The struggle to protect Fish Lake - Teztan Biny in the Tsilhqot'in language (pronounced "Tahtahn Bee"), and Nabas - the surrounding watershed, lakes, wetlands and Tsilhqot'in homes and graves, has been a 25 year journey for the Tsilhqot'in people. Now an unprecedented 2nd independent expert review panel has again found unacceptable impacts to Tsilhqot'in culture, rights and the environment. This is the third time that Taseko Mines Ltd. has been told 'no' - the first in the mid 1990's when Canada had a stricter policy of protecting fish habitat.
This situation is a national precedent-setter as a test of whether the federal government listens to its own scientific experts, as well as respecting the constitutional rights of First Nations opposed to an unacceptably destructive mine. The federal Minister of Environment has until late February to make a decision about whether the federal government will once-and-for-all reject this destructive proposal.
It is also an example to the world of how communities can successfully organize and stand together with strength and conviction against a disrespectful mining corporation that tries to force its ill conceived plans over the self-determination of indigenous communities and environmental standards. Many indigenous and non-indigenous communities and organizations across the country and around the world have committed their support to the Tsilhqot'in to defend their homelands, graves, and sacred water.
These links will provide you with more info about the struggle to halt Taseko Mine's "New Prosperity" gold and copper project, as well as give you access to more information about the struggles of resistance to Canadian mining companies elsewhere.
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THANKYOU for caring and acting! SEE YOU ON DECEMBER 13th!!!
Comprehensive background and info on the Tsilhqot'in struggle to protect Teztan Biny and cancel the New Prosperity mine proposal.
Grassroots organizing from Vancouver, Coast Salish Territories