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Coal exploration permits on hold in Klappan while B.C. government, First Nation talk (The Globe and Mail)

The B.C. government has placed a temporary hold on coal exploration permits in the Klappan, a northern area where the local First Nation has protested, blockaded and is going to court to protect.

The order relates to existing coal tenures in the Mount Klappan area, lands the Tahltan First Nation calls the Sacred Headwaters, where the Skeena, Stikine and Nass rivers meet.

The First Nation and the provincial government have been working on a shared vision for development of land and resources in the area for a year, and last December the government deferred any decisions on new coal licences.

(To read complete source article, click "The Globe and Mail")

First Nations armed with Supreme Court ruling put mines in their sights (Business Vancouver)

Within hours of a June 26 Supreme Court of Canada decision confirming aboriginal title of the Tsilhqot’in First Nation, the Tahltan First Nation announced it too planned to launch an aboriginal rights and title claim.

And in both cases, the main drivers behind the push for recognition of their rights to land in their territories are mines that neither First Nation want.

(To read complete source article, click "Business Vancouver")

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.

(To read the complete source article, click "Huffington Post")

Tahltan bar miners from reserve lands (Terrace Standard)

A mining company has been banned from entering Tahltan Nation communities in northern B.C. without first asking for permission from leaders.

The company, Fortune Minerals, said it agrees with the proposition and will be asking permission to enter reserve lands in the future, though the area where they are proposing their coal mine is located in Tahltan traditional territory and not on reserve land.

(To read complete source article, click "Terrace Standard")

Submission to the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (Tahltan Central Council)

My name is Annita McPhee. I am a member of the Tahltan Nation, and President of the Tahltan Central Council, which is a governing body of the Tahltan People. I am pleased to make this presentation to Professor James Anaya, UN Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, on behalf of the Tahltan People. 

(To read complete submission, click "Tahltan Central Council")

Coal company leaves northwestern BC (Terrace Standard)

REACTING to what it calls “disruptive and damaging protests,” Fortune Minerals Ltd., the company that wants to build a coal mine in the Klappan Valley against the wishes of local Tahltan First Nation, says it is leaving the area.

(To read complete source article, click "Terrace Standard") 

Coal mining protest in B.C. set to erupt (The Globe and Mail)

An increasingly tense standoff between a B.C. First Nation and a London, Ont.-based coal company in a remote mountain valley known as Sacred Headwaters is set to erupt as protesters flaunt their month-long presence on a drilling site and taunt the RCMP to arrest them.

(To read complete source article, click "The Globe and Mail")

David Suzuki: Tahltan’s Sacred Headwaters defence has deep roots (The Georgia Straight)

FEW PLACES ON our planet have been unaffected by humans. Satellite images taken from hundreds of kilometres above Earth reveal a world irrevocably changed by our land use over just the past few decades.

From Arctic tundra to primeval rainforest to arid desert, our natural world is being fragmented by ever-expanding towns and cities, roads, transmission lines, and pipelines, and pockmarked by mines, pump jacks, flare stacks and other infrastructure used to drill, frack and strip-mine fossil fuels.

(To read complete source article, click "The Georgia Straight")

The implications of “Duty to Consult” on Aboriginal resource development (Troy Media)

Written by Lee White, Senior Advisor with Good Medicine Group Consulting

....The Tahltan Central Council, which represents several bands with roughly 5,000 members, has unanimously passed a resolution to protect the Sacred Headwaters from any development – forever. The same area was subject to coal-bed methane exploration and drilling by Shell Oil which ended favourably for the Tahltan and their Sacred Headwaters.

"The Tahltan have been very progressive in engaging with mining companies within their traditional territory, and have been very clear on how this relationship needs to take place. Consultation must begin before exploration," said Marc Storms, Founder of GMG Consulting, who began working in Tahltan territory in 1993. "There are mines in the Tahltan territory, but some things are off the table. The Sacred Headwaters and Mt. Klappan have always been off the table. This area is held as sacred to the Tahltan people. Imagine trying to mine Mt. Sinai?"

(To read the complete source article, click "Troy Media")

Opponents of open-pit coal mine take a stand in Vancouver - Arctos (The Province)

Written by Cassidy Olivier, The Province

Holding homemade signs carrying simple messages, a small group of First Nations and environmental advocates gathered Wednesday in front of the Vancouver Art Gallery in solidarity of the Tahltan Nation’s escalating conflict with Fortune Minerals Ltd.

Tension between the groups remains high despite a weekend meeting with representatives from both camps where it was concluded that Fortune would alter but ultimately continue exploratory work for its proposed Arctos Anthracite coal project in the Klappan area, also known as the Sacred Headwaters.

(To read the complete source article, click "The Province")

Sacred Headwaters mine stand-off: Meeting CEO fails to ease tensions (The Common Sense Canadian)

Written by Damien Gillis

An emergency Saturday evening meeting between Fortune Minerals CEO Robin Goad and the Tahltan Nation elders who recently issued his company an eviction notice from their territory failed to resolve tensions over a proposed mine, according to local environmental group, Skeena Watershed Conservation Coalition.

The meeting, also attended Anita McPhee, president of the Tahltan Central Council - the political body which represents several bands and 5,000 members throughout the region - and Marie Quock, chief of the nearby Iskut Band Council, took place at Beauty Camp, a historic hunting and fishing outpost amid the Klappan, or "Sacred Headwaters", approximately 330 km northeast of Prince Rupert.

(To read the complete source article, click "The Common Sense Canadian")

B.C. First Nation renews battle to prevent open pit mining (The Globe and Mail)

KIM NURSALL
VANCOUVER — The Canadian Press

Dozens of First Nations protesters are blockading a proposed open-pit coal mine in a remote area of northwest B.C.

The Tahltan Central Council said approximately 30 band members are demonstrating at the campsite of Fortune Minerals’ Arctos Anthracite Project, located 330 kilometres northeast Prince Rupert.

(To read the complete source article, click "The Globe and Mail")

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