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So the BC Government illegally (but we can't be sure until it gets to the Supreme Court) granted Taseko Mines a permit to develop a mine on Tsilhqot’in territory. Today, there were protests on Highway 97 attended by Tsilhqot'in chiefs and people from local First Nations:

Members from First Nations communities and their supporters, displayed messages such as “Our lakes and our rives are our life, Our elders won’t gather at a mine site, Our pristine lakes are the heritage for our children and grandchildren, You know you hit rock bottom when you’re a miner,” and “Water is more precious than gold.”

The plan involves destroying one lake and building a new one to replace it:

As part of its Fish Compensation Plan, Taseko Mines Ltd. would build a new lake and fill it with fish to replace Fish Lake that would be compromised for the mine.

Check out the Williams Lake Tribune for more on the protest.

For background on the proposed mine, check out the Dominion's BC's New Gold Rush: Investment is risky in unceded land.



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