The Neskonlith Indian Band is vowing to halt another proposed mine associated with Imperial Metals after the Mount Polley Tailings Pond breach.
Chief Judy Wilson says Neskonlith has not given its consent to the Ruddock Creek Mine in Chase near the Adams River.
Wilson says they assert jurisdiction and Aboriginal title.
“We do not want anything poisoning the water. We do not want any tailing pond spills or any disasters happening to our waterways or to our salmon.”
Wilson says Imperial Metals is already discharging water from their exploratory mining activities into the local watershed.
A statement reads: “The Mount Polley Tailings Pond breach on August 4, 2014 could have been prevented if Imperial Metal had proper risk assessment and management practices in place and the provincial and federal governments had properly assessed and monitored the mining operation. Instead no actions were taken, the tailings pond was over capacity and toxic substances continued to be discharged, resulting in a catastrophic breach. “
It goes on to say: “As the Yecwiminte r Tmicw, the caretakers of our land and waters, Neskonlith, part of the Lake Secwepemc People, have an obligation to protect our land for our future generations. Neskonlith Indian Band cannot permit any mining development especially in these Sacred Headwaters that will contaminate the water or destroy our salmon habitat. Our Elders stated they do not want anything that poisons our water or salmon. Our People made a declaration opposing the Ruddock Creek mine and held water ceremonies to protect our water and salmon. Our Council stands with our Elders and People, we oppose the proposed Ruddock Creek mine by Imperial Metals and hereby evict Imperial Metals from our territory.”