CBC – Selwyn Chihong mining proposes royalties, jobs for Kaska . Members of 5 Kaska communities asked to vote on proposed deal Nov. 30

By Cheryl Kawaja A Chinese-owned mining company looking to develop a large zinc-lead deposit that straddles the Yukon/NWT border is working on a socio-economic participation agreement with Kaska First Nation communities. Selwyn Chihong Mining Ltd. hopes to operate an open pit...
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Canadian Mining Journal – Good Practice Guide – Indigenous Peoples and Mining, Second Edition

LONDON, U.K. – The International Council on Mining and Metals (ICMM) has published an updated guide to help mining companies build mutually beneficial relationships with indigenous peoples. The Indigenous Peoples and mining good practice guide outlines the principles for good...
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Globe and Mail – B.C. miners satisfy China’s jade craze.

By Dawn Calleja In China, jade is a symbol of purity and a ward against evil. The green gemstone was so highly valued for jewellery, sculptures and amulets that China depleted its stock of nephrite–one of two types of jade—in the 1700s. Demand then switched to jadeite. But 90 per...
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CP – B.C. First Nation writes declaration for new relationship with Canada

A First Nation on British Columbia’s central coast is not waiting for the provincial and federal governments to draft a reconciliation agreement. The Heiltsuk Nation has written and signed its own declaration, setting out what it says is a new mandate for a relationship within...
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CBC – Hold off on assessments until Bill S-6 amended, Yukon First Nation urges premier

The Tr’ondëk Hwëch’in First Nation wants the Yukon government to hold off on any changes to the territory’s environmental assessment renewals, until the new Liberal government deals with Bill S-6. The controversial bill was made law last spring, but the federal...
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Mining Weekly – Canada’s First Nations, mining companies benefited from modern treaties — report.

By Cecilia Jamasmie Modern treaties have boosted incomes in First Nation communities and have led to more resource development, according to a new C.D. Howe Institute Report. Treaties signed in Canada since the 1970s have greatly benefited First Nations and mining companies, as...
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CIPE – Property Rights are Human Rights: How Land Titles Support Self-Determination for Indigenous People.

 By Laura Van Voorhees. Grand Chief Stewart Phillip, Okanagan Aboriginal Leader and President of the Union of British Columbia Indian Chiefs, was photographed with a broad smile on his face the day of the unanimous Canadian Supreme Court ruling granting the Tsilhqot’in First...
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Globe and Mail – Amnesty investigates impact of resource extraction on indigenous communities.

By Andrea Woo Every fall, Connie Greyeyes travels from Fort St. John, British Columbia, to Parliament Hill to take part in a rally honouring the lives of Canada’s missing and murdered indigenous women. Every fall, she brings with her a banner bearing the names of the missing or...
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News Talk 980 CKNW – B.C. maintains mining company will have to replace temporary foreign workers with Canadians.

By Jenny Lye A requirement to replace temporary foreign workers with Canadians at a proposed coal mine in B-C appears to be absent from a list of conditions, despite the government saying it’s there. HD Mining International must stick to 24 conditions as part of the mine’s...
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Whitehorse Star – Judge to rule on confidential cabinet document. The Ross River Dena Council is asking Yukon Supreme Court Justice Leigh Gower to make new law in Canada, but the federal government is saying no way.

By Chuck Tobin The Ross River Dena Council is asking Yukon Supreme Court Justice Leigh Gower to make new law in Canada, but the federal government is saying no way. Ross River wants Gower to order Ottawa to release a confidential cabinet document it believes calls into question...
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DeSmog.ca – What Your New Liberal Majority Government Means for Climate, Environment, Science and Transparency.

By Carol Linnitt. … let’s do a quick reality check for what the Liberal Party and incoming Prime Minister Justin Trudeau have been promising all y’all on some of our top DeSmog Canada topics: climate, environment, science and transparency. Liberals on Environment: The Liberal...
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Globe and Mail – B.C. MPs to watch in the next Parliament.

With Monday’s election resulting in a Liberal majority government, several of British Columbia’s MPs, some long-time veterans and others newly elected, are expected to play prominent roles in Canada’s next Parliament. Some may find themselves in cabinet, while others will be...
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