Management Partners

Renewable Resource Councils

What are Renewable Resources Councils?

The Yukon has 10 Renewable Resources Councils (RRCs). They are established in Yukon First Nations Traditional Territories, where the local First Nation has signed a Settlement Agreement.

Chapter 16 of the Umbrella Final Agreement provides the mandate for the RRCs, and their responsibilities are laid out in Chapters 10, 16, and 17. 

The RRCs are the primary instrument for local renewable resources management. In contrast, the Board is mandated to address issues at the territorial and national levels. 

The RRCs function as a voice for local community members in managing renewable resources, such as fish, wildlife, habitat, and forestry specific to their Traditional Territory.

Each RRC serves a complementary role to the Board, providing us with invaluable local, traditional knowledge, advice, and technical information to help us do our job. We aim to work closely with the RRCs and meet with the RRC Chairs at least once a year. We also participate in the RRC Annual Working Group.

RRCs
RRCs

Our Relationship with RRCs

Both the Board and RRCs act in the public interest in all matters relating to fish, wildlife, and their habitat and have the authority to make recommendations to territorial and First Nations governments. The RRCs may also make recommendations to the Board and the Salmon Sub-Committee.

When developing our recommendations, the Board will consult with the affected RRC and consider its recommendations. For example, the Board may review and make additional recommendations on management plans recommended by the RRCs. We also communicate any Board recommendations and decisions (approved under the 16.8.0 process) to the appropriate RRC within a reasonable timeframe. 

Like the Board, Renewable Resources Councils make provisions for public involvement in developing their decisions and recommendations.

Some of the fish and wildlife issues that RRCs work on include harvesting requirements, the content and timing of freshwater fish, wildlife, and salmon management plans. They are also responsible for managing furbearers and commercial and other uses of salmon.

The RRCs are also responsible for allocating and setting conditions for commercial fish and wildlife uses. For example, the commercial use and allocation of traplines.

The Board is endeavouring to have the Yukon Wildlife Act opened to conform it to the Yukon First Nations Final Agreements. This initiative will empower the RRCs to fully assume their roles and responsibilities about furbearers and traplines as outlined in the UFA.

Regulatory Review Process

Anyone, including RRCs, local groups, and individuals, can submit regulation change proposals to the Board.

As outlined in the UFA, any proposed changes to the Yukon Wildlife Act or Fishery Act regulations are considered by a joint process involving the Board and the Government of Yukon. Management actions proposed by the government will also sometimes require regulatory changes.

These proposals are advanced through the regulatory review process managed by the Board. We informally refer to this as the “reg change process”.

The RRCs frequently participate in the Board’s regulatory review process. The RRCs play a key role by providing invaluable local and traditional knowledge that offers the Board insight into community-based perspectives.

As directed by Chapter 16 of the UFA, the Board makes room for public involvement during the regulatory review process through a public engagement process.

During the public engagement process, the RRCs can invite the Board and the proponents of the proposals to present during an open RRC meeting; or host a public meeting themselves.

About

AuthorityChampagne and Aishihik First Nations (“CAFN”) Final Agreement, Chapter 16.6
Type: advisory
Appointment process: ministerial
Requirements: resident within Champagne and Aishihik First Nation Traditional Territory
Term: 3 years
Meetings: every second and fourth Monday from October to the end of May and every second Monday of the month from June to September
Department: Environment
Honoraria: $125 per day

Members

  • Brian Melanson, an alternate member from June 27, 2018, to June 26, 2021
  • Cameron MacKinnon, a member from May 8, 2019, to May 7, 2022
  • Gary Darbyshire, a member from July 17, 2018, to July 16, 2020, and co-chair from June 19, 2019, to June 18, 2020
  • John Caney, a member from June 27, 2018, to June 26, 2021
  • Kyra Chambers, an alternate member from May 8, 2019, to May 7, 2022
  • Lance Brown, a member from May 8, 2019, to May 7, 2022
  • Larry Joe, a member from April 1, 2020, to March 31, 2023
  • Mark Nassiopoulos, a member from April 1, 2020, to March 31, 2023

Links

www.alsekrrc.ca

Contact

Alsek RRC

Box 2077

Haines Junction, YT

Y0B 1L0


Phone: 867.634-2524

Fax: 867.634.2527

Email: admin@alsekrrc.ca

About

Authority: Carcross/Tagish First Nation (“CTFN”) Final Agreement, Chapter 16.6.0
Type: advisory
Appointment process: ministerial
Requirements: nominees shall have resided in the Carcross/Tagish First Nation Traditional Territory for at least 1 year immediately prior to their appointment and shall have long term familiarity with renewable resources in the Carcross/Tagish First Nation Traditional Territory. A temporary absence from the Carcross/Tagish First Nation Traditional Territory does not constitute an interruption of residency.
Term: 3 years
Meetings: first Monday of each month at the Tagish Community Hall from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Department: Environment
Honoraria: $125 per day

Mandate

The Carcross Tagish Renewable Resource Council (CTRRC) strives to be the voice for the residents within the Carcross Tagish First Nation (CTFN) Traditional Territory (TT) in managing our renewable resources, such as fish, wildlife, and forests.

Members

  • Allan (Al) Foster member from April 1, 2020, to April 10, 2022
  • Don Toews, Government of Yukon member from March 8, 2018, to March 7, 2021
  • Donna Wolfe, First Nations member from January 23, 2020, to December 17, 2021
  • Fiona (Seki) Giardiano, First Nations member from May 29, 2018, to May 28, 2021
  • Jacques Jobin, Government of Yukon alternate member from April 11, 2019, to April 10, 2022
  • Ken Reeder, Government of Yukon member from April 30, 2020, to April 29, 2023
  • Zena McLean, First Nations alternate member from December 18, 2018, to December 17, 2021

Priorities

  • Continue to actively engage the communities in fish, wildlife, and forestry management and
raise the profile of the CTRRC:
  • Continue to build relationships with stakeholders;
  • Support and facilitate training opportunities for both staff and Council members;
  • Promote youth education opportunities/initiatives;
  • Continue to establish mechanisms and opportunities to communicate with the public;
  • Participate in meetings and workshops and represent regional interests for all CTRRC areas of responsibility including Land Use and Protected Area Planning;
  • Foster working relationships with fish and wildlife management agencies including Government of Yukon (YTG), CTFN, Canadian Wildlife Service, and DFO;
  • Work with other local area planning organizations to support the advancement of common areas of concern;
  • Ensure equal participation of First Nation beneficiaries and local area residents in processes regarding fish, wildlife, and forestry management; and Administer trapline allocation processes as provided for in the Umbrella Final Agreement.

Links

Tagish Weather

Contact

Regular Council meetings are held on the first Monday of each month from 10:00 am – 3:00 pm. Everyone is welcome to attend. To find out more about what we do or to add your voice call us or visit our office in the Tagish Community Centre. Dates and location for monthly meetings may vary.

THE OFFICE IS OPEN: MONDAY & WEDNESDAY 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

Phone: 867.399.4923
Fax: 867.399.4978
Emailcarcrosstagishrrc@gmail.com

About

Authority: Little Salmon/Carmacks First Nation (“LSCFN”) Final Agreement, Chapter 2.12.0 and 16.6.0
Type: advisory
Appointment process: ministerial
Requirements: all nominees to the Council should have resided in the Little Salmon/Carmacks First Nation Traditional Territory for at least 1 year immediately prior to their appointment and should have long term familiarity with renewable resources in the Little Salmon/Carmacks First Nation Traditional Territory. A temporary absence from the Little Salmon/Carmacks First Nation Traditional Territory does not constitute an interruption of residency.
Term: 5 years
Meetings: Second and third Wednesday of each month at 6 p.m. in the Carmacks Renewable resources Council Office
Department: Environment
Honoraria: $125 per day

Members

  • Allen Skookum, First Nations member from August 23, 2017, to August 22, 2022 and co-chair from April 1, 2019 to March 31, 2020
  • Douglas Billy, First Nations alternate member from March 21, 2018, to April 19, 2021
  • Joseph O’Brien, First Nations member from April 1, 2018, to March 31, 2023
  • Lorraine Graham, Government og Yukon member from August 23, 2017, to March 31, 2021
  • Ruth Buyck, Government of Yukon member from February 27, 2019, to February 26, 2024
  • Sheila Garvice, Government of Yukon member from April 4, 2018, to April 3, 2021 and co-chair from April 1, 2019, to March 31, 2020
  • Vera Charlie, First Nations member from May 18, 2016, to May 17, 2021

Contact

Carmacks RRC

Box 122

Carmacks, YT

Y0B 1C0


Phone: 867.863.6838

Fax: 867.863.6429

Email: carmacksrrc@northwestel.net

About

Authority: Kluane First Nation (“KFN”) Final Agreement, Chapter 16.6
Type: advisory
Appointment process: ministerial
Requirements: members should be a resident within Kluane First Nation Traditional Territory
Term: 3 years
Meetings: once a month at the Council office at the Kluane Lake Athletic Association community building in Destruction Bay, Yukon
Department: Environment
Honoraria: $125 per day

Mandate

The DKRRC, acting in the public interest, makes recommendations to the Minister, the Kluane First Nation, the Yukon Fish and Wildlife Management Board and the Yukon Salmon Sub-committee on any matter related to the conservation of fish and wildlife referred to in chapter 16 of the Kluane First Nation Final Agreement. Recommendations will include matters related to conservation of fish and wildlife, forest resources management and proposed special management areas and future management plans.

Members

The DKRRC is comprised of 8 council members including 2 alternate members. Three members and one alternate are each nominated by the First Nation and the Yukon Government.

  • Joe Bruneau, First Nations alternate member from October 11, 2018, to February 11, 2021
  • Keith Johnson, Government of Yukon member from December 12, 2019, to March 13, 2022
  • Mary Jane Johnson, First Nations member from October 10, 2019, to October 9, 2022
  • Peter Upton, Government of Yukon member from May 25, 2017, to May 24, 2020
  • Sandra Johnson, First Nations member from March 29, 2018, to March 28, 2021, and co-chair from October 10, 2019, to October 9, 2020
  • Sian Williams, Government of Yukon member from March 14, 2019, to March 13, 2022, and co-chair from July 31, 2019, to July 30, 2020
  • Suzanne Flumerflet, Government of Yukon alternate member from May 25, 2017, to May 24, 2020

Other information

Contact

DanKeyi RRC

Box 50

Burwash Landing, YT

Y0B 1V0


Phone: 867.841.5820

Fax: 867.841.5821

Email: dankeyirrc@northwestel.net

About

Authority: Tr’ondëk Hwëch’in Final Agreement, Chapter 16.6.
Type: advisory
Appointment process: ministerial
Requirements: all nominees to the Council should have resided in the Traditional Territory of the Tr’ondëk Hwëch’in for at least 1 year immediately prior to their appointment and should have long term familiarity with renewable resources in Tr’ondëk Hwëch’in Traditional Territory. A temporary absence from Tr’ondëk Hwëch’in Traditional Territory does not constitute an interruption of residency.
Term: 3 years
Meetings: twice a month on Thursdays at the Madame Tremblay Building on 3rd and King Street
Department: Environment
Honoraria: $125 per day

Members

  • Daniel (Dan) Reynolds, Government of Yukon member from June 8, 2017, to June 7, 2020, and co-chair from January 16, 2020, to June 7, 2020
  • Doug Fraser, First Nations member from December 18, 2018, to December 14, 2021
  • Ian Fraser, First Nations member from January 17, 2019, to June 7, 2020
  • John Kayler Mather, Government of Yukon alternate member from August 28, 2019, to August 27, 2022
  • John Mitchell, Government of Yukon member from  August 28, 2019, to August 27, 2022
  • Mark Weirda, Government of Yukon member from May 1, 2018, to April 30, 2021, and co-chair from January 16, 2020, to January 15, 2021
  • Peggy Kormendy, First Nations alternate member from January 17, 2019, to June 7, 2020
  • Robert Farr, First Nations member from September 18, 2018, to September 17, 2021

Links

Trapping in Schools

Contact

3rd & King

Phone: 867-993-6976
Fax: 867-993-6093
Email: dawsonrrc@northwestel.net

About

The Council’s jurisdiction is the Ta’an Kwach’an Council Traditional Territory which includes the city of Whitehorse.

Authority: Ta’an Kwach’an Council Final Agreement, Chapter 2.12.2.3 and 16.6.2
Type: advisory
Appointment process: ministerial
Requirements: All nominees must have resided in the Ta’an Kwach’an Council Traditional Territory or the Kwanlin Dun First Nation Traditional Territory for at least 1 year immediately prior to their appointment. Nominees should have long term familiarity with renewable resources in the Traditional Territory in which they reside. A temporary absence from Ta’an Kwach’an Council Traditional Territory or Kwanlin Dun First Nation Traditional Territory does not constitute an interruption of residency.
Term: 5 years
Meetings: second Thursday of each month at 5:30 p.m. for 3 to 4 hours
Department: Environment
Honoraria: $125 per day

Members

  • Norm Adamson
  • Len Mychasiw
  • John LaVallee
  • Martin Slama
  • Justin Hooper
  • William Asp
  • Daniel Potvin (Alt-member)
  • Doris Anderson (Alt-member)

Contact

Laberge RRC
3A Glacier Road
Whitehorse, YT
Y1A 5S7

Phone: 867.393.3940 call to fax
Emaillabergerrc@northwestel.net

About

The Council’s jurisdiction is the First Nation of Nacho Nyak Dun Traditional Territory which includes the communities of Mayo, Stewart Crossing, Elsa, and Keno City.

Authority: First Nation of Nacho Nyak Dun Final Agreement, Chapter 2.12.0 and 16.6
Type: advisory
Appointment process: ministerial
Requirements: All nominees to the Council, except nominees of the Tetlit Gwich’in, will have lived in the First Nation of Nacho Nyak Dun Traditional Territory for at least 1 year immediately prior to their appointment, and will have long term familiarity with renewable resources in the Traditional Territory of the First Nation of Nacho Nyak Dun. A Council member may reside temporarily outside of the Traditional Territory of the First Nation of Nacho Nyak Dun if doing work or studies related to the functions of the Council.
Term: 5 years
Meetings: first and third Mondays of each month at 7:30 p.m.
Department: Environment
Honoraria: $125 per day

Members

  • Dawna Hope, First Nations member, December 12, 2019, to December 11, 2024
  • Edwin Johnson, Government of Yukon member from April 1, 2020, to March 31, 2025
  • Frank Patterson, First Nations member from December 12, 2019, to March 31, 2023
  • Jacqueline Clark, First Nations alternate member from December 18, 2018, to March 31, 2023
  • Joella Hogan, Government of Yukon member from June 19, 2019, to June 18, 2024
  • Mikolay Peter, First nations member from December 18, 2018, to December 17, 2023, and chair from October 10, 2019, to March 31, 2020

Contact

Mayo District RRC

Box 249

Mayo, YT
Y0B 1P0


Phone: 867.996.2942

Fax: 867.996.2948

Email: mayorrc@northwestel.net

About

The Council’s jurisdiction is the Vuntut Gwitchin First Nation Traditional Territory which includes the community of Old Crow.

Authority: Vuntut Gwitchin First Nation (“VGFN”) Final Agreement, Chapter 2.12 and 16.6
Type: advisory
Appointment process: ministerial
Requirements: must be a resident within the Vuntut Gwitchin First Nation Traditional Territory
Term: 5 years
Meetings: the first Tuesday of each month from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the John Tizya Center in Old Crow
Department: Environment
Honoraria: $125 per day

Members

  • Brandon Kyikavichik, Government of Yukon member from  June 11, 2017, to June 10, 2022, and vice-chair from October 24, 2019, to October 23, 2020
  • Brenda Frost, First Nations member from February 13, 2019, to February 12, 2024
  • David Lord, First Nations member from November 6, 2019, to November 5, 2024, and chair from November 6, 2019, to November 5, 2020
  • Philip Rispin, First Nations member from April 13, 2016, to April 12, 2021
  • Randy Frost, Government of Yukon member from May 8, 2019, to May 7, 2024
  • Stanley Njootli, Government of Yukon member from August 26, 2015, to August 25, 2020
  • Steve Climie, Government of Yukon member from May 8, 2019, to May 7, 2024

Contact

North Yukon RRC

Box 80

Old Crow, YT

Y0B 1N0


Phone: 867.966-3034
Fax: 867.966.3036
Email: 
nyrrc@northwestel.net

About

The Council’s jurisdiction is the Selkirk First Nation Traditional Territory which includes the community of Pelly Crossing.

  • Authority: Selkirk First Nation Final Agreement, Chapter 16.6.3
    Type: advisory
    Appointment process: ministerial
    Requirements: nominees should have resided in the Selkirk First Nation Traditional Territory for at least 1 year immediately prior to their appointment and should have long term familiarity with renewable resources in Selkirk First Nation Traditional Territory
    Term: 3 years
    Meetings: first Tuesday of each month from 10:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. in the Council offices in the Selkirk First Nation Administration Building
    Department: Environment
    Honoraria: $125 per day

Members

  • Alex Joe, First Nations member from April 30, 2020 to April 29, 2020
  • Andy Silverfox, First Nations alternate member from November 29, 2018, to November 28, 2021
  • Bill Shanks, Government of Yukon member from March 30, 2017, to March 29, 2020
  • Brian Isaac, First Nations member from July 29, 2018, to July 28, 2021
  • Jerry Alfred, First Nations member from July 29, 2017, to July 28, 2020
  • Jerry Kruse, Government of Yukon member from April 26, 2018, to April 25, 2021 and co-chair from December 18, 2018, to April 25, 2021
  • Jessica Alfred, Government of Yukon member from September 28, 2017, to September 27, 2020
  • Scott Sawyer, Government of Yukon alternate member from June 19, 2019, to June 18, 2022

Contact

Selkirk RRC

Box 32

Pelly Crossing, YT

Y0B 1P0


Phone: 867.537.3937 or 867.537.3938

Fax: 867.537.3938
Email: 
selkirkrrc@northwestel.net

About

The Council’s jurisdiction is the Teslin Tlingit Council Traditional Territory which includes the community of Teslin.

Authority: Teslin Tlingit Council Final Agreement, Chapter 16.6.3
Type: advisory
Appointment process: ministerial
Requirements: Must be resident within Teslin Tlingit Council Traditional Territory. A resident is a person who has long term familiarity with Teslin Tlingit Council Traditional Territory and its renewable resources and who lives in Teslin Tlingit Council Traditional Territory.
Term: 5 years
Meetings: 12 ties per year
Department: Environment
Honoraria: $125 per year

Members

  • Adam Grinde, Government of Yukon member from April 11, 2019, to April 10, 2024
  • Carolyn Allen, Government of Yukon member from December 16, 2019, to December 15, 2024
  • Frank Johnstone, Government of Yukon member from April 1, 2018, to March 31, 2023, and vice-chair from February 13, 2019, to February 12, 2021
  • John Martychuk, First Nations member from November 4, 2015, to November 3, 2020
  • Juanita Kermer, First Nations member from December 12, 2019, to December 11, 2024
  • Kyle Keenan, First Nations member from July 17, 2019, July 16, 2024
  • Minnie Clark, Government of Yukon member April 1, 2016, to March 31, 2021
  • Randy Keleher, Government of Yukon member from June 27, 2018, to June 26, 2023
  • Sandy Smarch, First Nations member from April 22, 2015, to March 31, 2020, and chair from November 9, 2017, to March 31, 2020
  • Tim Dewhust Senior, First Nations member from July 17, 2019, to July 16, 2024

Priorities

Trapping: TRRC Trapline Guidelines (June 2012)

Links

Teslin Lake Bird Observatory

Contact

Teslin RRC

PO Box 186

Teslin, YT

Y0A 1B0

Phone: (867) 390-2323

Fax: (867) 390-2919

Email: teslinrrc@northwestel.net