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Losing Ground?

The Struggle for Teztan Biny/Fish Lake

by Tamara HermanSusi Porter-Bopp Original Peoples

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One of the most controversial mines in Canadian history is under review in British Columbia. Losing Ground? The Struggle for Teztan Biny/Fish Lake is an 18 minute radio documentary recorded by two Victoria-based independent journalists in April 2010 in Williams Lake and in the remote Tsilhqot'in community of Nemiah Valley during the federal environmental assessment hearings for Taseko Mines' proposed "Prosperity Mine".

The piece offers listeners an intimate look at a community that is deeply troubled by what is becoming a familiar debate in rural resource-based economies in Canada: Who gets to determine whether a mining “boom” is worth a potential “bust”? This question is couched in the much bigger issue of First Nations rights and title.

The piece features exclusive interviews with several First Nation chiefs and community members, as well as legal and scientific experts retained by the Tsilhqot’in National Government.

Credits: Produced by: Tamara Herman and Susi Porter-Bopp
Narrated by: Susi Porter-Bopp

Interviewees include:
Dr. Amy Crook, Fisheries biologist, Centre for Science in Public Participation
Sean Nixon, lawyer, Woodward & Company
Chief Marilyn Baptiste, Xeni Gwet'in First Nation (member nation of
the Tsilhqot’in National Government)
Chief Joe Alphonse, Tl’etinqox-t’in First Nation (member nation of the
Tsilhqot’in National Government)
Chief Ivor Meyers, Stone First Nation, (member nation of the
Tsilhqot’in National Government)
Margaret Lulua, Community Natural Resource Worker, Tsilhqot’in
National Government
Children of Nemiah Valley Public School
Brian Battison, Vice president of Corporate Affairs, Taseko Mines Limited

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