Imperial Metals AGM disrupted in Vancouver (Coast Salish Territories)

BC Blackout, May 31, 2013

Imperial Mines protest megaphone

Photo by Murray Bush (flux photo).

The annual general meeting of Imperial Metals in downtown Vancouver on May 29, 2013, was visited by Indigenous resisters of its proposed mining projects on un-ceded land in so-called British Columbia.

They successfully got past police into the building where the meeting was being held (Terminal City Club) to declare their messages to Imperial’s brass and investors with megaphones, before being roughed up and removed by the VPD pigs who worked as one with the building’s corporate rent-a-cops as per usual.

The resisters came from as far as Neskonlith/Secwepemc and Ahousaht/Nuu Chah Nulth territories to state in no uncertain terms that Imperial Metals is not welcome on their lands.

Imperial Metals protest speaker

Photo byMurray Bush (flux photo)

Imperial’s Ruddock Creek project is located near Tum Tum lake in the headwaters of the Upper Adams River. The project is in the advanced stage of exploration but is but is being opposed by Secwepemc people from Neskonlith and Adams Lake. Traditionalists from these communities erected a blockade in 2011 and in February 2013 they issued a Sacred Water Declaration; “we will not, under any condition, compromise the health of our water and our future generations…we will not accept any monies or incentives from these mining corporations wanting to mine within our Secwepeculecw boundaries,” states the declaration.

Imperial Metals is also planning two mining projects in Clayoquot Sound. Chitaapi (Catface Mountain) in Ahousaht territory, contains low-grade copper-molybdenum ore.  Catface Mountain mine is a mountain-top removal scheme that would take place only 3 km from the village of Ahousat. Fandora, a potential gold mine, would be at the head of Tranquil Valley, on Tla-o-qui-aht territory, for which the provincial government is currently reviewing an application for exploration. They have not consulted with the Tla-o-qui-aht, who are opposed to mining in their homelands.

According to Sacheen of Ancestral Pride Ahousaht Sovereign Territory, “We, as sovereign Indigenous people and nations, will continue to protect our waters and lands from industrial genocide. Imperial Metals management is pursuing destructive mining projects in sensitive, highly valued ecosystems and has not obtained our free prior and informed consent for their operations. Imperial Metals is not welcome on sovereign Ahousaht territory.”

Imperial’s Red Chris copper-gold mine has also faced resistance from Tahltan people.

For more info and pictures, see  VMC – “Sounding Off Against Mining Clayoquot”

Sounding Off Against Mining Clayoquot

Vancouver Media Coop, May 29, 2013

COAST SALISH TERRITORIES—People came from as far away as Tla-oqui-aht First Nation on the west coast of Vancouver Island to  protest outside the AGM of Imperial Metals in downtown Vancouver today. The company wants to open a copper mine in the Clayoquot Sound UNESCO Biosphere Reserve.

A small group of indigenous activists managed to get past police and outside the meeting room at the Terminal City Club before being grabbed, roughed up and tossed into the street. The activists were inside long enough to shout their message to Imperial brass and investors before getting turfed.

The members of the Neskonlith Secwepemc Nation and Ancestral Pride Ahousaht Sovereign Territory used bullhorns to get the attention of shareholders. They were joined before the meeting by allies voicing opposition to Imperial’s operations across BC and the planned mines on  Vancouver Island.

Vancouver-based Imperial Metals is planning two mining projects in Clayoquot Sound. Catface Mountain copper-molybdenum mine is a mountain-top removal scheme that protesters say must be stopped before it is submitted to the environmental review process. Fandora, a potential gold mine, would be at the head of Tranquil Valley, on Tla-o-qui-aht territory, for which the BC Liberals are currently reviewing an application for exploration.

Janice Billy of the Secwepemc Nation told supporters, “In our territory as elsewhere, the company has not followed Canadian or international standards and legal obligations to obtain the free prior informed consent of the Indigenous peoples affected by its projects.”

Friends of Clayoquot Sound, Clayoquot Action and the Wilderness Committee and allies joined representatives of the Ahousaht First Nations for the rally.

for more information see Imperial Metals operating Without Consent

Posted on June 2, 2013, in Mining and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 4 Comments.

  1. talbothiggins

    The Secwepemc and Nuu Chah Nulth warriors bring pride and hope to my heart as I sit on our occupied territory surrounded by the colonial self-serving and as the genocidal imposed government we are controlled by continues to allow the corporations to destroy, steal and defy our elders! Be strong and fight for the Mother and all that exists upon her with all you have, I know I will be and my prayers go to you, the Mother is more powerful than any insignificant creation of one of her children, even if the creation is a corporation or too stupid to realize how pathetic they are, with that knowledge we know we cannot lose.

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