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Miners’ injunction denied

 

Tahltan drill protest flag

TAHLTAN ELDERS Nancy McGhee and August Brown with Tahltan Central Government president Chad Norman Day, elder Alice Hamlin, Tahltan Central Government vice-president Heather Hawkins and elder Kitty Brown at drilling site last July. Photo from Terrace Standard.

by  Josh Massey, Terrace Standard, Feb 25, 2016

A court injunction sought against Tahltan Central Government president Chad Day and Tahltan First Nation elders for allegedly blocking a mining outfit from drilling in a culturally sensitive area near Telegraph Creek has been dismissed.

The B.C. Supreme Court injunction was sought by a mining exploration company called Doubleview after Day, another Tahltan representative and several Tahltan elders descended by helicopter onto the camp located 50 kilometres east of Telegraph Creek on July 7, 2015 asking the company to stop drilling. Read the rest of this entry

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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Red Chris mine opening delayed

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.

by  Josh Massey, Terrace Standard, Dec 17, 2014

The opening of the Imperial Metals Red Chris copper and gold mine has been delayed until the new year as the company continues to seek a final provincial environmental permit and negotiates with the Tahltan Central Council over recommendations contained in a review of the facility’s tailings pond.

Speaking in Terrace Dec. 12, Tahltan Central Council president Chad Day said the next few months will be critical for agreements with Imperial which had originally anticipated starting up its $643 million mine on Tahltan traditional territory by the end of this year.

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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

Tahltan shut down northern B.C. drilling site

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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

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