[From the backgrounder:] The Tsilhqot’in Nation has never ceded nor surrendered our rights or title to our lands, water or way of life including our future generations. We are gratefully still able to drink from our streams, rivers and lakes alongside the wildlife. It is our duty and responsibility to protect our head waters, wildlife, plants (including forests), and lands that sustain us and have done so since time immemorial.
We still live with respect to Mother Earth, annually gathering our medicines, berries, hunting and fishing and passing on these traditional practices to our children, youth and share with others on the land. Our people have always protected our lands, waters and wild salmon as in the War of 1864 when our War Leaders stopped the road coming in from Bute Inlet – the South West side of the Tsilhqot’in Territory. Our people knew back then that if they allowed the invasion for gold it would destroy our wild salmon along with our way of life, and again today we are faced with the same threat.
Taseko Mines Ltd.’s (TML) proposed ‘New prosperity’ copper and gold mine lies within the Declaration of Rights area identified by B.C.’s courts in the Tsilhqot’in vs. BC (William) Case of November 2007. Read the whole backgrounder.