Province and Northwestern BC First Nation sign historic gold and silver mine agreement – Victoria News
The Tahltan Nation and British Columbia announced a historic decision-making agreement to move forward with the construction of an open pit gold and silver mine 85 kilometers northwest of Stewart by Skeena Resources.
The consent-based agreement marks the first application of Section 7 of British Columbia’s Declaration Act, which establishes the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP) as British Columbia’s reconciliation framework. British.
British Columbia is the first province in Canada to move forward with UNDRIP and the agreement means the company must work with the Tahltan Nation to obtain permission before moving forward.
British Columbia Premier John Horgan, Tahltan Central Government Chairman Chad Norman Day and Minister of Indigenous Relations and Reconciliation Murray Rankin announced the agreement at the Grand Pacific Hotel in Victoria this morning (June 6).
“Today marks an exciting milestone in the evolving relationship between the Tahltan Nation and the Province of British Columbia,” said Day. “Reconciliation does not happen in one step. It requires continuous innovation, collaboration and a tendency towards discomfort.
Rankin said the announcement marks a new way of doing business with First Nations.
“This is a concrete example of the province’s commitment to changing our relationship with Indigenous peoples,” he said. “Together, the central government of Tahltan and the province are leading the way towards a new model for advancing free, prior and informed consent.”
Skeena Resources Vice President Justin Himmelright and BC Minister of Land, Water and Resource Stewardship Josie Osborne were also in attendance.
As proposed, the Eskay Creek Revitalization Project will produce up to three million tonnes of ore per year to a maximum of approximately 7,800 tonnes per day over a 13 to 16 year period.
The project is located on the same site as the Eskay Creek underground mine, which has not been operational since 2008, and will use some of its existing facilities and infrastructure.
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