Welcome to First Nations Women Advocating Responsible Mining
What FNWARM Stands For?
THE CURRENT REALITY
The mining industry has the financial and human resources to fight for what it wants, and the political lobbying resources to wage its campaigns. Yet as of 2010 there had not been a major new metals mine open in BC since the ...
Many companies still believe they can get around the law and First Nations rights. They spend their time and resources trying to divide communities, or to limit their involvement in the process. They spend fortunes on PR campaigns that portray ...
Some more enlightened mining companies have realized that working with First Nations is not only the key to complying with the courts and getting approval for a project, but is also the key to future certainly for their projects ...
PRESS RELEASE Tsilhqot’in Nation defends its lands and waters from Taseko Mines Ltd. Nation fighting company’s efforts to revive twice-rejected mine Vancouver, BC (Coast Salish Territory): January 30, 2017: The Tsilhqot’in Nation is in Federal Court in Vancouver this week to... Read More →
First Nations Women Stake Mining Claim on Minister Bill Bennett’s Property Vancouver (Coast Salish Territory): Tue. Jan. 24, 2017: In a twist on the ages-old story of First Nations’ lands being staked against their will and without their knowledge under pro-mining provincial... Read More →
Tulsequah Mine Information – Last Modified: 2016-12-19 The Tulsequah Chief mine, 100 km south-west of Atlin B.C., was operated by Cominco as a copper/lead/zinc, silver and gold mine from 1950 to 1957. The mine site is on the Tulsequah River about 10 km upstream from its... Read More →
Williams Lake, BC (December 9, 2016): The Tsilhqot’in National Government (TNG) learned 5 wild horses were found dead in late November 2016, 25 km south of the Tsilhqot’in community of Yunesit’in. As the horses were found within a small area it appears someone intentionally... Read More →
As leading figures in their communities and as mothers, their priority is to protect their homes, communities and traditional lands and waters from the type of mining practices that have left BC riddled with close to 2,000 abandoned mines – two thirds of which are still spewing pollutants. They came together to share their stories and to work for change. Some have worked for or had family members work for mining companies and have learned first -hand how the promise of riches can quickly turn into destroyed lands and limited low-paying jobs for those whose people have, for millennia, depended on those lands.
Members are aware of the social trauma that mining towns can create for First Nations people of both genders and all ages, but particularly for women and children. To quote FNWARM member and mother-of-three Anne Marie Sam: “I question how my young daughters will be impacted by growing up in a mining town.” ... Read more