The Interim Land Withdrawals process allows lands to be withdrawn
from development for up to 5 years while negotiations proceed towards
a final agreement. Either both the surface and subsurface rights
will be withdrawn or the subsurface rights only (to allow for surface
development such as forestry to occur). Lands can be withdrawn if
- Used for
harvesting food or for medicinal purposes,
and spiritually significant areas,
for watershed protection.
Once an agreement
has been reached on the lands to be protected, they will be withdrawn
by a Federal Order in Council under the Territorial
Lands Act. No new mining claims or leases will be issued on
those lands for the specified period, but any existing claims would
continue to be operational.