Energy, Mines and Resources



The Faro mine site is an abandoned lead and zinc mine located 15 km north of the Town of Faro and within the Traditional Territory of the Ross River Dena Council, Liard First Nation, and Kaska Dena Council. It is also upstream from the Traditional Territory of the Selkirk First Nation.

Input received in development of Faro mine remediation plan

The Faro Mine Remediation Project team has completed an initial consultation on key environmental and socio-economic interests linked to the Faro Mine site in the development of a remediation plan.

The environmental and socio-economic topics includes such things as water quality, fish and fish habitat, plants, wildlife and recreational activities which are valued by Yukoners living or working in the Faro Mine area.

The feedback received during this consultation period will be used to consider the impacts of the proposed remediation project activity on people, the environment or the economy and will form part of the final project proposal to be submitted to the Yukon Environmental and Socio-economic Assessment Board (YESAB).

This was the first part of a six-month consultation process that ran from Friday, June 9, to Monday, July 10, 2017.

Community meetings were held in:

  • Ross River, Monday, June 19
  • Town of Faro, Tuesday, June 20 
  • Watson Lake, Thursday, June 22 
  • Whitehorse, Wednesday, June 28 
  • Carmacks, Tuesday, June 27

A meeting in Pelly Crossing is still to be confirmed.

A second set of meetings will be held in the Fall of 2017 to review how community interests were reflected and addressed in the remediation plan and project proposal.

Faro mine site

With a footprint of over 25 km2, the Faro mine site consists of 3 distinct areas:

  • the Faro pit and mill site;
  • the Rose Creek tailings impoundment situated in Rose Creek Valley; and,
  • the Vangorda Plateau (incorporating the Grum and Vangorda pits).

The Faro pit and the Rose Creek tailings impoundment areas are connected to the Vangorda Plateau by a 10 km haul road. This road was used to truck ore from the Vangorda and Grum pits to the Faro mill for processing. A landmarks map [ 1.0 MB] shows the site’s different features.

The site is situated near the Town of Faro which was established in 1969 to service the newly opened mine.

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