Category Archives: Mining

Video: Resistance Gathering at Mount Polley

Resistance Gathering

Our Secwepemc friends are calling on accomplices to gather in their territory and stop the re-opening of the Mount Polley mine. Deets here ->

Resistance Gathering at Mount Polley Aug 4, 2016

Mount Polley gathering 2016
Come join us at a 1-day gathering at Yuct Ne Senxiymetkwe, unceded, unsurrendered Secwepemc Territory on August 4, 2016, to mark 2-years since the Imperial Metals Mount Polley disaster. Come join us in Resistance to all mining and express our outrage of the opening of the Mount Polley mine! Please bring your hand drums, food to share, your plates, cups, cutlery and camping gear (if you will spend the night) For more information contact:

Altas documents industrialization of Northern B.C. First Nations’ territory


The Blueberry River First Nations released these maps in 2015 which compare industrial activity today to 50 years ago. (Blueberry River First Nations)

Blueberry River First Nations say logging, oil and gas and pollution destroying traditional territory

By Liam Britten, CBC News, June 29, 2016

A new report from the Blueberry River First Nations in northeastern B.C. says industrial activity is destroying their traditional territory.

The report, entitled Atlas of cumulative landscape disturbance in the traditional territory of Blueberry River First Nations, found 84 percent of the First Nations’ traditional territory is within 500 metres of an “industrial disturbance” such as an oil or gas well, roadways, forestry cut blocks, agriculture or seismic lines. Read the rest of this entry

Amazon tribe blockade railroad in protest against Brazilian mining giant


Warriors of the Awa tribe in the Amazonian region of Brazil blockade train tracks used by mining corporation, June 2016. Photo: Survival International.

Survival International, June 17,  2016

Members of Brazil’s Awá tribe have blockaded a railroad owned by Vale mining company in the eastern Amazon.

The company has moved to expand the railroad, but the Awá say the expansion will increase the number and size of trains which transport iron ore from the Carajás mine to the port of São Luis – and that this will make it harder for them to hunt for food. Read the rest of this entry

Shareholders Shamed at Imperial Metals AGM

Imperial Metals richmond protest 1by Murray Bush, Vancouver Media Coop, May 27, 2016

RICHMOND –  Imperial Metal shareholders gambled and lost today holding their AGM at the River Rock Casino. They were met with a noisy demonstration opposed to Imperial’s catastrophic Mt. Polley Mine tailings spill –  the largest mining disaster in British Columbia history. So far they have not cleaned up their toxic tailings spill and have resumed mining operations. Read the rest of this entry

Video: Imperial Metals AGM disrupted by land defenders

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Banners outside the Imperial Metals AGM in Richmond, BC, May 27, 2016.

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Geological survey expands in western B.C.

Geological survey helicopter

Helicopter equipped with magnetometer maps underground regions of magnetic minerals, gas and water.— image credit: Geoscience BC

by  Tom Fletcher , The Northern view, May 24, 2016

The latest geophysical survey of B.C. will map the largest area so far, creating a three-dimensional image indicating mineral and water resources far underground.

Geoscience BC has received $5 million from the provincial government for the Search II project, to complete an aerial magnetic survey of a 24,000 between Fort Fraser and Smithers, north of Tweedsmuir Provincial Park.

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Army Corps rejects permit for coal terminal at Cherry Point

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Lummi drummers.

, Bellingham Herald, May 9, 2016

The proposed coal terminal for Cherry Point is likely dead after the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers denied a needed permit Monday, May 9.

The Corps ruled the project would impact the treaty-protected fishing rights of Lummi Nation based on the fact that the proposed trestle and associated wharf would take up 144 acres over water.

“The Corps may not permit a project that abrogates treaty rights,” said Col. John Buck, commander of the Corps’ Seattle District.

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Imperial Metals Out Of Ahousaht Territory

Cat Face Mountain

Cat Face Mountain. Photo: Common Sense Canadian.

by Ancestral Pride, April 26, 2016

Out of concern for protecting Ahousaht territory from harmful resource extraction such as Imperial Metals copper mining on Chitaapii. Myself and my son Chico did a day hike up the southern peak of Catface mountain starting from Cypre Bay. As Imperial Metals is interested in three massive areas on Chitaapii, Hecate zone, Cliff face and Irishman creek.

Imperial Metals wants to utilize the Cypre Bay location as it has the infrastructure to place a work camp, first aid station, barge landing, air plane landing and boat dock. Read the rest of this entry

5 Maliseet chiefs want Sisson mine rejected

St. Mary’s, Tobique, Kingsclear, Oromocto, Madawaska chiefs respond to environmental assessment

Sisson mine mapBy Alan White, CBC News, April 21, 2016

The chiefs of five Maliseet First Nations in New Brunswick are calling for the proposed Sisson mine project to be rejected because of its impact on Maliseet people.

The chiefs of Kingsclear, Madawaska, Oromocto, St. Mary’s and Tobique First Nations issued a statement on Thursday in reaction to a federal study that said the proposed mine would have a “significant” impact on several communities. Read the rest of this entry


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