Renewable resources councils
In 1993, the Umbrella Final Agreement (UFA) was ratified between the Government of Canada, the Government of Yukon, and the Council of Yukon Indians (now called the Council of Yukon First Nations).
While the agreement is not a legal document, it represents a "political" agreement made between the three parties and forms an overall "umbrella" agreement of the Yukon Land Claims package. An important theme throughout the UFA is "co-management". As a result, the UFA contemplates the establishment of public advisory bodies, such as Renewable Resources Councils (RRC) in each Traditional Territory of each Yukon First Nation with a Final Agreement with respect to the management of local renewable resources.
The RRC were established as the Yukon First Nation Final Agreements were ratified in turn, beginning in 1993 through to 2005. There are 11 Yukon First Nations with Final Agreements; however, there currently exist only 10 functional RRC. They are:
- Alsek Renewable Resources Council;
- Carcross/Tagish Renewable Resources Council;
- Carmacks Renewable Resources Council;
- Dän Keyi Renewable Resources Council
- Dawson District Renewable Resources Council;
- Laberge Renewable Resources Council;
- Mayo District Renewable Resources Council;
- North Yukon Renewable Resources Council;
- Selkirk Renewable Resources Council; and
- Teslin Renewable Resources Council
With guaranteed representation from local people, both First Nation and non-First Nation, the RRC are charged with making recommendations to the appropriate management bodies and, or, other public advisory bodies regarding, among other things:
- the need for and the content and timing of Freshwater Fish and Wildlife management plans, including Harvesting plans, Total Allowable Harvests and the allocation of the remaining Total Allowable Harvest;
- the need for and the content and timing of Salmon management plans;
- allocation of commercial and other uses of Salmon and on other matters designated in accordance with the UFA;
- harvest requirements, including harvest requirements within the adjusted Basic Needs Level, within guidelines established in Yukon First Nation Final Agreements;
- the management of Furbearers; and
- allocation of and terms and conditions for commercial uses of Wildlife and Fish other than Salmon in accordance with the UFA.
For more detailed information on the powers and responsibilities of the Renewable Resources Councils, please consult the UFA or the Final Agreement which establishes the respective Renewable Resources Council. Additionally, you may contact the RRC directly through visiting the Yukon Fish and Wildlife Management Board website.
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