Tr'ondëk Hwëch'in opposes Dome Road mining claims

The Tr'ondëk Hwëch'in First Nation is speaking out against Darrell Carey's application for a 10-year permit to mine claims along Dawson City's Dome Road.

Darrell Carey's Dawson City mining claims overlap with First Nation's settlement lands

Darrell Carey's Slinky placer operation on the Midnight Dome in Dawson City has long been a source of controversy. (CBC)

The Tr'ondëk Hwëch'in First Nation says a proposed placer mining operation along Dawson City's Dome Road conflicts with its own development rights in the area.

Darren Taylor, the First Nation's director of natural resources, has sent a letter to the Yukon Socio-Economic Assessment Board (YESAB), spelling out the First Nation's objections to the proposed mine.

Darrell Carey has applied to YESAB for a 10-year permit to operate a placer mining operation on 34 claims on the east side of the Dome.

​Carey is already well known in Dawson for convincing the government to move the Dome Road to accommodate his Slinky Mine operation.

Tr'ondëk Hwëch'in says Carey's new proposal is unacceptable because the First Nation's final agreement gives it development rights over some of the same properties.

The First Nation is concerned that a mine would lower the economic potential of its own plans for the area. 

The letter to YESAB also spells out "general apprehensions" about the project, saying the mine operation would destroy local cross-country ski trails, and be too close to a residential area.

YESAB is accepting public comments on the proposed mining operation until Sep. 7.

With files from Vic Istchenko

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