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Open Letter: Support for Tsilhqot’in Nation & Call for Federal Rejection of Proposed Prosperity Mine
October 18, 2010

Hon. Gail Shea
Minister of Fisheries and Oceans
House of Commons
Ottawa, Ontario KIA 0A6
Fax: (613) 992-1974

Hon. Jim Prentice
Minister of Environment
House of Commons
Ottawa, Ontario KIA 0A6
Fax: (613) 947-9475

Hon. Christian Paradis
Minister of Natural Resources
House of Commons
Ottawa, Ontario KIA 0A6
Fax: (613) 943-1562

Hon. John Duncan
Minister of Indian Affairs
House of Commons
Ottawa, Ontario KIA 0A6
Fax: (613) 996-3306

Premier Gordon Campbell
Government of British Columbia
PO Box 9041 STN PROV GOVT
Victoria, BC V8W 9E1
Fax: (250) 387-0087

VIA FACSIMILE AND POST

RE: Open Letter regarding UBCIC’s Support for Tsilhqot’in Nation and Call for the Federal Rejection of the Proposed Prosperity Mine

Dear Honourable Ministers and Premier Campbell

We are writing to you with respect to UBCIC Resolution no. 2010-32, Support for Tsilhqot’in Nation and Call for Federal Rejection of the Proposed Prosperity Mine that was carried at the Union of BC Indian Chiefs Annual General Assembly on September 16, 2010 (enclosed).

We are writing again, to strongly emphasize UBCIC’s position of support for the Tsilhqot’in Nation’s rejection of Taseko Mine Ltd’s proposed Prosperity Mine. We fully support the efforts of the Tsilhqot’in to protect their lands which hold profound cultural and spiritual value and will stand behind them in full defense of these lands. We call on you and your governments to heed the cautions of the independent panel and we urge you to demonstrate your commitment to environmental protection and the cultural survival of First Nations and to reject the proposed Prosperity Mine. Again, we would like to reiterate that the federal government must reject the proposed Prosperity Mine and review DFO’s “no net loss policy” which allows lakes to be reclassified as tailings ponds to support mining development. The independent panel concluded that this project would result in “significant adverse environmental effects” on fish habitat, grizzly bears, navigation and First Nations traditional land use, cultural heritage and on Aboriginal Title and Rights.

Further to UBCIC’s most recent resolution regarding this issue, we are advising you of the close surveillance that First Nations across Canada are paying to this particular issue. We caution the federal government that if approval is made for the proposed Prosperity Mine, despite clear warnings from the independent panel, this would demonstrate complete disregard for the survival of First Nations as distinctive cultures within Canada.

Please contact us for any further information. You can reach the UBCIC office at 604-684-0231.


On behalf of the UNION OF BC INDIAN CHIEFS

[Original signed]

Grand Chief Stewart Phillip
President

Chief William Charlie
Vice-President

Chief Bob Chamberlin
Secretary-Treasurer

cc:
Honourable George Abbott, Minister of Aboriginal Relations and Reconciliation
The First Nations Summit
The BC Assembly of First Nations
Tsilhqot’in National Government

PDF COPY: http://www.ubcic.bc.ca/files/PDF/UBCICOpenltr_SupportTsilhqotin_Resolution201032_Oct2010.pdf

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