The Yukon Supreme Court has overturned a Yukon government decision to allow a mining exploration project on the White River First Nation lands.
Last year, Yukon’s environmental assessment board recommended that a Tarsis Resources project not be allowed to proceed because it would have negative effects.
The director of mineral resources with the Yukon Department of Energy, Mines and Resources rejected that recommendation.
The White River First Nation then turned to the courts.
On Friday Justice Ron Veale ruled the Yukon government had made “fundamental mistakes” in its approach to consultation, by disregarding the board’s recommendation.
He ordered the director of mineral resources to meet with the First Nation for “deep consultation.”