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Things you can do

ACTIONS YOU CAN TAKE TO HELP PROTECT FISH LAKE!

Last year, the federal environmental review panel found that the Prosperity Mine Project will have "significant adverse effects" on the environment, and "high magnitude, long term irreversible" impacts on Tsilhqot'in people and culture. The federal government agreed and rejected the mine.  But Taseko Mines Ltd. has presented a second option - one that was rejected as environmentally worse in the original assessment - and the federal government has agreed to give this plan another expensive and divisive environmental assessment.  You can write to the federal government to let them know that this is not something Canadians endorse.


Send your letters to:
Minister Peter Kent (Minister of the Environment)
Prime Minister Stephen Harper (Prime Minister of Canada)
Minister Joe Oliver (Minister of Natural Resources)
Ms. Elaine Feldman (President of the Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency)
Minister Keith Ashfield (Minister of Fisheries and Oceans)


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SAMPLE LETTER drafted by Sierra Club BC (please personalize and add your address):

Dear       :

When the CEAA rejected Taseko’s proposal for a gold-copper mine near Fish Lake last November, I was impressed by the agency’s comprehensive evaluation of ecological impacts to the whole surrounding ecosystem, including fish stocks and grizzly bears in the South Chilcotin. It was encouraging to see the respect for the rights and needs of the Tsilhqot’in people, for whom Fish Lake is a sacred site, reflected in your principled and well-argued decision.

Now Taseko has submitted a second proposal which the company’s own representatives admit would cause even greater long-term damage. Fish Lake would be surrounded by the proposed open-pit mine and unusable for the life of the mine (up to 33 years); eventually, the water quality in Fish Lake would become “equivalent” to the water quality in the tailings facility, according to Taseko’s own engineering expert. Little Fish Lake, which is crucial to the ecosystem that supports the unique trout population, would still be destroyed and used as a toxic tailings pond.

Such an obviously flawed proposal will be a waste of public resources, which would be better directed toward projects that benefit the region’s economy in ways that protect the environment and respect the Tsilhqot’in sacred sites and burial grounds.

I urge you to stand by your excellent past work on this issue and decline  this highly destructive proposal.

Sincerely,



Letters of support from the first round:

Assembly of First Nations National Chief Shawn Atleo

First Nations Leadership Council

First Nations Women Advocating Responsible Mining (FNWARM)

Little Black Bear Band letter in support of TNG

Michipicoten First Nation support letter

Simpcw First Nation support letter

Tseycum letter of support

Friends of the Nemaiah Valley support letter

Union of British Columbia Indian Chiefs (UBCIC) support letter

Unitarian support letter


Open Letters:

Open Letter to Prime Minister Stephen Harper from Tsilhqot'in Chiefs - July 26, 2010

Letter from TNG to BC Conservative Caucus, signed by all chiefs

Open letter from Nancy Opperman in support of TNG re letter from Williams Lake Chamber of Commerce

Letter from TNG to Liberal leader Michael Ignatieff - August 13, 2010

Letter from TNG to newly-appointed Minister of Indian Affairs - August 13, 2010

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