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The governments of Yukon and the Northwest Territories have signed two Bilateral Water Management agreements. The agreements apply to the Peel and Liard River sub-basins, both of which are in the Mackenzie River Basin, and will help better manage and sustain the aquatic ecosystem health in these two key watersheds.
Together, the parties have agreed to:
These agreements will continue to strengthen relationships and cooperation between the Government of Yukon and transboundary partners, and ensure these waters are protected now and for future generations.
By working with First Nations and neighbouring jurisdictions, we are maintaining the quality, quantity and health of the Peel and Liard River sub-basins and ensuring this ecosystem is protected for future generations of Yukoners. I thank our counterparts for coming together to advance this important environmental initiative and I look forward to our continued work to protect our beautiful shared territory.
Minister of Environment Nils Clarke
These agreements support the Government of Yukon’s commitment to strong environmental management by continuing to work with other jurisdictions and First Nation partners to better understand and manage the ecological needs of the Peel and Mackenzie Delta and the Liard sub-basins.
Executive Director, Dena Kayeh Institute, Yukon Indigenous Representative on Mackenzie River Basin Board Corrine Porter
Clean, abundant water for all time – that is the vision for waters in the Northwest Territories established under the Northwest Territories Water Stewardship Strategy. These updated agreements will modernize our shared approach and partnership with Yukon to realize that vision. We look forward to working with Yukon, and with Indigenous governments and partners across these watersheds, to monitor and manage the Peel/Mackenzie Delta Basins and Liard basins.
Minister of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources, Government of Northwest Territories Shane Thompson
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