The Provincial Government permits mines in British Columbia to discharge mine wastewater directly into lakes and rivers despite Indigenous and local opposition, concerns about water quality and impacts to fish & wildlife. In response to the mismanagement of mine wastewater and the implications for communities and the environment, First Nations are upholding their jurisdiction, rights and title with respect to water, and their laws that demand better protection for the watersheds we share.
In this webinar, leaders and technical leads from the Tŝilhqot’in Nation will give an overview of their current legal challenge against the Gibraltar Mines’ discharge of tailings effluent directly into the Fraser River, explain how these efforts include seeking respect for their water laws such as through the ʔElhdaqox Dechen Ts’edilhtan (“Sturgeon River Law”), and share concerns about the direct and cumulative social and environmental impacts.
Exemplifying proactive approaches to mine pollution management, a representative from the Nadleh Whut’en First Nation will speak about how their Yinka Dene Surface Water Law was successfully and respectfully implemented at the Endako Mine, improving mine pollution management and delivering stronger water protections.
After the presentations, there will be a Q&A session with speakers, including ʔEsdilagh First Nation Councillor Chad Stump, Nadleh Whut'en Chief Larry Nooski, and more.