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First Nations want BC to implement Mount Polley recommendations

First Nations want BC to implement Mount Polley recommendations

BC First Nations want the provincial government to implement all recommendations made in the review of the Mount Polley tailings dam collapse.

Representatives of the Union of BC Indian Chiefs, BC First Nations Summit, and Xat’sull First Nation held a news conference Tuesday saying there’s a major need for an overhaul of mining policy in the province.

Grand Chief Stewart Phillip says the panel concluded that business as usual cannot continue in BC.

Xat’sull Chief Bev Sellars says the independent report’s conclusions represent an opportunity for improvement in the mining industry and the chance for better First Nations participation.

Williams Lake Indian Band Chief Ann Louie says safety has a price and says companies must quit taking shortcuts that prove disastrous.

The panel concluded that poor design and other failures led to the collapse which sent millions of litres of silt and waste water into nearby lakes and streams.

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