Tahltan Central Government

Tahltan Central Government

February 17, 2016 16:41 ET

Doubleview Lawsuit Against Tahltan Leaders and Elders Dismissed

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwired - Feb. 17, 2016) - On Tuesday, February 16, 2016, The British Columbia Supreme Court dismissed Doubleview Capital Corporation's (the Plaintiff) claim against Tahltan leadership and elders in Doubleview v Day 2016 BCSC 23.

In the action, the Plaintiff was seeking a pre-trial injunction restraining the Tahltan leaders and elders from interfering in the mineral exploration activities at Doubleview's Hat Property and was seeking a trial for relief from damages.

"The Tahltan leadership and elders named in this case are satisfied with the decision. This closes an unfortunate chapter in Tahltan-corporate relations where a mineral exploration company proceeded to conduct a drill program in the Sheslay, a culturally and environmentally sensitive area, without proper consultation and against the wishes of the Tahltan Nation," says Chad Norman Day, President of the Tahltan Central Government.

In its reasons for the judgment, the court rejected Doubleview's argument that it was "blockaded" by Tahltan defendants, finding that the Tahltan leaders and elders acted respectfully and did not interfere with Doubleview's access to the site or the drilling equipment. Second, the court expressed doubt whether Doubleview has the legal right to drill at the property and found there is significant risk to the defendants and the Tahltan Nation if exploration work continues without required archeological work first being undertaken.

Justice Grauer further held that Doubleview failed to demonstrate a serious case to be tried, let alone an arguable case, that would entail it to the terms of the injunction it seeks and ordered the action be dismissed without a need for trial. Justice Grauer also awarded court costs to the Tahltan defendants.

The full judgment can be viewed at http://www.courts.gov.bc.ca/jdb-txt/sc/16/02/2016BCSC0231.htm

About the Tahltan Central Government
The Tahltan Central Government (TCG) is the administrative governing body of the Tahltan Nation, located in northwest British Columbia. The TCG protects Tahltan Aboriginal rights and title, the ecosystems and natural resources of Tahltan traditional territory by managing sustainable economic development, and strengthens the cultural wellness of the Tahltan community. For more information, visit: www.tahltan.org

About the Tahltan Nation
The Tahltan Nation includes on and off-reserve Tahltans living in Telegraph Creek, Dease Lake and Iskut, and more than 5,000 people living across the country. Tahltan traditional territory encompasses 11 percent of British Columbia. More than 30 percent of mineral exploration and mine development in the province takes place in Tahltan traditional territory.

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