Thursday, July 12, 2007

Playing in the Sun

If you've been wondering why the posting has been slowing down we really only have one answer: Summer.

We're giving the site a bit of a break as it's just do darned nice outside. In the meantime, enjoy the links we've gathered over the last few months in the sidebars and have fun supporting your local green and good businesses!

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

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Anonymous said...

Screening - Blue Gold: The Tsilhqot'in Fight for Teztan Biny (Fish Lake)
(running time: 40:57)

When: 7pm Monday July 19

Where: The Victoria Event Centre (1415 Broad Street)

Admission: By donation

Please join us for a screening of Blue Gold, and informal discussion with director Susan Smitten.

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Blue Gold expresses the Tsilhqot'in peoples' unanimous rejection of Taseko Mines Ltd.'s proposal to drain Teztan Biny (Fish Lake) in order to stockpile mining waste.

"It is not possible for us to agree to the destruction of the land that sustains us." ~ Chief Marilyn Baptiste, Xeni Gwet'in First Nation.


The documentary was initially made to present to a federal environmental review panel so they could see the Tsilhqot’in people describe the importance of this area in their own words. But the Tsilhqot'in people's story resonates deeply with a larger audience. They are fighting for cultural survival against a private mining company's desire for profit.


On July 2nd, the federal environmental review panel found that the Prosperity Mine Project will have "significant adverse effects" on the environment, and "high magnitude, long term irreversible" impacts on Tsilhqot'in people and culture. But the report is non-binding - and the public campaign has begun in earnest by the pro-mine camp to convince the federal government that the project should go forward despite the panel's findings.

This is a watershed moment for First Nations’ cultures and environmental protection in Canada. The independent Panel concluded that this Project will result in devastating impacts on productive fisheries and threatened grizzly bear populations, and the permanent loss of an “important cultural and spiritual area” and a “place of spiritual power and healing” for the Tsilhqot’in people.



Background:

The Tsilhqot'in Nation holds proven Aboriginal hunting and trapping rights in the area where Taseko wants to build its mine. Taseko's plan requires completely draining Fish Lake (which sits at the headwaters of the Taseko River and ultimately the Fraser River, 600 km north of Vancouver, BC) and filling it with waste rock. The company intends to create a reservoir to hold the 80,000+ trout. Much of the watershed to the south including Nabas (Little Fish Lake) would be used as a tailings storage facility. This is all in an area held as sacred by the Tsilhqot'in.
In the place of gorgeous, fish-bearing lakes in a pristine sub-alpine ecosystem, Taseko will leave behind an estimated 700,000,000 tons of tailings and waste materials, including arsenic, mercury, lead, cadmium and other toxic metals. These toxic creations will permanently scar the area, destroy habitat for major species like grizzlies, moose and deer, and potentially contaminate the largest wild salmon run in North America (the Fraser River).

Recent changes to Canada's Fisheries Act allow for the destruction of freshwater bodies - lakes and rivers can now be used as toxic dump sites for mining corporations. Teztan Biny is just one of many lakes slated for destruction.