Conflict Will Be The Norm If Mining Company Ignores Our Concerns (Huffington Post)
By: Annita McPhee, President, Tahltan Central Council
In a pristine corner of northwestern B.C. called the Klappan, a drama is unfolding that might seriously compromise the relationship between First Nations and the booming natural resource sector in B.C.
The 4,000 square-kilometre region southeast of Iskut is called the Sacred Headwaters by Tahltan people because it is the source of three wild salmon rivers -- the Skeena, Nass and Stikine -- and because it has been full of life for thousands of years. Tahltan people consider the Klappan to be Earth's birthplace and it's a well-travelled, traditional hunting ground that carries significant cultural, spiritual and social values for the Tahltan Nation.
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