TNG NR – Tsilhqot’in Celebrating Federal Court Rulings. Court dismisses Taseko Mines Ltd.’s challenges to New Prosperity Panel Report and 2014 Federal Rejection
The Tsilhqot’in Nation is celebrating the Federal Court’s dismissal of two judicial reviews brought by Taseko Mines Limited (TML).
First, TML challenged the 2013 New Prosperity Mine Panel Report. Secondly, TML challenged the 2014 Federal rejection of the proposed mine and the constitutionality of the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act, 2012. The dismissals by the Federal Court uphold the Panel Report and the federal rejection, and order court costs to be repaid to the Tsilhqot’in.
The Tsilhqot’in Nation have been through two Canadian Environmental Assessments (EAs) to protect Teztan Biny (Fish Lake). The Federal Government, based on two “scathing” independent panel reviews, rejected TML’s Prosperity Project and New Prosperity Project.
Both proposed projects required extensive involvement from the Tsilhqotâ€™in communities. The Tsilhqot’in Nation would like to thank the Federal Court for in effect upholding Article 26 of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP).
The history of this mine proposal sends a clear message across the continent that proposed projects should not move ahead without consent by First Nations that the project impacts.