Category Archives: Mining

Dene People in Northern Saskatchewan Are Resisting Uranium and Tar Sands Mining

All photos courtesy of Joey Podlubny, Vice.com,

All photos courtesy of Joey Podlubny, Vice.com,

By Michael Toledano, Vice.com, February 11, 2015

On November 22nd, 2014, a small group of Dene trappers called the Northern Trappers Alliance set up a checkpoint on Saskatchewan’s Highway 955, allowing locals to pass while blockading the industrial traffic of tar sands and uranium exploration companies. On December 1st, officers of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police descended on the site with an injunction from the province and forcibly dismantled the blockade.

Eighty days later, the trappers remain camped on the side of the highway in weather that has routinely dipped below -40C. They are constructing a cabin to stay there permanently. The cabin will be a meeting place for Dene people and northern land defenders.

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Mount Polley spill: Search warrants executed at Imperial Metals

Conservation and fisheries officers execute search warrants Tuesday night at the offices of Imperial Metals, the owners and operators of the Mount Polley mine. (CBC)

Conservation and fisheries officers execute search warrants Tuesday night at the offices of Imperial Metals, the owners and operators of the Mount Polley mine. (CBC)

B.C. Conservation Service conducts joint investigation involving RCMP, Environment Canada and Fisheries

CBC News, Feb 03, 2015

The B.C. Conservation Service executed search warrants at the Mount Polley mine and the Vancouver offices of its owner Imperial Metals Tuesday night, in relation to the spill of 25 million cubic metres of waste from the mine’s tailings pond last August.

Insp. Chris Doyle with the conservation service said the search warrants were issued to support a joint investigation by the B.C. Conservation Service, the RCMP, Environment Canada and Fisheries and Oceans Canada. Read the rest of this entry

San Carlos Apache Leader: ‘What Was a Struggle to Protect Our Most Sacred Site Is Now a Battle’

by Gale Courey Toensing, Indian Country Today, Jan 27, 2015

Washington lawmakers may think their passage of a bill giving the San Carlos Apache Tribe’s sacred land to a giant international mining company is a done deal, but they may have to think again.

The San Carlos Apache Tribe is organizing an all-out campaign to stop the transfer of Oak Flat, its 2,400-acre sacred ceremonial and burial site since time immemorial, to Resolution Copper, a subsidiary of the giant global mining corporation Rio Tinto. San Carlos wants to protect the land and water from the almost certain devastation of Resolution’s proposed massive underground copper mine, and preserve its natural state. San Carlos Chairman Terry Rambler told Indian Country Today Media Network.

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B.C. First Nations leaders upset after Victoria extends mine permit without consultation

B.C. upholds certificates for controversial Prosperity, Tulsequah mines

Taku River Valley, Tlingit territory.

Taku River Valley, Tlingit territory, area in which the Tulsequah Chief Mine is being established.

The Globe and Mail, Wednesday, Jan 14, 2015

Canadian court hands victory to First Nations in lawsuit against Rio Tinto

Iron Ore Co. of Canada’s port facility in Sept-Îles, Quebec.   Photo: Mining.com.

Iron Ore Co. of Canada’s port facility in Sept-Îles, Quebec. Photo: Mining.com.

Cecilia Jamasmie, Mining.com, January 8, 2015

Two Quebec Innu communities whose traditional territory covers a large part of the province northeast and Labrador, have achieved a crucial legal victory in their battle for Cdn$900 million ($760 million) in compensation from Rio Tinto-owned Iron Ore Co. of Canada (IOC).

The win came as the Quebec Court of Appeal, which is the province’s highest court, said Wednesday it won’t hear an appeal of a September 2014 Quebec Superior Court judgment that rejected a motion to dismiss the lawsuit.

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Sabotage And Dirty Tricks Infuriate Metis And Dene Trappers In Saskatchewan

Dene trappers blocking road in northern Saskatchewan, November 2014.

Dene trappers blocking road in northern Saskatchewan, November 2014.

Trappers Resisting Oil Companies As Well As “Number one new uranium project in the world”

by Daniel Johnson, Media Coop, Jan 7, 2015

#HoldingThe Line Trappers in the far north part of Saskatchewan have been trying to protect their way of life for the past 6 ½ years against resource company expansion into their traditional trapline areas. They are licensed trappers with a legal right to hunt and trap in those areas, but legally this is counted only as ‘surface rights’ while the companies have been given ‘mineral rights’ which the Federal and Provincial governments consider more important. Read the rest of this entry

Red Chris mine opening delayed

Tahtlan, members of Secwepemc delegation and comrades from Yuct Ne Senxiymetkwe Camp blockade Red Chris Mine site, Sept 29, 2014.

Tahtlan, members of Secwepemc delegation and comrades from Yuct Ne Senxiymetkwe Camp blockade Red Chris Mine site, Sept 29, 2014.

by  Josh Massey, Terrace Standard, Dec 17, 2014

The opening of the Imperial Metals Red Chris copper and gold mine has been delayed until the new year as the company continues to seek a final provincial environmental permit and negotiates with the Tahltan Central Council over recommendations contained in a review of the facility’s tailings pond.

Speaking in Terrace Dec. 12, Tahltan Central Council president Chad Day said the next few months will be critical for agreements with Imperial which had originally anticipated starting up its $643 million mine on Tahltan traditional territory by the end of this year.

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Ecuador indigenous leader found dead days before planned Lima protest

 José Isidro Tendetza Antún.

José Isidro Tendetza Antún.

Shuar leader José Isidro Tendetza Antún missing since 28 November

Activists believe death linked to opposition to state-Chinese mine project

by Jonathan Watts and Dan Collyns, The Guardian, Dec 6, 2014

The body of an indigenous leader who was opposed to a major mining project in Ecuador has been found bound and buried, days before he planned to take his campaign to climate talks in Lima.

The killing highlights the violence and harassment facing environmental activists in Ecuador, following the confiscation last week of a bus carrying climate campaigners who planned to denounce president Rafael Correa at the United Nations conference.

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Re: Raiding Native Sacred Places in a Defense Authorization: Everything Wrong with Congress

 Apache Leap is one potential sacred site being threatened by a provision added to the National Defense Authorization Act reauthorization that would allow a large copper mine project. Photo from Indian Country Today.

Apache Leap is one potential sacred site being threatened by a provision added to the National Defense Authorization Act reauthorization that would allow a large copper mine project.
Photo from Indian Country Today.

by Terry Rambler, Indian Country Today, Dec 10, 2014

The San Carlos Apache Tribe (Tribe) has worked for the past decade to shine light on the Southeast Arizona Land Exchange that would transfer Oak Flat and nearby lands in the Tonto National Forest – lands held sacred by my Tribe and many other Native Americans – to a foreign-owned mining corporation for certain destruction. Sadly, this Land Exchange has been airdropped into the FY15 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) at the eleventh hour, as Congress prepares to bring the 113th Session to close.
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