Campbells Rubber Stamp Decision On Fish Lake Denounced By Whites And Natives Alike

Tsilhqot'in National Government denounces "rubber stamp" of approval from BCEAO for Taseko Mines project

Monday Jan 18, 2010
January 18, 2010, Williams Lake -- The Tsilhqot'in National Government denouced the BC Environmental Assessment Office (BCEAO) decision to grant an evnironmental assessment certificate (EA) to Taseko Mines Ltd. for a proposed massive mine at Teztan Biny (Fish Lake), an area where the Tsilhqot'in Nation holds proven Aboriginal hunting and trapping rights.

"We are disappointed but not surprised," said Chief Marilyn Baptiste, Xeni Gwet'in First Nation. "It has been clear from the outset that this is a rubber stamp exercise."  The Chief explained that the BCEAO has rushed to a decision based on the same record that an independent federal panel has deemed fundamentally deficient on key issues.

 One issue on which the proposed mine has been found deficient is current use of the area by First Nations for traditional purposes. The federal Panel has held that Taseko’s treatment of this issue is deficient and has extended First Nations the opportunity to provide this critical information directly at the public hearings to be held by the Panel.

“The BCEAO originally said it would attend these hearings and use the information generated there,” Chief Baptiste pointed out. “Then, over our objections, it rushes to this decision before the hearings can be held. This show how much BCEAO values First Nations concerns.”

“I find it ironic that the province claims it has done ‘due diligence’ in terms of consulting with First Nations,” stated Chief Ivor Myers, Yunesit’in (Stone) First Nation. “The Province rejected all of our efforts to meet with them to set up a consultation process that would work for our people and our communities. Despite government and company efforts to put a positive spin on this, we do not agree with the proposal. Investors should be aware that this project is not a done deal.”

Please click here for the full release, including comments by Chief Fred Sam of the Nak'azdli Nation.


Unknown said...

Good article, I agree that Campbell's government has never really been listening to what Tsilhqot'in bands and other opponents have been saying. They certainly have not been concerned with aboriginal title...

keep it up! I have a blog following and helping to publicize this issue at this address:


Grant G said...

Thanks Gary....Just got my power back,downed trees and power lines.Nothing like a coastal Cyclone....

Thanks for running woth this story...It appears the "The Tame One" The Tyee has taken a corporate stance,their not getting dirty ant more.

I`m going to add this link to your post to my last 2 stories,hope you don`t mind.

Your Friend Grant G

Gary E said...

Thanks Bill. and folks please check out his sight. There is information there that we have missed.

Grant please do add anything you need.This has to be stopped. I have already contacted a couple of natives and will be posting whatever I can get.
Send a message as a NOT FOR PUBLICATION I need your email address if you wouldn't mind.