonald from the Yukon Conservation Society.

When: Thursday, March 23, 2017 at 3 p.m., a reception will follow at 4:30 p.m.
Where: Room 252, MacOdrum Library, Carleton University
More info: Attendees are asked to RVSP online.

The panel will discuss the Peel Watershed case, a present-day example of a contentious land-use planning process for one of Canada’s largest intact wilderness areas, and the efforts of Yukon First Nations and conservation groups to uphold the modern-day treaties and protect the Peel from widespread resource development.

Berger is arguing the Peel Watershed case before the Supreme Court of Canada on March 22, World Water Day. The decision will require a landmark interpretation of Yukon’s modern-day treaties and could have impacts on land use planning and resource development in the Yukon and across the country for decades to come.

The panel will be moderated by Frances Abele, professor of Aboriginal-Canada Relations in the School of Public Policy and Administration.

Attendees are also invited to visit Thunder in Our Voices, an interactive exhibit about the 1970s Berger inquiry into the construction of a pipeline in the Mackenzie Valley. Forty years after Justice Berger’s report was published, you can watch interviews with the original Dene, Inuvialuit and corporate witnesses before the inquiry, recorded then and now.

When: Saturday, March 18 to Saturday, March 25, 2017
Where: Main Floor Gallery Wall, MacOdrum Library, Carleton

This event is part of FPA Research Month and is co-hosted by Carleton’s School of Public Policy and Administration, Carleton’s MacOdrum Library,  the Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society (Yukon Chapter) and the Yukon Conservation Society.

More information about the Peel Watershed case can be found at

Media Contact
Steven Reid
Media Relations Officer
Carleton University
613-520-2600, ext. 8718


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