A northwest BC First Nation says it’s having serious discussions with the provincial government about protecting a culturally significant region of its territory from industrial development.
Tahltan Central Government leaders and natural resources ministry representatives recently toured the Sheslay region north of Telegraph Creek.
The area contains many ancestral grave sites and has been used intensively by the Tahltan people for hunting, fishing, and other cultural activities.
But it’s also in the sights of mining exploration companies like Doubleview Capital Corp which has been working on its gold-copper Hat Project since 2011.
Things came to a head last July when Tahltan government officials and elders asked the company to stop drilling in the region.
Doubleview recently received a court injunction preventing the elders and officials, including Tahltan president Chad Norman Day, from going to the company’s site.
Day says the injunction won’t prevent the Tahltan Central Government from pursuing long term land-use planning with the BC government, which will eventually include seeking an end to Doubleview’s drilling program.
Doubleview says it plans to resume exploration activities in the near future.