AISHIHIK HYDRO FACILITY
Äshèyi Män (Aishihik Lake) is located in the Champagne and Aishihik First Nations (CAFN) Traditional Territory in the Yukon. The traditional village of Äshèyi has been located at the head of the lake and occupied by CAFN dän (people) for countless generations.
The Aishihik hydroelectric facility is located at the south end of the lake, about 110 kilometres northwest of Whitehorse, and has provided electricity to Yukoners since 1975. It currently provides up to 37% of the Yukon’s energy year-round with a larger reliance in winter. Yukon Energy Corporation’s (YEC) water license for the facility expires at the end of 2019.
CAFN’S GOAL FOR THE NEW LICENSE:
Champagne and Aishihik’s main goal for this water license renewal is the long-term health of the land, water and people, and is based on the recommendations of our Community Advisory Committee and extensive community consultation.
Watch our Restore Äshèyi videos with Elder Margaret Workman and former Chief James Allen by clicking on the pictures below.
WHAT DOES CAFN WANT?
- To ensure the rights of Champagne and Aishihik First Nations people are upheld as an outcome of the relicensing process.
- Like all Yukoners, CAFN wants responsible and clean energy. We want to be part of the solution when it comes to Aishihik and other energy options for the Yukon.
- We now have an opportunity to reconcile past wrongs by working together and developing an option that will benefit Yukoners and reduce the impacts on the environment and our people.
- We believe recognition of our rights and the value of our relationship to the land and water are essential.
WHAT CAN YOU DO?
Please support CAFN in our goal to reduce the pressure on Aishihik Lake and River basin to restore healthy lakes, rivers and wetlands, and respect for the people who call this their home. It is time to address the legacy of Aishihik dam and its impacts on our land and people.
- support CAFN in our negotiations with Yukon government and YEC,
- speak up at public meetings about the Aishihik license
- provide comments during the YESAB review,
- participate during the Water Board Hearing, and
- encourage Yukon Government leaders to support CAFN on our path to work together to reconcile past wrongs.
- Please follow #restoreasheyi
FOR MORE INFORMATION:
For updates earlier in the Aishihik Relicensing Process, please check out the following: