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Talks continue after B.C. Rail buys coal licenses on Tahltan “sacred” ground

Defenders of the sacred head waters photo courtesy: Red Sparks Union

Defenders of the sacred head waters photo courtesy: Red Sparks Union

by Keven Drews and Dirk Meissner, Vancouver Observer/The Canadian Press, May 5th, 2015
VICTORIA — Sixty−one disputed licences to mine coal will be bought by a Crown corporation in an area of northwestern British Columbia consider sacred by First Nations, says Mines Minister Bill Bennett.The $18.3−million deal announced Monday will see the British Columbia Railway Company buy the licences in the Klappan area from Fortune Minerals (TSX:FT) and POSCO Canada.

The Klappan has been the site of protests and a bitter fight over resource extraction.

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St’at’imc threaten action over infrastructure trespasses in southern ‘BC’

By Keven Drews, Canadian Press/Vancouver Sun, May 10, 2013St'at'imc flag

VANCOUVER – Southwestern British Columbia’s St’at’imc Chiefs Council is threatening to block a highway and rail line and “embarrass” private companies and the next provincial government over trespasses on its traditional territory. Read the rest of this entry