A future for Prosperity mine and B.C.

The recent opinion column written by Marilyn Baptiste, chief of the Xeni Gwet’in First Nation, ( Squeezed out of mining review, July 19) does not reflect the facts.

First, there were no negotiations involving Taseko over how to conduct an environmental assessment of our Prosperity gold-copper project. Any negotiation that took place over process was a matter between the two governments and the local first nations.

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Taseko Gold-Copper mine may harm fishes | 26 July 2010 | www.commodityonline.com

Taseko Mines Ltd’s proposed Prosperity Gold-Copper Mine Project would result in adverse environmental effects although the project need not be scrapped, according to a Federal Review Panel report on the mine.

The panel concluded that the Project would result in significant adverse environmental effects in four key areas: (i) fish and fish habitat; (ii) navigation; (iii) current and traditional uses of land and resources by First Nations; and (iv) existing and potential Aboriginal rights and title. However, the Review Panel made no explicit recommendations to the federal cabinet to approve or reject the Project.

via Taseko Gold-Copper mine may harm fishes | 26 July 2010 | www.commodityonline.com.

Tattered act reflects racism of the colonial era

Once again we hear the cry to get rid of the Indian Act. Shawn Atleo, the national chief of the Assembly of First Nations, says the act must be repealed within two to five years.

He made the statement in his opening speech to the AFN’s annual assembly being held in Winnipeg.

I’ve heard this challenge being made since the 1960s, with Jean Chretien’s infamous white paper on Indian Policy dropped on us in 1969.

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Feds must consult First Nations about Site 41: May

Feds must consult First Nations about Site 41: May

Posted By Douglas Glynn, Midland Free Press

Posted 10 hours ago

ELMVALE – The federal government has a constitutional duty to consult the First Nations people about Simcoe County’s landfill Site 41, federal Green Party leader Elizabeth May said Saturday.

May told a crowd of more than 100 people gathered in a farm field opposite the dump site that the federal government has a fiduciary responsibility to recognize aboriginal claims, a fact she says is underscored in a number of recent Supreme Court decisions.

In an interview, she said, “Ottawa has an obligation to ensure they are consulted because this is traditional land claim territory.”

Christian Island resident Vicki Monague, who organized the permanent campsite last weekend to protest against the dump, said there are land claim talks going on between the First Nations and Ottawa.

She was unable to elaborate.

May told those at the campsite, and people from the community who came to support them, that they should think “positive things about Ontario Environment Minister John Gerretsen.

“He has done some courageous things as environment minister. He’s dealt with pesticide use and brought in the Green Energy Act,” said May. “There are still some problems because they still want to build nuclear plants, but let’s try to hold him in our positive thoughts and urge him not to allow the good things he’s done be overshadowed by his failing to act to protect your right to clean water; to protect First Nations territory and to say no to Site 41.”

Simcoe North MPP Garfield Dunlop, who was also at the campsite, said he thinks peaceful demonstrations such as the one at the campsite are going to draw the government’s attention to the issue.

“The one thing you don’t want to happen is anything negative. You want to be positive showing that people from all walks of life — particularly our aboriginal brothers and sisters – are here and to show their opposition to Site 41,” said Dunlop. “People like Maude Barlow, Elizabeth May, Danny Beaton and Dale Goldhawk, the folks from the agricultural community and local residents can’t all be wrong.

“I think in the end the people at the county and the people at the province have to say, ‘you know, maybe a mistake has been made here. Maybe there should be a review’,” he said. “Until they actually start dumping garbage in that site I think there’s still a possibility of stopping it. We’ve got to do it a peaceful, honourable, respectful way, and I think that’s what will eventuality turn it around.

“I’ve given up on the county. I just don’t think they’ll change. Their mind is set,” said Dunlop. “It has to happen from Gerretsen’s office. He could bring in legislation on May 25 and kill this, or he could order a moratorium.

“In the end,” Dunlop added, “they have to look at this and acknowledge a mistake has been made.”

(AM 740 radio show host Dale Goldhawk told the crowd that Gerretsen has agreed to an interview on air next Thursday.)

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