The Commission is pleased to welcome Kirsten Reid as the new Senior Planner. Kirsten is an ecologist whose past work has focused on the changing ecosystems in central and northern Yukon. Kirsten has a PhD in Geography from Memorial University of Newfoundland and an MSc in Integrative Biology from Wilfrid Laurier University. In her professional career, Kirsten has successfully collaborated with diverse stakeholders, including government agencies, Indigenous communities, industry representatives, and environmental organizations. She is dedicated to promoting collaboration and inclusivity in the decision-making process, ensuring that all voices are heard and respected. Kirsten aims to contribute to a prosperous and resilient future for the Yukon. Outside of work, Kirsten enjoys exploring the outdoors via hiking, skiing, and biking.
Senior Liaison Committee (SLC)
The mandate of the SLC is to provide coordinated, senior level, governmental input, advice and support to the Commission as may be required to address issues in the preparation of the plan including:
- Acting as the primary conduit between the Commission and governments on political matters related to the preparation of the land use plan;
- Providing input and advice to the Commission regarding relevant government issues, policies, programs and initiatives for consideration in the preparation of the plan; and
- Responding to any questions the Commission may have on policy matters.
Technical Working Group (TWG)
The mandate of the TWG is to provide coordinated technical information and support to the Commission including:
- Acting as the primary point of contact between the Commission and governments on technical matters related to the preparation of the land use plan;
- Providing technical input and advice to the Commission regarding relevant Yukon Government and Tr'ondek Hwech'in issues, policies, programs and initiatives for consideration in the preparation of the plan; and
- Coordinating delivery of information to and from the Parties.
Yukon Land Use Planning Council
The Yukon Land Use Planning Council (YLUPC) advocates for land use planning as a comprehensive means of addressing cultural, social, economic and environmental sustainability. The YLUPC promotes an open, fair and public process carried out by all Yukoners, as set out in Yukon First Nation Final Agreements.
The YLUPC makes recommendations to government and each affected Yukon First Nation regarding:
land use planning, including policies, goals and priorities in the Yukon
identification of planning regions and priorities for the preparation of regional land use plans
General Terms of Reference, including timeframes, for each regional land use planning commission
the boundary of each planning region
other matters that governments and each affected Yukon First Nation may agree
The YLUPC will assist the Commission by providing orientation and training to Commission members; reviewing and recommending annual workplans and budgets; providing human resource and financial administration support; and participating on the Technical Working Group and Senior Liaison Committee (as requested).