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First Nations women speak out on mining concerns

A First Nations women’s group says it’s time for British Columbia’s mineral explorers to stop living in the past.

First Nations Women Advocating Responsible Mining (FNWARM) says the days of more land being freely opened up for mining are done.

FNWARM chair Bev Sellars says the days when miners received priority over all other land-users and land-holders in BC are truly numbered.

The group is critical of a campaign by the Association for Mineral Exploration in BC (AMEBC) which warns the future of mining exploration is at risk because of decreasing land base.  AMEBC took its concerns to delegates attending the PDAC mining conference in Toronto.

Sellars says that mining has a role and a place in the province, but a balanced and respectful approach to land use is needed, not one that she says gives one industry unfair privilege.

Sellars adds the industry should work to clean up mine projects and revise mine staking methods at home.

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