[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.
Press Release: Environmental Organizations Apply to Intervene in Gitxaała Nation’s Legal Case Against Unwanted Mining
Intervenor applications to focus on mineral tenure reform Vancouver – The intervenor applications for the Gitxaała Nation’s legal challenge against the province of British Columbia and four mineral claim holders begin today. The Nation filed the case with the B.C. Supreme Court in October 2021, requesting a review of seven mineral claims staked on its… Read more »
Government’s Declaration Act Action Plan includes modernizing the Mineral Tenure Act
The BC Mining Law Reform network welcomes the Declaration Act Action Plan, released by the B.C. government this week. Notably, the plan lays out numerous actions on the self-determination and rights of Indigenous Peoples … and the specific action to “modernize the Mineral Tenure Act in consultation and cooperation with First Nations and First Nations organizations.”
Expert Analysis: B.C. Lagging on Mine Waste Safety
New expert analysis reveals that British Columbia is lagging behind other jurisdictions in Canada and globally when it comes to mine waste safety. The report looks at the B.C. government’s first ever Audit of Code Requirements for Tailings Storage Facilities, released last year, and makes recommendations on how to improve existing laws and regulations on mine waste safety to protect communities and the environment.
Bridging the Gap – Recommendations for Improving Mine Waste Storage in B.C.
More than seven years after the dam breach at Imperial Metals’ Mount Polley mine, communities and the environment are still at risk from mine waste failures in British Columbia. The province lags behind other jurisdictions in Canada and globally in mine waste storage safety.