YES, I call on the B.C. government to cancel Taseko’s drilling permit at Fish Lake.
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The Tsilhqot’in were the first Indigenous nation in Canada to prove title to their territory in the Supreme Court. But five years later, they still have to fight for companies to respect them on their own land.
Taseko Mines is seeking an injunction against the Tsilhqot’in people trying to stop an open-pit mine at Teztan Biny (Fish Lake). The proposed mine stands to jeopardize a rich trout fishery and critical grizzly bear habitat in an area sacred to the Tsilhqot’in people. The Tsilhqot’in National Government has formally withheld consent for this project and are renewing a 2017 civil case to protect their proven rights and title.
Taseko’s two mine proposals for the area – the Prosperity Mine and the “New” Prosperity Mine – were both rejected by the federal government in 2010 and 2014, respectively, because of their unavoidable impact on fish and Tsilhqot’in culture. But on her final day as premier, Christy Clark gave her corporate campaign donor, Taseko, a permit for extensive “test drilling” at Teztan Biny.
The Tsilhqot’in are firmly opposed to the project, and the mine cannot be built without a federal permit. But Taseko won’t take no for an answer, and is trying to bring drilling equipment into Fish Lake. It’s time for the B.C. government to step in and respect Indigenous rights.
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