Category Archives: Mining

Webinar on Indigenous Resistance to the Mount Polley Mining Disaster

Mount Polley webinar

Tahltan shut down northern B.C. drilling site

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Tahltan Blackhawk Drill Takeover

<p><a href=”http://vimeo.com/105731516″>Blackhawk Drill Takeover</a> from <a href=”http://vimeo.com/beyondboarding”>BeyondBoarding</a> on <a href=”https://vimeo.com”>Vimeo</a>.</p>

On the evening of September 8th, the Klabona Keepers, an organization of Tahltan elders and families from Iskut, British Columbia, occupied and shut down a Black Hawk Drill Pad. The drill pad is 4km east of highway 37, and one of seven different exploration sites.

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Mount Polley mine tailings spill nearly 70 per cent bigger than first estimated

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Secwepemc establish checkpoint and camp to monitor Mount Polley disaster

Mount polley secwepemc camp 2Press Release from Yuct Ne Senxiymetkwe Camp, August 21, 2014

The Secwepemc have established a monitoring checkpoint and encampment at the entrance of the Imperial Metals’ Mount Polley Mine where, on August 4th 2014, the largest environmental disaster in British Columbia’s history unfolded as the damn to the mine’s tailings pond broke and unleashed 2.5 billion gallons of contaminated water and 4.5 million cubic metres of metals laden silt into Hazeltine Creek, Polley Lake and Quesnel Lake on the way to the Fraser River Watershed. Read the rest of this entry

Wet’suwet’en Couple Raising a Child at a Tailings Pond Blockade

Moly and Cody prep salmon at the Unist'ot'en Camp. All photos via the author.

Moly and Cody prep salmon at the Unist’ot’en Camp. All photos via the author.

By Michael Toledano, Vice,

Molly Wickham and Cody Merriman are raising their three-year old son at a tailings pond blockade on unsurrendered indigenous land. The family has just moved into a cabin that overlooks a pristine body of water, known to the government of British Columbia as McBride Lake and to the native Gitdumden Clan as Lhudis Bin. Nanika Mines, proposing to dig molybdenum out of Nanika Mountain, seeks to turn one end of Lhudis Bin into a tailings pond—a permanent holding pool for toxic waste. Read the rest of this entry

First Nation aims to evict Imperial Metals over Mount Polley tailings spill

Neskonlith Indian Band says Imperial Metals ‘failed to properly protect land and water in our territory’

The Canadian Press/CBC,  Aug 13, 2014

Rally in Vancouver on Aug 11, 2014, against Imperial Metals.

Rally in Vancouver on Aug 11, 2014, against Imperial Metals.

A First Nations band in British Columbia has issued an eviction notice to the company that owns the Mount Polley tailings pond, which spilled millions of cubic metres of waste in the Cariboo region.

The Neskonlith are urging Imperial Metals Corp. (TSX:III) to leave their land, which is in the Thompson Okanagan region, about 48 kilometres east of Kamloops near the village of Chase. Read the rest of this entry

Secwepemc protest Imperial Metals and company’s ties with government

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Tahltan call for blockade of Imperial Metals mine in wake of Mt. Polley disaster

Tahltan Klabona Keepers during blockade of Fortune Minerals mine, 2013.

Tahltan Klabona Keepers during blockade of Fortune Minerals mine, 2013.

Water-use ban remains in effect until further testing, official says

LIKELY — A group of Tahltan First Nation elders is adding to the opposition of mining projects in British Columbia following the Mount Polley tailings-dam failure calling for a blockade today of the Red Chris mine project near Iskut in the far northwest.

Red Chris, a $500-million copper gold mine under construction, and the Mount Polley mine north are both owned by Imperial Metals Corp. and the elders, under the name the Klabona Keepers, issued an advisory calling for the action “in response to the (Mount Polley Mine) disaster and our serious concerns over (Red Chris Mine).

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Mount Polley mine disaster a blow to First Nations cooperation on B.C. mines

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