The original 2004 description for UNESCO (ref 1941) commenced "The transboundary serial cultural landscapes in First Nations traditional territories, including the Tr'ochëk fishing camp, and the Chilkoot Trail, the Klondike gold fields and the historic district of Dawson"
Further to this -
Els - Perhaps the history of this T List entry should usefully mention the significant change in scope thus
2004 Added to T List as Transboundary CL titled "The Klondyke"
2017 T List name changed to "Tr'ondëk-Klondike". Chilkoot Trail and Transboundary aspects removed.
I have tried to trace via Wayback Machine when exactly this change happened!
The last Wayback scan of the old entry took place on Apr 3 2017 - though the entry was still present for further scans but with its text removed until Aug 3
The first Wayback scan of the new entry took place on Sep 20 2017.
The nomination for discussion at the 2018 WHC which Canada requested not to be discussed must have been submitted by end Jan 2017. Indeed, the relevant document for the 2017 WHC regarding nominations to be considered at the 2018 WHC, states
"Canada/ Tr'ondëk-Klondike/ 1564/ 26/01/2017/ (iv)(vi)/ Yes/ 1/ Complete
(S Party/ Proposed Name/ ID_NO/ Date Rec'vd/Criteria/ C L'scape?/No of Parts/Complete?)
Thus, although the T List entry on the UNESCO Web site
was only updated to the new name and scope some time between Apr and Sep 2017, the changes had clearly taken place some time before - during the period in which the Nomination presented to UNESCO in Jan 2017 was being prepared. Having presented something rather different from the "Official" T List title and scope the change made between Apr/Sept 2017 was clearly a "catch up" exercise by Canada in advance of the full evaluation!
In fact there is an "official" Web site for the Nomination -
This is the "History
" page which includes the statement "The original concept included the stampeders' trek along the Gold Rush corridor from Seattle over the Chilkoot Trail to Dawson and Tr'ochëk, but the U.S. government was not ready to approve the American portion."
. No date was mentioned for this US "unwillingness", but it appears to have been BEFORE 2010This page
indicates that the ICOMOS concerns related to the Cultural Landscape aspects. - "The project partners and Parks Canada consider that this unique site, which commemorates a living gold rush landscape identifying Indigenous culture and mining activity as key elements, would be a valuable contribution to the World Heritage List. However, ICOMOS has expressed concerns regarding the presentation of this site as a cultural landscape, its boundaries, and some of the elements that could contribute to its proposed Outstanding Universal Value. The site's protection, management, conservation and monitoring measures were all found to be satisfactory."
As far as I can see, no mention is made within the Nomination Web site of any date for resubmission. Merely that "the partners will continue working together to explore options to advance the nomination. We have the opportunity now to build an even stronger nomination and determine a successful path forward,
The decision to nominate as a "Cultural Landscape" would appear to be driven by the desire of one of the major partners - the local "First peoples" ("Tr'ondëk Hwëch'in
"), supported by the Canadian government, to gain inclusion for their Cultural contribution to the area rather than simply concentrating on the late 19th C "Gold Rush aspects!