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 »
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.
New Analysis Confirms High-Risk, Threats Posed by B.C.’s Booming Mining Sector
Risks escalating due to more frequent catastrophic climate change-related weather events July 14, 2022 The waste created by British Columbia’s accelerating mining boom is a growing threat to communities and watersheds throughout the province, according to a new report released today. The increase in extreme weather events brought on by climate change intensifies this threat:… Read more »
New comprehensive scientific analysis shows future of wild salmon, clean water of western North America in jeopardy without action, precautionary management
An important new scientific paper out today in Science Advances from 23 science and policy experts draws attention to the massive scale and scope of mining in western North America — and the many ways those estimated 3,600 active and past mines threaten some of the last remaining intact wild salmon and trout rivers in the world.
B.C.’s Auditor General’s progress audit still reveals gaps in mine waste safety and cleanup
The Office of the Auditor General (OAG) released a progress audit on major mines, six years after the OAG released a scathing report on compliance and enforcement in the mining sector. While it is great to see some progress, the recent audit did not assess all recommendations from the 2016 report, and there are still gaps to adequately protect the environment and communities.