On August 20 and 21, 2015 the Peel court case will be heard at the Yukon Court of Appeal in Whitehorse. At this hearing, the Yukon Government will argue that the Yukon Supreme Court ruling by Justice Ronald Veale be dismissed. The respondents (the First Nation of Nacho Nyak Dun, Tr’ondëk Hwëch’in, Vuntut Gwitchin First Nation, CPAWS Yukon and YCS), supported through an intervention by the Gwich’in Tribal Council, will defend against this appeal and argue that Justice Veale’s ruling be upheld.
The public is encouraged to attend the appeal in-person at the Yukon Law Courts (2134 Second Avenue, Whitehorse). The appeal begins each morning at 9 am.
For those unable to attend in person the proceedings will be live tweeted @CPAWSYukon and #ProtectPeel. Photos, video, audio podcasts, and daily summaries will be posted at https://peelwatershedtrial.wordpress.com/
There are a number of other ways for the public to get involved:
Peel Pep Rally
Wednesday, August 12, 11:30 am – 1 pm
Whitehorse Wharf, at the end of Main Street
A citizen-organized event to get everyone energized for the big event the following week. Bring your lunch and come for music, cheers, pep, information and cake.
Prints for the Peel
Hands Together to Protect the Peel.
Drop by the Yukon Conservation Society office at 302 Hawkins St. during office hours on Mondays and Wednesdays to stamp your hand on our Unity Wall. Watch for us at Thursday’s Fireweed Market and other upcoming events where you can make your mark.
Check out the Facebook event here: https://www.facebook.com/events/2144844378989608/
Water Ceremony for the Peel
Thursday, August 20, 12 (noon) – 1pm
Front steps of the Law Courts (2134 Second Avenue, Whitehorse, Yukon).
At noon on August 20, join us on the steps of the Yukon Laws Courts in Whitehorse for a First Nations-led water ceremony for the Peel.
We invite you to take part by bringing water from a Yukon water body that has special meaning to you. Water vials are available at the Yukon Conservation Society office (302 Hawkins St) and the CPAWS-Yukon office (506 Steele St).
Check out the Facebook event here: https://www.facebook.com/events/106272409724381/
BBQ for the Peel
Thursday, August 20, 5-8pm
Official welcome 6 pm
Kwanlin Dün Cultural Centre (1171 First Ave, Whitehorse, Yukon), Fire pit
Join us for a BBQ, a chance to celebrate the public’s tireless efforts to protect the Peel, and the conclusion of the Water Ceremony as the water collected is poured into the Yukon River. All are welcome.