( Lheidli T’enneh Territory, Prince George, BC ) – The BCAFN is congratulating the Tsilhqot’in Nation in their fight against flawed environmental assessment processes , and the protection of their lands and waters . On December 5, 2017, the Federal Court of Appeal dismissed two judicial reviews brought by Taseko Mines Limited. These cases demonstrate to industry and the Crown that flawed environmental assessment processes must be changed to fully implement the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (“Declaration”).

“Congratulations to the Tsilhqot’in Nation for their ongoing fight against Taseko Mines interests in destroying Teztan Biny (Fish Lake). The BCAFN is in full support of Tsilhqot’in Nation”, stated Regional C hief Terry Teegee. He added, “This is part of the critical need for First Nations to co – draft the revisions to the federal and provincial Acts regarding environmental assessments. First Nations in BC are not opposed to development, but such developments must have the free, prior and informed consent of First Nations governments.”

As per the BCAFN Resolution 14/2016 (Subject: Support for the Tsil hqot’in Nation and Opposition to Further Provincial Approvals for the Rejected New Prosperity Mine ), which incl uded the following clauses:
1. The Chiefs in Assembly fully support the efforts of the Tsilhqot’in Nation to protect its lands of profound cultural and spiritual value to its people from the proposed New Prosperity Mine, and will stand behind the Tsilhqot’ in Nation in defence of these lands regardless of any amendment process or decision by the EAO, the Ministry of Energy & Mines, or British Columbia;
2. The Chiefs in Assembly condemn the EAO’s decision to consider an amendment that would approve New Prosperity, in the face of the Federal Government’s firm rejection of this proposal, and under the cloud of political pressure and threats of litigation from TML against the Province;

For further information contact:

Regional Chief Terry Teegee , BC Assembly of First Nations .
Phone (250) 299 – 2030

For More Information:
JR #1 (T – 1977 – 13): Taseko Mines Limited v Minister of the Environment and others , 2017 FC 1099 (Federal Court Decision regarding TML Challenge to Panel Report)
JR #2 (T – 744 – 14): Taseko Mines Limited v Minister of the Environment and others , 2017 FC 1100 (Federal Court Decision regarding TML Challenge to Federal Rejection and Constitutionality of CEAA 2012)

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