Plan Components

The Draft Plan has many parts that work together to achieve the Commission's goals. It is broken down into six sections.


Plan Sections


This section includes the Commission's mandate, history and scope, as well as the Commission's vision statements, guiding principles, and plan goals.

Guiding Principles

Sustainable Development

The Plan is guided by the principle of sustainable development as defined in the THFA: Beneficial socio-economic change that does not undermine the ecological and social systems upon which communities and societies are dependent.


Collective responsibility and actions are needed for the continued health and vitality of the region. Maintaining a strong community connection to the land is achievable through stewardship. For the Tr’ondëk Hwëch’in, stewardship is also an ancestral responsibility.

Precautionary Principle

Regional planning should consider potential impacts before making resource decisions. Our limited understanding of land use impacts on other resources in the north makes this especially important. The Precautionary Principle enables us to make sound decisions until such a time that more evidence of the potential impacts of these decisions is known.

Adaptive Management

The Dawson Planning Region, like all regions, is subject to environmental, economic, and social changes over time. Adaptive Management means responding to changing land use and/or environmental conditions as needed. This principle provides flexibility to ensure regional land use plans are living documents that are open to periodic change and revision.

Priority Criteria for Candidate Conservation Areas

Healthy air, water, vegetation, and wildlife are critical to sustaining life. Ensuring that ecological systems are maintained is central to the definition of sustainable development. Instead of establishing formal conservation targets, the Commission identified priority criteria to identify candidate conservation areas, such as fish and wildlife habitat, wetlands, and heritage, social and cultural values.

Plan Goals

Plan goals are statements that support the Commission’s vision and describe what the Draft Plan hopes to achieve. They express desired future conditions in the planning region and should be used when measuring success of the Plan. Management direction provided in the Plan is organized around these goals. The Plan identifies 11 goals that guide the development of the Draft Plan.

Ecological Goals

  • Maintain healthy aquatic and terrestrial habitats to achieve sustainable fish and wildlife populations.
  • Support the natural integrity of the planning region by ensuring cumulative disturbances from human activities on the landscape are reclaimed or restored.
  • Preserve ecologically representative areas and important ecosystem services.
  • Maintain connectivity between areas of key wildlife habitat, while considering climate driven shifts in habitat.
  • Promote awareness of, and support mitigation and adaptation to, the effects of climate change on the landscape, fish and wildlife populations, and the people of the region.

Socio-cultural Goals

  • Promote land stewardship by upholding and enhancing cultural and heritage values of the Tr’ondëk Hwëch’in, other First Nations, and other residents of the planning region.
  • Support land-based activities that strengthen connections to the land to promote Yukoners’ health and well-being.
  • Ensure traditional harvesting rights and activities are respected and sustained.

Economic Goals

  • Facilitate existing and future sustainable economic development opportunities and activities (both monetary-based and traditional) that result in socio-economic benefits to First Nations, the community of Dawson, and Yukon as a whole.
  • Provide land use certainty and minimize land use conflicts throughout the planning region.
  • Manage access infrastructure to renewable and non-renewable resources.




2Regional Overview
3Tools and Concepts
4General Management Directions
5Landscape Management Units
6Implementation and Revision

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