British Columbia

Mardi, septembre 11, 2007

[Takla First Nation news release] Takla First Nation has informed the British Columbia Minister of Mines and the Minister of Lands that as of Wednesday, September 12, 2007, access to parts of its Territory will be blocked. Takla states it has been left with no other options to address the gold-rush that is taking place throughout the Territory and to protect Takla’s rights and territory. Chief Dolly Abraham stated, “This is out of control. B.C. allows on-line staking and hands out permits to anyone who asks. Mining companies are given permits to build roads and drill in sensitive areas of our Territory. Until there is joint planning and meaningful consultation and accommodation, we will be forced to take action to protect ourselves.”

Lundi, juin 18, 2007

Joint news release with Sierra Legal: (Vancouver) In a case that could have far-reaching consequences, lawyers from Sierra Legal will tell a Federal Court judge tomorrow that development of a large open-pit mine in northern British Columbia should not go ahead until the project has undergone a comprehensive environmental assessment. The Red Chris Mine would turn creek headwaters into a tailings waste dump, destroying fish habitat and risking contamination of the Stikine watershed in northwestern BC.

Lundi, février 5, 2007

Published by EAGLE (Environmental-Aboriginal Guardianship through Law and Education) and the Environmental Mining Council of BC. Available here as a PDF (1.7 MB - 299 pages).

From the Introduction:

Vendredi, février 2, 2007

Transboundary Watershed Alliance News Release:

(January 30, 2007–Whitehorse, Yukon, and Juneau, Alaska) The Transboundary Watershed Alliance (TWA) has called upon authorities in British Columbia, Alaska, and at the federal level in Canada and the United States to undertake a full, open, and public binational environmental assessment of the new development proposal for the Tulsequah Chief project in northwest British Columbia.

Mardi, novembre 28, 2006

MiningWatch Canada presented our findings to the Kemess North Mine Environmental Assessment Joint Review Panel on November 22, 2006, concluding that the Panel "has no choice but to find that the Kemess North Mine project poses serious environmental effects which cannot be mitigated and that are not justified under the circumstances."

British Columbia, Northgate
Lundi, novembre 27, 2006

The Gitxsan are asking that the Panel:

Lundi, octobre 30, 2006

The Tse Keh Nay (Takla, Tsay Keh Dene, and Kwadacha First Nations) have called on the Prime Minister and Premier of B.C. to involve First Nations more substantively in decisions about mining developments. In a letter to the Prime Minister and Premier, they say they will participate in the joint Federal-Provincial Panel on the proposed Kemess North Mine, in Tse Keh Nay Territory, B.C., but it will be under protest.

Jeudi, septembre 14, 2006

On September 8, 2006, MiningWatch Canada filed a formal complaint with securities regulators in British Columbia and Toronto, charging that bcMetals has misrepresented the risks of its proposed Red Chris Mine in northern British Columbia to its investors. MiningWatch has asked the B.C. Securities Commission to investigate whether bcMetals has acted contrary to the British Columbia Securities Act, its regulations, and national standards on disclosure, by failing to report material information or material changes to investors and securities regulators.

Lundi, septembre 11, 2006

(Iskut, B.C.) Lillian Moyer, a 67-year-old grandmother, was arrested September 9, 2006, at a First Nations road blockade near the Village of Iskut in northern B.C. For two months, the blockade has been preventing Vancouver mining company bcMetals from conducting exploration for a copper-gold mine in the Todagin Plateau area south of Dease Lake. Community members allege that following the arrest, bcMetals heavy equipment leaked oil into trout-bearing Coyote Creek. They intend to hold the company accountable for the spill under Canada's Fisheries Act.

Mardi, août 29, 2006

Tse Keh Nay
Takla First Nation ~ Tsay Keh Dene ~ Kwadacha First Nation
#345-1460 Sixth Ave., Prince George, B.C. V2L 3N2
Phone: (250) 564-9321 Fax: (250) 564-9521