Rejecting a gold mine and saving the land
by Dawn Hoogeveen • Briarpatch Magazine, July 7, 2014

Taseko’s promise of jobs in the mining industry seeks to overpower the value of traditional lifeways and sacred lands. The company’s claim to the copper and gold, based on Crown ownership and the alienation of mineral rights, seeks to erase Indigenous title. But the Tsilhqot’in National Government has remained firm in its rejection of jobs in private industry in exchange for desolation of land and territory. The second rejection of the New Prosperity proposal this year is a victory for the Tsilhqot’in resistance, a resistance that seeks to maintain Teztan Biny – Fish Lake – for future generations.
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Federal government rejects proposed gold, copper mine in BC Interior
February 26, 2014

Environment Minister Leona Aglukkaq said Wednesday evening that her ministry has rejected the New Prosperity Gold Copper Mine for a second time because it will cause significant adverse environmental effects that can't be mitigated.
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Tsilhqot’in Gathering at Teztan Biny June 2010

The Tsilhqot’in Nation has never ceded nor surrendered our rights or title to our lands, water or way of life including our future generations. We are gratefully still able to drink from our streams, rivers and lakes alongside the wildlife. It is our duty and responsibility to protect our head waters, wildlife, plants (including forests), and lands that sustain us and have done so since time immemorial.

The panel will be handing its report to Canada's Environment Minister at the end of October 2013, but it's the minister who has the final say on the project. Join us in taking action TODAY to protect this very special region, its wildlife, and its culture and history - visit to write to the Environment Minister today!
Video produced by The Wilderness Committee
Shot and edited by Jeremy Williams
Music by Moby Gratis

MARCH 2013

March 28
Review panel has more questions about controversial Taseko mine proposal for B.C.
The panel is reviewing the company’s revised environmental impact statement, the second attempt Taseko has made to win approval for the mine.

Today, the Federal Review Panel responsible for assessing the New Prosperity Project issued a statement to the Proponent, Taseko Mines Ltd. requesting additional information on the Project. The statement contains 11 supplemental information requests to the Proponent. The letter and the supplemental information requests can be found on the Canadian Environmental Assessment Registry at:

An overview of the various Environmental Assessment processes for the New Prosperity Mine, undertaken from the Provincial to Federal level. The perceived and actual thoroughness of the processes are investigated, with a close examination of the cross-fire of debates that ensue.





Issues of Concern Over the proposed Prosperity Mine -
R.A.V.E.N. Trust

Taseko takes a second swing at New Prosperity The heart of the debate revolves around Fish Lake, a site that holds spiritual significance to the Tsilhqot'in First Nation and houses a large amount of rainbow trout. Taseko had originally planned to drain the lake and use it as a tailings facility. Though the British Columbia government approved the project, Taseko was later denied by the federal government, which invited the company to resubmit its proposal after addressing a number of environmental concerns.

Mining Watch Canada Report - Significant Risks and Uncertainties Associated with Taseko Mines Limited. September 13, 2012

Doubts about the economic viability of Taseko Mines’ New Prosperity copper-gold proposal at Fish Lake.

Videos of Fish Lake area and local context

SAMAQAN: Water Stories - Ep 12/13 Excerpt - Fish Lake Pt 1 and 2. 

1 comment:

Barbra Partridge said...

htLCannot believe that this proposal is going to pass. Nor can I believe that the amount of money offered B.C. and the jobs as well will make a difference to the plan.
It should not be allowed Period....
Our grandchildren should not pay the price for shortsightedness of their adults. Wish I was younger in order to physically join in the fight for this beautiful and pristine bit of nature.