Chilcotin district, interior of British Columbia
CICADA academic collaborator Catherine Nolin has been partnering with the Tsilhqot’in First Nation to articulate the community’s voices and perspectives on extractive industries such as logging and mining.
Prior to the landmark ruling of the Tsilhqot’in Nation v. British Columbia case in 2014, Nolin was working with Tsilhqot’in Nation tp help make known their stance on the Taseko Mines Limited’s (TML) proposed New Prosperity Gold-Copper mine in 2012.
Nolin’s article served as a platform for the community’s many voices. Tsilhqot’in Nation members describe the impacts of such extractive industries on their territory and highlight the persistence of resource extraction companies in their operation proposals.
READ: No Means No: After saving their land once from the Prosperity mine, the Tsilhqot’in First Nation in central BC are still fighting for their way of life against a second open-pit proposal (2012) – Nathan Einbinder and Catherine Nolin
“How can you practice your culture if you don’t have a land base to do it upon? It’s an everyday kind of thing. We depend on this area.”
-Xeni Gwet’in councillor Lois Williams.
“With so many proposals, the system is overwhelmed. With the price of metals, it’s like a modern day gold-rush.”
-JP Laplante, Tsilhqot’in National Government mining, oil, and gas manager.