Wild Border Watersheds


A database of information resources on the transboundary region’s ecology, cultures and industrial proposals. Use the search tools below to find the resources you are looking for.

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Development and Conservation Resources

Uncertainty Upstream

A June 2015 report from the BC First Nation Energy and Mining Council on potential threats from tailings facility failures in northern British Columbia. 

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Ten Steps Ahead

Ten Steps Ahead: Community Health and Safety in the Nak'al Bun/Stuart Lake Region During the Construction Phase of the Mount Milligan Mine is a report associated with a large research project on Aboriginal and northern community health and the extractive sector in British Columbia, Canada. This project originated in a partnership between the University of Victoria and the University of British Columbia with the Nak’azdli and Tl’azt’en First Nations and the municipality of Fort St. James in relation to potential community health risks and impacts associated with the construction and operation of one of BC’s newest mines, the Mount Milligan mine. The report concludes by providing strategies for consideration in future industry development and planning.

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Out of Respect: the Tahltan, Mining and Seven Questions to Sustainability

The Tahltan Mining Symposium brought together 28 Tahltan, nine representatives from industry and government and a facilitator from the International Institute for Sustainable Development to undertake a review of the relationship between the Tahltan people and territory, and mining/mineral activities—past, present and future. 

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Action Plan: BC First Nations Mineral Exploration and Mining

First Nations from across British Columbia gathered in Prince George on October 7-9, 2008 to assess available information – including social and cultural impacts, implications for title and rights, and economic opportunities – and strategize about processes, actions and priorities related to mining, while still being flexible and recognizing regional differences. This British Columbia First Nations Energy and Mining Council Action Plan will be an important basis for ongoing collaboration and engagement with key mining sector partners, including the Crown.

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First Nations Environmental Assessment Toolkit

Many First Nation or Aboriginal individuals and organizations have worked to advance mechanisms for the recognition and protection of Aboriginal rights and title in Canada generally, and First Nation participation in environmental assessment specifically. The First Nations Environmental Assessment Toolkit builds on this foundation in hopes that relations among BC First Nations, provincial and federal governments, and project proponents will continue to improve and lead to better EA decisions.

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Centre for First Nations Governance: Best Practices – Champagne and Aishihik First Nations & Tatshenshini-Alsek Park

Tatshenshini-Alsek Park is in the traditional territory of the Champagne and Aishihik First Nations (CAFN). The CAFN play an important role in park management, and maintain a commitment to ensuring ongoing respect for the spirit of the land.

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Bearing the Burden: The Effects of Mining on First Nations in British Columbia

A Harvard Law School International Human Rights Clinic (IHRC) report on mining on the traditional territories of First Nations in British Columbia. The report concludes that structural, procedural, and substantive legal reforms are needed to establish firmly the heightened protections to which First Nations are legally entitled and to balance more effectively the burdens and benefits of mining.

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First Nations: Land Rights and Environmentalism in British Columbia

This site examines First Nations land rights and environmentalism in B.C., including the transboundary region, where today the mining industry is endangering not only the biodiversity and ecological integrity of the Stikine watershed but also the age old identity and responsibility of the Tahltan as "Keepers of the Land."

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