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Tahltan to vote on Red Chris Co-Management deal

Tahltan to vote on Red Chris Co-Management deal

Tahltan Nation members are preparing for a vote that will determine if and how the nation will be involved with a mine in its traditional territory.

A referendum is scheduled next month for ratification of a co-management agreement between the Tahltan Central Council, Tahltan Band, Iskut Band, and the Red Chris Development Company related to the Red Chris mine.

Details of the proposed co-management deal have not been disclosed, but eligible voters will be receiving information packages in the mail or may view the agreement at various locations.

The Red Chris gold and copper mine near Iskut began trucking ore to port late last month and continues the commissioning process at the facility.

Mine owner Imperial Metals has been working with the Tahltan Nation to implement recommendations contained in a third-party review of the Red Chris tailings dam.

The review came after the disaster at the Imperial Metals-owned Mount Polley mine and concerns from Tahltan members about the design of the Red Chris tailings dam.

The co-management agreement referendum is scheduled for April 16, 17, and 18th.

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