Honouring A Sacred Connection: Stk’emlúpsemc te Secwépemc Nation says Yes to healthy people and environment, No to Ajax’s mine

Take action in support of the Stk’emlúpsemc te Secwépemc Nation’s precedent-setting efforts to say Yes to healthy people and sacred lands and No to an open-pit copper and gold mine!

On March 4th 2017 the Stk’emlúpsemc te Secwépemc Nation (SSN), whose traditional territory lies in what is now called British Columbia, Canada, announced their formal opposition to  KGHM- Ajax’s proposed open-pit copper and gold mine after a precedent setting review of the project.

TAKE ACTION: Submit your comments telling the authorities to say No! to the Ajax mine, Yes to a healthy Pípsell and healthy people! Deadline 10th October.

Given the current inadequacies of the Canadian Environmental Assessment and BC Environmental Assessment processes, SSN undertook North America’s first Indigenous-grounded project assessment panel review process regarding the proposed KGHM- Ajax mine. Considering all the facts and the Nation’s sacred connections to Pípsell- the land under threat- the Stk’emlúpsemc te Secwépemc Nation decided to reject the mine and withhold their consent.

“Stk’emlúpsemc te Secwépemc Nation (SSN) does not give its free, prior and informed consent to the development of the lands and resources at Pípsell (Jacko Lake and Area) for the purposes of the Ajax Mine Project.”

– Official pronouncement of the Stk’emlúpsemc te Secwépemc Nation

SSN’s decision is a major blow to KGHM International, a subsidiary of Polish company KGHM Polska Miedźthat, which has been trying to push the controversial $1.3-billion project forward for over a decade. The open-pit mine has also run into opposition due to its close proximity to nearby city Kamloops. A survey done in 2013 showed nearly 75 per cent of respondents opposed the mine and Kamloops City Council has rejected the mine.

Right now there is an opportunity to support the Stk’emlúpsemc te Secwépemc Nation’s trailblazing efforts. British Columbia’s authorities are accepting comments on KGHM Ajax’s mining plans.

Stand with Stk’emlúpsemc te Secwépemc Nation, submit your comments telling the authorities to say No! to the Ajax mine, Yes to a healthy Pípsell and healthy people!

 


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