A new report by the Environmental Investigation Agency (EIA), a US-based non-profit, sheds light on how the mining industry raises money for mineral exploration. The investigation looked into a common financial strategy known as the Prospect Generator Model (PGM), and in particular at how the model functions across northwestern British Columbia—where it found “a web-like… Read more »
Critical Minerals Mining in British Columbia: Looking Beyond Economic Promises
A new study by the Mining Association of B.C. (MABC) revels in the potential economic benefits of mining so-called “critical minerals”. MABC claims that the development of over a dozen new “critical mineral” mines could generate an average annual revenue of $1 billion each (if built). Setting aside whether the MABC’s claims are accurate or… Read more »
Mining Threats to BC’s Emerging Salmon Habitats – New Study
As glaciers in British Columbia continue to retreat due to climate change, new salmon habitats are emerging. Yet, as a recent scientific study highlights, these same areas are increasingly becoming targets for mining claims. The study, the result of a collaboration between academic and First Nations researchers, is a stark reminder of the need for… Read more »
Environment and community groups applaud BC Supreme Court ruling to reform province’s mineral staking regime
[Smithers, Osoyoos, Kimberley] – The BC Supreme Court released its decision Tuesday holding that the Province needs to change its free entry mineral claim system within the next 18 months to align with the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP). The ruling is a result of the Gitxaała and Ehattesaht Nations’… Read more »
The Dirty Dozen: 12 cases that undermine B.C.’s claim to be a world-class mining jurisdiction
The government of British Columbia and the mining industry often claim to have the strongest environmental and social regulatory regime—especially during May for “B.C. Mining Month.” However, our new report shows there are serious on-going pollution and other risks that keep B.C. from being that world-class mining jurisdiction.
Seven-in-ten British Columbians agree Indigenous consent should be obtained prior to mineral claim staking
New public opinion polling reveals that 72% of British Columbians believe that the provincial government should be required to seek consent from First Nations and private landowners before issuing mining claims. This is not currently the case.
Court begins to hear Gitxaała Nation’s landmark case against B.C.’s mineral claim staking regime
Today, the court will hear from us and the other intervenors, including B.C.’s Human Rights Commissioner, a number of Indigenous nations and political organizations, and mineral exploration companies that support Indigenous peoples’ right to free, prior, and informed consent (FPIC).
Court approves environmental organizations’ application to intervene in Gitxaała Nation’s legal case
The B.C. Supreme Court has decided to allow all intervenor applicants to make arguments in the Gitxaała Nation’s legal case against the free-entry mineral claim staking process. This includes our coalition of environmental organizations, as well as other First Nations, Indigenous organizations, mining companies, and the B.C. Human Rights Commission.
Environmental organizations apply to intervene in Gitxaała Nation’s legal case against unwanted mining
The BC Mining Law Reform network and several of our member organizations have applied for intervenor status in the Gitxaała Nation’s groundbreaking legal case against the free-entry mineral claim staking process. We’re in court on December 15 and 16 to argue for our right to speak to public interest issues surrounding the Mineral Tenure Act.
A new interactive map of tailings dams in B.C.
Together with SkeenaWild Conservation Trust, we have produced an interactive online map of tailings facilities in B.C. The map provides communities with critical information about the risks posed by billions of cubic metres of toxic wet mine waste, called tailings, stored behind some of the highest dams in the world.