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Take a stand for Indigenous Rights: Vancouver and Victoria Tsilhqot’in Events

The Tsilhqot’in Nation is back in court and needs your help to fend off the latest Taseko legal tactic.

Please join the Tsilhqot’in National Government, RAVEN, the Wilderness Committee, Amnesty International, the Council of Canadians, Friends of Nemaiah Valley and Sierra Club BC at these fundraising events to support the Tsilhqot’in legal defence against Taseko Mines.

 

VANCOUVER:

Tuesday, Jan 31 @ 7 – 9pm

WISE Hall, 1882 Adanac Street

Speakers include Grand Chief Stewart Phillip, Xeni Gwet’in Chief Roger William, and Yunesit’in Chief Russell Myers Ross, with M.C. Susan Smitten, Executive Director of  RAVEN.

Coffee, tea and refreshments will be served.

Everyone welcome.

Donations will be gratefully received throughout the evening, and can be made online here.

 

VICTORIA:

Wednesday Feb 1 @ 7 – 9pm

The lounge at St. John the Divine church 1611 Quadra St., Victoria

Speakers include Tsilhqot’in councillor Loretta Williams; Filmmaker Jeremy Williams; and Friends of Nemaiah Valley (FONV) founder David Williams.

Coffee, tea and refreshments will be served.

Everyone welcome.

Donations will be gratefully received throughout the evening, and can be made online here. 

 

All funds raised will support the legal costs associated with the judicial reviews. 

After winning a landmark title case in the Supreme Court of Canada, the Tsilhqot’in now find themselves back in court to protect Fish Lake (Teztan Biny), a sacred site of high cultural importance. This is wrong. Whatever it takes, however long it takes, Taseko must be shown that they cannot ride roughshod over First Nations’ rights, or attempt to exhaust their resources through endless court battles.

 

Starting January 30th Taseko Mines is in the Federal Court of Appeal, for the hearings of its two judicial reviews. Talk about a bad loser. This is the company’s last-ditch attempt to salvage the “New Prosperity” mine project. Both judicial reviews will be heard in Vancouver from January 30th – February 3rd.

 

RAVEN is proud to stand with the Tsilhqot’in once again as the Tsilhqot’in National Government, working alongside the communities of Xeni Gwet’in and Yunesit’in, appear in court as respondents.

 

More on the legal background:

 

Taseko filed two judicial reviews of the rejection of “New Prosperity” mine. The first seeks to set aside critical findings in the scathing report of the independent federal review panel. The second review, a constitutional challenge, claims that Crown consultation with the Tsilhqot’in about the Project was “unfair” to Taseko and includes a constitutional argument  that the federal government overstepped its authority in rejecting the project. While the reviews are aimed at the federal government, the Tsilhqot’in will be part of the case as respondents.

 

The Tsilhqot’in National Government once again are bound to pay legal fees to respond to Taseko’s two judicial reviews. RAVEN is raising $50,000 to help with these costs. Your donation will be very much appreciated by the Tsilhqot’in people, and will help to defend Indigenous rights, Tsilhqot’in territory and all of our future generations.

 

Thank you and we look forward to seeing you soon!

 

The RAVEN team

in partnership with Wilderness Committee, Amnesty International, the Council of Canadians, Friends of Nemaiah Valley, and Sierra Club BC.

 

ps: Check out our Facebook event pages for updates:

Victoria: https://www.facebook.com/events/1724072534588704/

Vancouver: https://www.facebook.com/events/235435026884433/

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