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Tahltan First Nation bans mining company in dispute over coal mine

Tahltan fortune minerals signDEASE LAKE, B.C. — The Globe and Mail/The Canadian Press, April 1, 2014

A northern B.C. First Nation has banned a mining company from its lands as a bitter fight over a proposed coal mine escalates, again.

Tahltan Central Council president Annita McPhee says Fortune Minerals must not enter Tahltan Nation communities without permission from the Iskut and Tahltan bands.

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Tahltan orders Fortune Minerals workers off site

Tahltan Elders protesting proposed Fortune Minerals coal mine in northwestern B.C.

CBC News/The Canadian Press,  Sept 24, 2013

Tahltan camp at sacred headwaters.

Tahltan camp at sacred headwaters.

One day after Mines Minister Bill Bennett held a weekend visit at a First Nations protest site in northwestern B.C., 40 Tahltan members ordered workers at a nearby Fortune Minerals exploration camp to leave the area, considered sacred by aboriginals. Read the rest of this entry

B.C. Mines minister to visit Tahltan blockade

Tahltan Elders protesting proposed coal mine in northwestern B.C.

CBC News, Sept 20, 2013Tahltan fortune minerals sign

Mines Minister Bill Bennett is expected to visit the site of a First Nations protest in northwestern B.C. tomorrow, as members of the Tahltan Nation accuse the government of reneging on a land management deal covering the headwaters of the Nass, Skeena and Stikine rivers. Read the rest of this entry

Tahltan shut down Fortune Minerals drill site

September 10, 2013

A drilling site run by Fortune Minerals is shut down by Tahltan, Sept 10, 2013.

A drilling site run by Fortune Minerals is shut down by Tahltan, Sept 10, 2013.

According to the Klabona Keepers Facebook page, members of the Tahltan’s Iskut band have shut down a drilling site maintained by Fortune Minerals: Read the rest of this entry

Tahltan members block Fortune mine access road

Sept. 4, 2013

Tahltan members rallying against Fortune Minerals, August 2013.

Tahltan members rallying against Fortune Minerals, August 2013.

DEASE LAKE– Members of the Tahltan nation began blockading a road which leads to the site of Fortune Minerals’ proposed open pit coal mine last night as Tahltan Central Council (TCC) leaders prepared for talks with Government this afternoon. Read the rest of this entry

RCMP set up camp between Tahtlan and Fortune Minerals mine

By Josh Massey, Terrace Standard, August 23, 2013

Tahltan camp opposed to Fortune Minerals coal mine, 2013.

Tahltan camp opposed to Fortune Minerals coal mine, 2013.

RCMP officers have set up a camp between one occupied by Tahltan members and one established by a company which wants to develop an open-pit anthracite coal mine in the Klappan area north of here.

The Tahltan, who view the Klappan as a hunting and food-gathering area, have been threatening a blockade of Fortune Minerals which is gathering information that will lead to asking for provincial environmental clearance to open a mine they say could provide $10 billion in revenue over its lifetime. Read the rest of this entry

Tahltan First Nation tells Fortune Minerals to leave their traditional territory

Elders insist Klappan region be made a protected area
Allison Bench, CFTK-TV Terrace, Aug 15, 2013

Tahtlan rally in August, 2012, against Red Chris Mine, in northern 'BC'.

Tahtlan rally in August, 2012, against Red Chris Mine, in northern ‘BC’.

Members of Tahltan First Nations have taken a stand against a proposed coal mining project by Fortune Minerals on Mount Klappan.  They’ve told company representatives to leave their traditional lands.

Although the Tahltan aren’t expecting that to happen by the 24-hour-deadline they gave the company yesterday, they say they aren’t backing down. Read the rest of this entry

Tahltan Council Emphasizes Importance Of Protecting Sacred Headwaters From Mining Developments In Northern BC

Tahltan Central Council, Sept. 21, 2012

Klappan Valley.

During this week Fortune Minerals Limited, a mining company that is publically traded on the TSX, has been holding Open Houses concerning its Arctos Anthracite mine project. The proposed project is located in Tahltan Territory in an area known as the Klappan sacred headwaters, and is currently in the Province’s environmental assessment process. The Klappan area is located in and around the pristine confluence of the Skeena, Nass and Stikine Rivers. Read the rest of this entry