Blog Archives

Blockade could shut mine: Imperial Metals

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.

Imperial Metals is applying in court to have Mounties come and remove First Nations blockaders who have closed off access roads to its Red Chris gold and copper project in northwest B.C.

In an Oct. 3 filing, Imperial subsidiary Red Chris Development Company Ltd. said the blockaders — from the Klabona Keepers and the Secwepemc — “will not allow anyone or any supplies through” to reach the project site.

“An enforcement order is required as the Royal Canadian Mounted Police have taken the position that they will not enforce a court order for an injunction without an enforcement order,” Imperial said.

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.
Read the rest of this entry

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

Tahltans Set Up Roadblock To Oppose Red Chris Mine

By Ahni, Intercontinental Cry, Aug 30, 2012

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

Totogga Lake, BC – Concerned members of the Tahltan Nation have set up a road block on Highway #37, 80 km south of Dease Lake, BC at the Tatogga Lake Resort. The Red Chris Mine is within the territory of the Tahltan Nation who have occupied territory since time immemorial. The specific area where the Red Chris Mine is being constructed is home to many species of animals including Stone Sheep, Mountain Goat, Moose and Caribou. The Tahltans depend upon these animals for subsistence and believe that the mine will destroy the animal’s habitat and calving grounds that is sacred to the Tahltans. Read the rest of this entry