Tsilhqot’in

Stopping open pit mining: Victory for Tsilhqot’in

By Andrea Palframan / September 17, 2020 /

Tsilhqot’in: Teztan Biny/Fish Lake protected from “New Prosperity” mine  In May 2020, the Supreme Court ended a decade-long push by Taseko Mines Ltd. to build an open pit gold/copper mine. The Supreme Court victory crowns a long and exhausting legal battle the Tsilhqot’in fought at every level of the judiciary, fending off Taseko’s multiple appeals,…

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VIDEO: Chiefs Lulua and Ross unpack the Tsilhqot’in legal strategy and vision for Nation on webinar

By Andrea Palframan / June 19, 2020 /

“Tsilhqot’in” means “blue water people”. On June 18, 2020, we were fortunate to get to hear from the stewards of the Chilco River, who caretake the strongest salmon run in the world. We heard from Chiefs Jimmy Lulua and Chief Russ Myers Ross, whose long struggle to gain authority over their territory achieved the first…

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New Prosperity mine is dead. Why are the Tŝilhqot’in still in court?

By Andrea Palframan / June 17, 2020 /

By Ana Simeon / Photo by Nathan Einbinder On May 14, 2020, the Supreme Court of Canada delivered a final coup de grâce to the moribund “New Prosperity” mine project in Tŝilhqot’in territory. The twice-rejected mine proposal had been maintained on life support for years by a series of legal and political manoeuvres Taseko Mines pursued with…

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How to beat a giant: Join Tsilhqot’in chiefs for a webinar

By Andrea Palframan / June 17, 2020 /

You may have heard about the recent legal win that resulted in the final and irreversible rejection of the New Prosperity Mine in Tsilhqot’in territory. Moments — and victories — like this are hard won and uncommon, so we want to mark the moment with a celebration.  On Thursday, June 18, join Tsilhqot’in leaders for a…

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A letter from RAVEN’s Executive Director, Susan Smitten

By Andrea Palframan / May 21, 2020 /

Last week we celebrated the final victory in Tsilhqot’in Nation’s decade-long struggle to stop the desecration of their land by gold mining. The Supreme Court’s word is final: Taseko’s New Prosperity mine is dead. Done for. Kaput.   There are some events that stick with you for life.  You remember where you were, like when…

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Celebrating a massive Tsilhqot’in win with the RAVEN community

By Andrea Palframan / May 20, 2020 /

Today, the sun is shining just a little more brightly in Tsilhqot’in territory. Glinting off of the alpine waters of Teztan Biny – also known as Fish Lake – the dancing light is a gift that, thanks to a precedent-setting legal victory, will keep on giving, forever.  On a Thursday morning before a holiday weekend,…

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Triple Victory for Tsilhqot’in Nation vs. Taseko!!

By Andrea Palframan / December 18, 2019 /

image ©Toronto Star. Incredible news that we want to share right away! In RAVEN’s 10-year history we’ve seen First Nations win so many victories but we’ve never had an avalanche like this — 3 wins in 2 days! It all started December 17, when the BC Court of Appeal dismissed Taseko’s application for leave to…

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Tŝilhqot’in Nation is an Example of Climate Justice

By Andrea Palframan / October 25, 2019 /

(Reposting from Kai Nagata of Dogwoodbc.ca) On a plateau high above the Chilcotin River near Williams Lake, the largest solar energy facility in Western Canada is about to come online. Its 3,456 panels stand on the site of an abandoned sawmill, a beacon of hope for communities hammered by automation and climate change. Owned, built…

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Help the Tŝilhqot’in Nation Protect Teẑtan Biny: An ongoing fight to protect our sacred lands and waters

By Andrea Palframan / September 24, 2019 /

The Tŝilhqot’in won another legal victory in its protection of Teẑtan Biny, but the fight isn’t over yet. We need your help. Make a donation to the legal fund today! The Tŝilhqot’in Nation celebrated yet another legal victory that has once again prevented a massive drilling program at Teẑtan Biny in support of the rejected…

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Tsilhqot’in win injunction: Taseko drilling and road building HALTED pending civil case

By Andrea Palframan / September 9, 2019 /

Victory!  In what has been a decade’s long fight to stop mining at Teztan Biny, Tsilhqot’in territory is protected from drilling and road building —  at least for now.  On September 6, 2019, the BC Supreme Court granted Tsilhqot’in Nation an injunction that prohibits Taseko Mines Ltd. (TML) from moving forward with its exploratory drilling…

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