Marilyn Baptiste of the Xeni Gwet'in First Nation in British Columbia has won the prestigious $175,000 Goldman Prize for her five-year effort to prevent construction of the Prosperity mine.
Prosperity gold mine
Tsilhqot'in First Nation is celebrating as the Taseko Mines' third mine proposal, New Prosperity Mine, has been rejected by the federal government.
Taseko Mines' third attempt to pass a proposal for a mine running through Tsilhqot'in land and water was rejected on February 26. However, Taseko says they will reapply for project approval.
The Council of Canadians congratulates the Tsilhqot'in Nation for their successful protection of Fish Lake against a twice-proposed open-pit gold and copper mine.
There is overwhelming opposition in our communities to this mine, and it is shameful that the company is stooping to quoting one individual's support in its press releases.
Taseko Mines has proposed to drain Fish Lake to hold waste rock for their Prosperity Mine. When the Wilderness Committee commented on this plan, Taseko brought a defamation suit against them.