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Fighting for Fish Lake

A talk by Loretta Williams, Tsilhqot’in Nation

by Vancouver Media Co-op Original Peoples

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Fighting for Fish Lake

Loretta Williams, from the Tsilhqot’in Nation, speaks about their campaign to protect Teztan Biny (Fish Lake) from the proposed Prosperity Mine.

Taseko Mines Ltd. is proposing the use of Teztan Biny as a tailings impoundment area, a practice that since 2002 has been supported by controversial changes to the Fisheries Act under Schedule 2.

In 2006, two lakes in Newfoundland were approved for destruction and many other lakes in BC, and across the country, are threatened by this loop hole provided by the federal government for the mining industry.

The Tsilhqot’in Nation have filed a writ in B.C. Supreme Court claiming their Aboriginal right to fish. The claim, if successful, will prevent Taseko Mines Ltd. from developing its proposed Prosperity Project, 125 km southwest of Williams Lake.

This speech was made as part of the Green College Speakers Series at the University of British Columbia.

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re: Fighting for Fish Lake

Some members of the Tsilhquot'in First Nations will so anything even if it means using their guaranteed loans just to halt the proposed open pit gold and copper mine 125 km southwest of Williams lake, BC because it will destroy a pristine part of their traditional territory. Besides that the mine would use nearby Fish Lake and the surrounding valley to store tailings and waste rock, and a 125-kilometre transmission line would have to be installed to provide power. I just hope that they will be able to do this.

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