Prince George Citizen, guest editorial – Forget reality TV, placer mining a disaster.

By Bev. Sellars and Amy Crook. Former Xat’sull First Nation chief Bev Sellars is chair of First Nations Women Advocating Responsible Mining.Amy Crook is executive director of the Fair Mining Collaborative. Next time you watchGold RushorYukon Gold,look past the drama and...
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Vancouver Sun, Province – Opinion: Alaskans still waiting for action on B.C. mine pollution.

By Heather Hardcastle When B.C. Minister of Energy and Mines Bill Bennett visited Juneau, Alaska, almost two years ago, to discuss transboundary mining, he gave me his personal cell number and said, “Now, Heather, you contact me if you ever feel like things aren’t working out.”...
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BiV – Major parties tout plans for the future of mining. Question of whether government should be industry overseer or collaborator is at centre of resource platforms of Liberals, NDP and Greens

The concerns of the mining industry have not been featured as prominently this provincial election cycle as they have in the past. In the 1990s, investment in mineral exploration was at a 20-year low, with large swaths of capital and people leaving the provincial mining sector....
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CBC – Canada’s oldest scientific agency celebrates 175 years

Canada’s oldest scientific agency will mark its 175th birthday with a celebration in Vancouver this week. The Geological Survey of Canada was founded in 1842 during the industrial revolution, 26 years before Confederation. “That phase of our industrial growth was...
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The Tyee – Ahousaht Land Use Vision Is Best News for Vancouver Island in Decades. New plan offers way forward for Indigenous-led management of spectacular old-growth forests. By Jens Wieting. Too much of Vancouver Island’s old-growth rainforest has been clear cut with little to no regard, involvement or benefit for the Indigenous people who call the area home. But a plan put forward this January by the Ahousaht First Nation in Clayoquot Sound seeks to chart a new course for ancient forests and long-term prosperity. Gathering in Tofino, Ahousaht chiefs announced the Ahousaht Land Use Vision, a culmination of two years of planning within the community. The vision outlines a way forward for Indigenous stewardship in Vancouver Island’s most intact tracts of old-growth forest. Next up? Pulling together government support and the necessary funds to make the plan a reality. The land use vision is significant in several ways: it gives priority to low-impact economic development and calls for an end to industrial logging and mining activities. It also includes a proposal to set aside about 80 per cent of the territory as “cultural and natural areas” to “conserve biological diversity, natural landscapes and wilderness, and to provide for Ahousaht continued spiritual, cultural and sustenance use.” The realization of this vision would be extremely important, not least because the Ahousaht First Nation’s territory covers 170,000 hectares (more than five per cent of Vancouver Island’s land area) and the majority of Clayoquot Sound, a spectacular labyrinth of rainforest, ocean, fjords, inlets and the home of several Nuu-chah-nulth First Nations. …Full article: https://thetyee.ca/Opinion/2017/04/29/Ahousaht-Land-Use-Vision/

By Jens Wieting. Too much of Vancouver Island’s old-growth rainforest has been clear cut with little to no regard, involvement or benefit for the Indigenous people who call the area home. But a plan put forward this January by the Ahousaht First Nation in Clayoquot Sound seeks to...
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NR – Government of Yukon extends staking prohibition for Kaska asserted traditional territory.

The Government of Yukon has extended the prohibition of mineral staking in the Kaska asserted traditional territory outside the Ross River Area until April 30, 2018. Extending the mineral staking prohibition will provide the Government of Yukon and Kaska governments more time to...
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