The BC government could deny a mine near Kamloops and the 500 jobs and revenue that would come along with it. But their reason for rejecting the project could be based on dubious claims.
What, if anything, could be holding Premier Horgan and his cabinet back from approving the Ajax mine near Kamloops?
Probably the First Nations opposition and the BC government's adoption of the UN Declaration of the Rights of Indigenous Persons, or UNDRIP. Critics, including some First Nations, have said they think UNDRIP may be granting First Nations a veto over resource projects.
Watch as I show you how the centre of the opposition to the Ajax Mine is the local First Nations, who have come out publicly to oppose the project claiming the site of the mine is on sacred land they call Pipsell.
The area includes Jacko lake which will potentially be filled or converted into a tailings pond for the mine. Interestingly, this very same First Nations has not opposed the proposed TransMountain oil pipeline that will run through their land after they struck a deal with Kinder Morgan for around $3M.
But while I was in Kamloops, I kept hearing that Jacko lake is man made, so I dug a little deeper.
We want to be respectful of First Nations, especially in BC where few treaties surrounding land title have been signed. The issue continues to be contentious, legally and politically.
I reached out to the SSN First Nation, giving them a couple of days to respond to questions about Jacko Lake but haven't had a response yet, though I will update you if I hear back from them.
In the meantime, we have to keep pushing the BC Government to approve the Ajax Mine – especially with these new revelations.
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