Ottawa (June 8, 2010) - The Honourable Chuck Strahl, Minister of Indian Affairs and Northern Development and Federal Interlocutor for Métis and Non-Status Indians, today announced an appointment and three re-appointments to the Yukon Environmental and Socio-Economic Assessment Board (YESAB).
Stephen Mills is appointed as Chair of the board. Ken McKinnon is re-appointed as an executive committee member and David Keenan and Tara Christie are re-appointed as members of the board.
“Stephen Mills has been an executive committee member for six years. He is a member of the Vuntun Gwitchin First Nation, a community leader and brings considerable experience in the development and implementation of land claims to his new position as Chair. Mr. Mills has made substantial and significant contributions to the development of the Yukon. We look forward to Mr. Mill's leadership in continuing the important work of the Yukon Environmental and Socio-Economic Assessment Board.” said Minister Strahl.
“I wish to thank Mr. McKinnon for his work as past Chair of the board, and I am grateful for the continuity of his service as an executive committee member,” said Minister Strahl. “I also welcome Mr. Keenan and Ms. Christie as returning members and look forward to their continued contribution.”
YESAB is responsible for delivering an assessment process that reflects the interests of First Nations, regional stakeholders and all citizens of the Yukon. It is an independent organization mandated to implement the Yukon Environmental and Socio-economic Assessment Act which outlines assessment processes for regional projects with environmental and socio-economic implications.
Created in 2004, YESAB has seven Board members and is responsible for carrying out an assessment process that is delivered through its designated offices, the Executive Committee and Panels of the Board. The Executive Committee of the Board is composed of the Chair and two Board members and is tasked with specific administrative and assessment responsibilities under the Act.
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