The Tsilhqot’in Nation is celebrating after the Federal Court dismissed two judicial reviews brought by Taseko mines related to its New Prosperity Mine proposal near Williams Lake.
The contentious open pit gold and copper mine project, opposed by the Tsilhqot’in, was approved by the BC government but twice rejected by the federal government.
One of the main issues cited by the Tsilhqot’in and the environmental assessment was the impact on Fish Lake.
The company challenged both the 2014 rejection of the project as well as the federal environmental assessment report, but the court quashed the challenges and upheld the process as fair.
“The Tsilhqot’in share gratitude in the conclusion of two fair judgements that serve as vindication to the decades of struggle to protect Nabas and Teztan Biny,” says Chief Russell Myers Ross of Yunesit’in and Director of the Tsilhqot’in National Government. “In my opinion, these efforts by Taseko Mines Ltd. represents a waste of time and public money, and I believe it is necessary for this company to move on from fantasizing about this destructive project. This area remains significant to our Nation and this conflict is one reason why we have moved towards developing the Dasiqox Tribal Park – to move towards a space of reconciliation, reciprocity and consent.”
Taseko says it’s reviewing the court decision.