YESAA Oversight Group

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About the Oversight Group

The Oversight Group was established as a result of the Yukon Environmental and Socio-economic Assessment Act (YESAA) Reset Memorandum of Understanding, signed in November 2017, by Yukon First Nations with Final Agreements, the Government of Yukon, and the Government of Canada. The Parties are committed to working together to re-establish collaboration for the purpose of fully implementing the development assessment process in accordance with the Yukon First Nation Final Agreements and facilitating its improvement in the spirit of partnership, respect and cooperation.

The purpose of the Oversight Group is to oversee the development assessment process in the Yukon and promote its ongoing improvement while respecting the independence of the Yukon Environmental and Socio-economic Assessment Board (YESAB).

The Oversight Group consists of four members:

  • Daryn Leas and Emmie Fairclough, who are the two representatives appointed by Yukon First Nations
  • Jasmina Randhawa, who is the representative appointed by the Government of Yukon
  • Dionne Savill, who is the representative appointed by the Government of Canada

First Nations and stakeholders that are not party to the Reset Memorandum of Understanding (including YESAB, Yukon First Nations without Final Agreements, Transboundary First Nations, industry and other interested groups) are encouraged to contact the Oversight Group if they have questions or input.

Oversight Group Priorities

The Oversight Group approved a series of priorities, which was informed by submissions from Yukon First Nations, the Government of Yukon, the Government of Canada and YESAB. The Oversight Group also took into consideration the concerns and interests expressed by various non-governmental organizations, including industry and conservations groups. These priorities may be addressed through forums, working groups, technical committees, or any other means as agreed upon by the Oversight Group.

The priorities generally fall into three common themes:

  1. Yukon Environmental and Socio-economic Assessment Act Forum
  2. Consultation and Engagement
  3. Policy/Procedural Aspects

For further details on the priority areas, see the Oversight Group Priorities Document.


The YESAA Forum originally flowed from the YESAA 5-year review as a means to continuously and collaboratively improve the environmental assessment process for all Yukoners. Though the Forum has been inactive in recent years, the outcomes of the Reset Memorandum of Understanding and the establishment of the Oversight Group have encouraged the revitalization of the Forum.

The purpose of the YESAA Forum is to create a community of practice for practitioners to engage in discussion, analysis and training, and to develop recommendations to address a number of related topics. The Oversight Group will provide guidance and direction to the YESAA Forum.

The YESAA Forum may include discussion of the following priority areas:

  • Cumulative Effects
  • Traditional Knowledge
  • Training
  • Consultation and Engagement
  • Mitigative Measures
  • Providing Economic Potential and Benefits
  • Improving Communications of Pre-submission Requirements
  • Other priority areas identified by the Oversight Group

The next YESAA Forum is planned for November 2019.

YESAA Forum Documents

Updated Forum Terms of Reference

Upcoming Events

The next Yukon Environmental and Socio-economic Assessment Act Forum is planned for November 2019. Details will follow once confirmed.

Oversight Group Meetings and Record of Decisions

Oversight Group Documents

Related News and Agreements

Contact the Oversight Group

Dionne Savill, Chair
Phone: 867-667-3888
Mailing address:
415C-300 Main Street
Whitehorse, YT
Y1A 2B5