Mining Reform

Transitioning our economy to renewable energy will require raw materials that B.C. is blessed to have in abundance. Done right, mining can provide stable jobs and long-term revenue in rural and Indigenous communities. But right now, B.C.’s mining laws need a serious overhaul.

At a basic level, we need to ensure companies are held responsible for disasters like the Mount Polley tailings dam failure – which released 25 billion litres of contaminated sludge into the Fraser watershed. Taxpayers can no longer be on the hook for environmental damage, or cleanup after a company goes bankrupt.

At the same time, we need to work together with our Indigenous neighbours. That starts with obtaining consent from local communities before staking a claim or drilling on their land. Mining companies need to learn to respect human rights, including Indigenous rights here in B.C.

Finally, we need to get serious about protecting our most precious natural resource: fresh water. We can’t afford to pollute any more salmon streams, lakes or rivers. As we’ve seen in B.C. and around the world, storing lakes of liquid waste behind huge earthen dams is a recipe for disaster.

Webinar: Adam Olsen on the passage of B.C.’s UNDRIP law

12.18.19 | Climate, Democracy, In Depth, Media, Mining, Podcast | 

How might the Declaration Act affect forestry, mining, Site C or other projects on the B.C. landscape? After Bill 41 became law, we had a chance to sit down for an hour with Adam Olsen, Tsartlip Nation member and MLA for Saanich North and the Islands. Topics included: How Indigenous languages offer a different perspective […]

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The road to reforming mining in B.C.

12.06.19 | Campaigns, Mining, News | 

2019 brought partial victories, but the hard work lies ahead This week B.C. ministers George Heyman and Doug Donaldson announced the provincial government would end logging in the “donut hole,” an unprotected piece of the Skagit River headwaters next to Manning Park. But Imperial Metals still holds a mining tenure in the same area, and […]

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Webinar: Khelsilem on B.C. Indigenous rights bill

11.19.19 | Climate, Democracy, In Depth, Media, Mining, Podcast | 

How affordable housing, climate action and Indigenous rights can fit together We were pleased to welcome language teacher, elected councillor and Squamish Nation spokesperson Khelsilem for an hour-long chat with Kai Nagata and Dogwood supporters. Topics included: Sen̓áḵw, the Squamish Nation’s ambitious new 6,000-unit rental housing project in Kitsilano How Indigenous values can inform the […]

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