First Nations monitor mining case – by Monica Lamb-Yorski (Williams Lake Tribune – February 2, 2017)

A van load of chiefs and elders from two Tsilhqot’in communities are in Vancouver to attend a BC Supreme Court civil claim concerning the Taseko Mines Ltd.’s New Prosperity Mine project.

In its lawsuit, Taseko claims the Government of Canada and its agents failed to meet the legal duties owed to Taseko and in doing so they caused and continue to cause damages, expenses and loss to the company.

When the company filed the civil claim a year ago, Taseko’s president and CEO Russell Hallbaurer said given the conduct of the Government of Canada and its agents, Taseko had no other choice but to defend the interests of its shareholders and to protect their assets.

Xeni Gwet’in Chief Roger William told the Tribune last Friday they want to be there to hear the case and protect their interests. “Taseko doesn’t believe in the 2013 panel report and the decision on Teztan Biny (Fish Lake) and the New Prosperity Mine,” he said.

William said it is frustrating for his people that the company continues to pursue the project, especially in light of the 2014 Supreme Court decision on rights and title awarded to the Tsilhqot’in people.

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