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Tahltan protection camp threatened by police eviction

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RCMP serve enforcement orders to Klabona Keepers Wildlife Management Camp, Oct 5, 2016. Photo: Klabona Keepers.

by Klabona Keepers, October 5, 2016

“During the residential schools, they took the children away from the land. Now, they take the land away from the children”

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On Wednesday Oct 5th, 2016, the RCMP arrived at the Wildlife Management Camp at Ealue Lake Road and served us a court order. The WM camp is set up to restrict residential hunting of moose, caribou and bears because of the low numbers.

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Klabona Keepers served permanent injunction

The Klabona Keepers and their supporters gather outside the Terrace courts Nov. 26, 2014, photo by Josh Massey.

The Klabona Keepers and their supporters gather outside the Terrace courts Nov. 26, 2014, photo by Josh Massey.

By JOSH MASSEY, Terrace Standard, November 26, 2014

Red Chris mine owner Imperial Metals has been granted a permanent injunction preventing a Tahltan group known as the Klabona Keepers from blocking access to the property north on Hwy37 North near Iskut.

The injunction, granted by Mr. Justice Robert Punnett of the B.C. Supreme Court this afternoon following a two-day hearing, prevents the activist group from impeding access to the mine at any point during its projected 28-year operation life. Read the rest of this entry

Tahltan end blockade of Red Chris Mine

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.

Northwest B.C. mine blockade ends for now

Terrace Standard, Oct 15, 2014

A group of Tahltan and others who had been blocking access to the nearly-completed Red Chris copper mine owned by Imperial Metals have, for now, stopped their action.

The decision earlier this week followed the granting to Imperial Metals of an interim junction to stop the blockade and, as of Oct. 14, an enforcement order which could have resulted in the arrest of people at the blockade. Read the rest of this entry

Imperial Metals seeks court injunction to arrest Klabona Keeper Elders

Tahltan blockade fire 2UNCEDED TAHLTAN TERRITORY, BC – October 3, 2014

On October 3, 2014 Imperial Metals, the company responsible for the Mt. Polly disaster, has requested an injunction notice to remove the Klabona Keepers elders and supporters from blockading the road to the Red Chris mine in Tahltan territory. Once the court injunction is served the elders and supporters will have 24 hours to leave the area or they will face arrest.

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Tahtlan blockade Imperial Metals’ Red Chris Mine

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.

from Yuct Ne Senxiymetkwe Camp, Sept 29, 2014

On Day 56 of the disaster we are burning. The sacred fire lit by the Secwepemc women on August 18th 2014 at the Imperial Metals Mount Polley Mine site has spread, is spreading.

We spend the morning at the Klabona Keepers hunting blockade finalizing plans and then acting them out. It’s time. After our presentation and meeting on Imperial Metals Mount Polley mine, the Klabona Keepers, the Tahltan elders come to a consensus decision. Now is the time to mobilize. Read the rest of this entry

Tahltan blockade trophy hunters

Tahltan hunting blockadeSacred Headwaters Blockade To Stop Trophy Hunters

[For Immediate Release]

BRITISH COLUMBIA, Unceded Tahltan Territory – September 18, 2014

The Wildlife Defence League (WDL) has been invited by the Klabona Keepers to blockade the only road providing access to the Sacred Headwaters. This area is home to numerous species of wildlife, including moose, grizzly bear, black bear, and stone sheep. In recent years these animals have been exploited by resident hunters, mainly for trophy. Moose populations have been most effected, due to no bag-limits that have precipitated a massive decline in the species. Consequently, the Klabona Keepers and the WDL are firm in their conviction that protecting wildlife and safeguarding habitat in the Sacred Headwaters from exploitation is a pressing priority. The Klabona Keepers with the support of the Wildlife Defence League, intend to blockade the entrance to the Sacred Headwaters from non-Indigenous and resident trophy hunters. Tahltan hunters will not be blockaded, as the Wildlife Defence League supports their right to live off the land as they have done for thousands of years.
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Tahltan shut down northern B.C. drilling site

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Tahltan Blackhawk Drill Takeover

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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.

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Tahltan call for blockade of Imperial Metals mine in wake of Mt. Polley disaster

Tahltan Klabona Keepers during blockade of Fortune Minerals mine, 2013.

Tahltan Klabona Keepers during blockade of Fortune Minerals mine, 2013.

Water-use ban remains in effect until further testing, official says

LIKELY — A group of Tahltan First Nation elders is adding to the opposition of mining projects in British Columbia following the Mount Polley tailings-dam failure calling for a blockade today of the Red Chris mine project near Iskut in the far northwest.

Red Chris, a $500-million copper gold mine under construction, and the Mount Polley mine north are both owned by Imperial Metals Corp. and the elders, under the name the Klabona Keepers, issued an advisory calling for the action “in response to the (Mount Polley Mine) disaster and our serious concerns over (Red Chris Mine).

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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