The KPMA was established in 1974 to promote and protect the interests of the placer mining industry and acts as a voice for all Yukon’s placer miners providing leadership on, and advocating for, responsible and sustainable placer mining with technological and ethical advances to the benefit of all operators, our environment, and enriching the communities we are a part of.
The territory’s placer mining industry is founded on family-operated businesses – a 2020 survey found that over 90% of placer operations are family run.
A working placer mine involves everyone from children to grandparents – with some operations spanning three generations and some dating back to the Klondike Gold Rush. Our 2020 survey found that on average, there are 2.5 generations of family on a mine site.
Today, Yukon placer miners lead the world in safe and efficient gold recovery, while making significant contributions to our economy. Miners see themselves as stewards of the land, actively working towards excellence in reclamation as part of their work.
Today, we have replaced the pick and shovel of the very first prospectors and have regulations and legislation to ensure environmental stewardship, reclamation and site restoration.
The tenacity that drives us to find placer gold is matched by our passion to find better, more innovative ways to do things.
We are Yukon placer miners – celebrating our past, our present and our future.