FNWARM op -ed: Huff. Post Canada – 3 Years After The Mount Polley Disaster, Our Waters Are Still In Danger.
Three years ago, Mount Polley mine dumped 26 billion liters of waste into Hazelton Creek, Polley Lake and Quesnel Lake.
By Jacinda Mack.
For as long as I can remember, the waters of B.C.’s Quesnel Lake played an important role in my community We fished for trout and swam in its depths, camped along its shores and picked berries and medicines in the surrounding Cariboo Mountains.
The entire time, we were sharing our Xat’sull language and culture with our children. Yet three years ago on Aug. 4, 2014, all of this was endangered when the Mount Polley mine dumped 26 billion liters of mine waste—including mercury, lead and other toxic waste—into Hazelton Creek, Polley Lake and Quesnel Lake.
Suddenly the water was no longer safe to use: the mine gave out some ineffective filters for homes on the lake and a paltry supply of canned salmon. We were left reeling from the worst environmental disaster in Canadian history.
This year people across the country will mark the third anniversary of the disaster by hosting water ceremonies near lakes, creeks and coastlines. We want to honour the water that sustains us. And we want to send a clear signal to government leaders that our waters must be protected