In the wilderness lies the preservation of the world.
Henry David Thoreau
We will be heard!
The Peel Watershed Case is going to the Supreme Court of Canada! This is a huge milestone in a decade-long fight to protect a spectacular rugged wilderness – the size of Austria – where six mountain rivers flow, where grizzly bears, wolves and caribou roam freely and where migratory birds find sanctuary. The Peel Watershed is thus one of the largest unspoiled natural areas in the world, and one of the last ones left at all. On top of that, it is the traditional homeland of the Gwich’in First Nation, and thus crucial to their historical and cultural identity.
What is Wilderness International’s part in this?
The decision to hear this case indicates that the future of the Peel is of national importance. It now also needs international support, which we are looking to gain through our unique Gwich’in – German Youth Exchange. Through massive media coverage, youth is going to speak up for the protection of this breathtaking nature.
What is the court case all about?
The plan put forth by the independent Peel planning commission sees 80% of the watershed protected, a plan which the Yukon Government rejected in its attempt to open up most of the Peel to mining and fossil fuel extraction.