The Commission

Our Purpose

The purpose of a regional land use plan is to provide guidance for future land use and an indication of the desired future state of the region. This guidance may include the identification of varying degrees or types of land use in specific areas of the planning region, and should provide land use decision makers, assessors and land users with guidance and direction on the use of land, water and other renewable and non-renewable resources. By bringing clarity to the appropriate uses and levels of use of the land, a regional plan helps create certainty for land users and assists in avoiding future land use conflicts.

Terms of Reference
Dawson Regional Planning Commission (2018)

Commission Members

Alice McCulley

Alice McCulley

Commission Member

Alice McCulley, a Tr’ondëk Hwëch’in citizen, has lived in Dawson City for 15 years and has worked for Yukon Parks and is currently a TH representative on both the Porcupine Caribou Management Board and the Tombstone Territorial Park Management Committee. She is currently employed with Tr’ondëk Hwëch’in as a Fish & Wildlife Projects Coordinator, and is co-owner of a small business in Dawson City.

John Flynn

John Flynn

Commission Member

John was born and raised in Dawson City. He manages a successful mining business and is a member of the Tr’ondëk Hwëch’in First Nation. He has participated in seven Arctic Winter Games as an athlete and coach beginning with the 1974 Games held in Anchorage, Alaska. John has been active in Dawson City and the Yukon as a sport volunteer for over thirty years and was inducted into the Sport Yukon Hall of Fame in 2012.

Angie Joseph-Rear

Angie Joseph-Rear

Commission Member

Angie was active in the self-government process as a Chief, councillor and community member. Her work ensured the Tr'ondëk Hwëch'in's land claims agreement reflected the values and aspirations of the Hän people.

Angie was a Hän language teacher and is now the Tr'ondëk Hwëch'in's language coordinator. Angie and peers helped others deal with their residential school experience through the K'änächá group. Angie still finds time to enjoy the land.

Dan Reynolds

Dan Reynolds

Dan has lived in the Dawson area since 1971 and has been an active trapper and outfitter his entire life. He also owns agricultural land near Dawson City and has been producing hay for the community for the past 20 years. For the past 13 years, Dan has been a member on the Dawson District Renewable Resource Council and has worked with Tr'ondek Hwech'in, local trappers, regional biologists and the public on important wildlife habitat issues.

Debbie Nagano

Debbie Nagano

Commission Member

Debbie is a Tr’ondëk Hwëch’in citizen and a member of the Wolf Clan. Her family have long made a living off of the land. She has worked for Tr’ondëk Hwëch’in Government for most of her adult life, with a focus on culture and well-being. Debbie is currently the Director of Heritage. She is also a skilled artist.

Lajit dedha’a ts’a lighe tr edaho ay. Respect one another in working together.

Art Webster

Art Webster

During his forty-some years as a Yukoner, Art has enjoyed a wide variety of work experiences in small business, politics, and special event management in both Whitehorse and Dawson City. He appreciates the high quality of wilderness adventure the Territory offers, and takes advantage of opportunities to explore its land and waters whenever possible. Art has two daughters working in Whitehorse, which is where he resides.

1Our History

In 2011 the planning process was initiated for the Dawson Region under a previous Commission. The Commission operated until 2014, when legal proceedings regarding the Peel Watershed began. As a result, the process was suspended by the Parties in order to wait for those legal proceedings to conclude.

In 2018, Yukon and Tr’ondek Hwech’in Governments resumed the process, and in early 2019, a new Commission was announced. The valuable work completed by the previous Commission remains an important resource for the current planning process.

The Dawson planning region covers about 40,000 km2 in the northwestern part of the Yukon, and the boundaries of the region have been modified since 2011. The 2018 planning region area excludes roughly 5,000 km2 in the upper Miner and Whitestone watersheds, which will be planned for in a separate process. This removed area is often referred to as the "North Yukon Annex". As a result of this modification, the Vuntut Gwitchin Government is no longer a Party to the Plan, but will remain an observer of the process as per their overlap agreement with Tr’ondëk Hwëch’in.

2Who We Are
3Why We Were Created
4What We Do
5What Happens to our Recommended Plan
6Who Helps Us
7What is the Role of the Yukon Land Use Planning Council
8Who Funds the Commission
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