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TIME WELL SPENT – Premier Ranj Pillai, seen Wednesday in the premier’s office, says the Association for Mineral Exploration’s Roundup conference provides opportunities for many valuable discussions with resource industry leaders.

Yukon potential highlighted at Roundup conference

The premier and two cabinet ministers were in Vancouver this week to promote the Yukon’s mineral resources at the Association for Mineral Exploration’s Roundup conference.

By Whitehorse Star on January 26, 2023

The premier and two cabinet ministers were in Vancouver this week to promote the Yukon’s mineral resources at the Association for Mineral Exploration’s Roundup conference.

Premier Ranj Pillai, Deputy Premier Jeanie McLean and Energy, Mines and Resources Minister John Streicker made the trip.

The delegation highlighted the territory’s mineral potential and progressive mining industry along with a wide range of government initiatives underway to support mining, the government said in a statement Wednesday.

Those include regional land-use planning, wetlands stewardship, renewable energy and new minerals legislation under development in partnership with First Nations.

The Roundup is the world’s premier technical mineral exploration conference, bringing together exploration companies, geologists, governments and interested investors.

Thousands of people attend the event from all aspects of the global mineral exploration and mining sector.

During the gathering, which ends today, geologists from the Yukon Geological Survey presented the results of their fieldwork to the mining and investment community.

Territorial government officials also introduced exploration and mining companies and potential investors to the many mineral development opportunities in the territory, the statement said.

“I’m happy to join the innovative members of the mineral exploration industry at Roundup,” said Pillai, who doubles as the minister of Economic Development.

“This conference provides opportunities for many valuable discussions and lets us showcase the Yukon as an incredibly attractive location for investment.

“The mining sector is one of the leading economic drivers in the territory, and our government will continue to work side-by-side with our industry and First Nations partners to strengthen the Yukon’s position as a worldwide leader in this industry.”

Streicker said the government “supports a strong, responsible mining industry.

“The industry invests heavily in our Yukon communities and critical minerals needed for the transition to a clean-energy economy. Having face-to-face meetings with industry representatives at Roundup is a great way to highlight why the territory ranks as one of the most desirable mining jurisdictions in the world.”

The Yukon’s GDP by industry increased by 10 per cent in 2021.

Approximately 45 per cent of this growth is attributed to the mining sector, the government indicated.

Comments (12)

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Sad on Jan 31, 2023 at 6:35 pm

@ iBrian
Don’t let the door hit ya on the way out. We’re getting tired of using tax dollars to cleaup the waste of unreclaimed resource extraction outfits.

@ John
I know the truth can hurt but everything I posted is truthful and well documented.


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John on Jan 30, 2023 at 4:27 pm

@ sad ….your pseudonym fits you and the liberal party well. Good choice

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Sad on Jan 27, 2023 at 5:19 pm


Remember the time your boys in the YP tried to form the same allegiance with the NDP? Just days (DAYS!) after the story broke with Dixon, Hassard and Istchenko who we’re mocking her and other MLAs genitalia via text message.

Anywho, Kate told ‘em to shove it.
All this was after an unelected Dixon and freshly minted YP leader was forced to do his chirping from outside the Ledge.
Pretty short memory you got there. Maybe we can fight out in the parking lot like your YP boys suggested.

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iBrian on Jan 27, 2023 at 4:56 am

The Yukon is NOT Open for Business. Sorry. But between the procurement process and unbalanced opportunities based on race.
Sorry, but all 5 Junior Resource companies I worked for over 10 years, will not come back here for a very very long time. It’s easier to work in Arizona or Alaska.

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Max Mack on Jan 26, 2023 at 11:00 pm

Mining and resource extraction in the Yukon is only for the most cash-rich companies. No one else can afford to pay the rent, if you know what I mean.

But, GY and the Feds will shovel bucketfuls of cash to the right businesses . . . also if you know what I mean.

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John on Jan 26, 2023 at 9:50 pm

Unelected premier operating within an un-elected coalition. Call an election you don't have a public mandate or even public support.

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Ralph Vommett on Jan 26, 2023 at 9:44 pm

Empty mind indeed JJ - We have just seen a real life enactment of the expression - Garbage in, garbage out!

Liberalism is a disorder of disorder…

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Mr Democracy on Jan 26, 2023 at 7:10 pm

Sorry but I do not recognize Ranj as the premier…as a matter of fact I identify as a premier and want to be addressed as such, I could probably..actually I know I could do a better job than ranj Sandy and kate and their entire cabinet and I’d do it for free.

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Boots brown on Jan 26, 2023 at 6:00 pm

Thanks be to God I dumped all my
Hard rock and placer projects in
To many burecrates running the show.
I'm now putting my energy into the diamond and gold mines in the Gran Sabana Venezuela.
I would rather work with machine guns than over paid burecrates with paid sick leave in Yukon🙏👍

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YXY on Jan 26, 2023 at 4:14 pm

Pillai was removed from the portfolio of Energy Mines and and Resources for many reasons, not the least of which was alleged meddling into regulatory processes within YG and how it affected friends of his in the industry.
I have zero faith that as premier he will act for the best interests of Yukoners.

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Juniper Jackson on Jan 26, 2023 at 2:46 pm

There's something 'they" say about a clean desk..

Personally, not a fan of this man. Ya' got 1 Liberal, Trudeau, and thousands of carbon copies. I prefer originality..Mr. Pillai, just beating the same old drum.

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UN on Jan 26, 2023 at 2:07 pm

YG wants to avoid mining in the Yukon. They need to push FN to consult efficiently, they refuse to fight back against atrocious requests and expect companies to implement them. The companies are left to deal with ridiculous asks, which end up decreasing the ability of these companies to fundraise. The YUKON is not open for business; the Land Use Permits clearly say as such.

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