Tahltan Blackhawk Drill Takeover
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.
The drilling company has been hired by Firesteel and Oz minerals who have already been told to leave the territory twice this summer after drilling without consultation or consent; the Klabona Keepers invited Firesteel and Oz to discuss the matter at a meeting at the end of August and they never showed up to do so. Reports from the drill have shown that its cuttings are overflowing into a small lake that feeds in to Eddontenajon lake, the Tahltan’s primary area for trout fishing throughout the year.