Nak'azdli First Nation

October 21, 2010 21:53 ET

Mt. Milligan Mine Consultation not Complete

Attention: Assignment Editor, Business/Financial Editor, Environment Editor, News Editor, Government/Political Affairs Editor FORT ST JAMES, BC, NEWS RELEASE--(Marketwire - Oct. 21, 2010) - The Nak'azdli First Nation is very concerned that they have not been consulted by British Columbia on the transfer of control of the proposed Mt. Milligan project from GOLDCORP INC. (TSX: G, NYSE: GG) through the sale of its investment in Terrane Metals Corp. ("Terrane") to Thompson Creek Metals Inc. ("Thompson Creek"). This is very unfortunate as the Courts of British Columbia have made it clear since 2004 that such a change of control is subject to consultation with Aboriginal Nations in whose territory the project is located. This is particularly concerning as the Nation has been trying to resolve the issues of the proposed Mt. Milligan in negotiations with British Columbia.

"Furthermore Nak'azdli disagrees with the statement by the Goldcorp. CEO, Chuck Jeannes that, the Terrane team has done a great job advancing the project. Terrane Metals is a perfect example of what not to do in proposing development in First Nations territories. The principals of the Company have refused to work with Nak'azdli to address our concerns" states Chief Fred Sam.

"Our most serious concerns remain the long term environmental damage that will be caused to our lands, waters and people if the project proceeds as is and the lack of meaningful consultation today with Nak'azdli, whose unceded lands, rights and culture are in jeopardy. We have repeatedly expressed our willingness to meet to negotiate a resolution of these issues but the company has refused to engage in meaningful discussions thus far" states Chief Sam.

"There can never be any certainty for this mine as long as we remain excluded and our concerns are not met" states Chief Sam.

"We will be opened to meeting and negotiating with the new owners and hope that they understand the importance of resolving the issues on this project with our Nation. In order to establish meaningful negotiations, there has to be early engagement. We have advised the Minister of Aboriginal Affairs to recommend and encourage the new owners to meet with us and negotiate these matters."

Nak'azdli is working with other Nations downstream who may also be impacted by this project.

Contact Information

  • Anne Sam
    Primary Phone: 250-649-8284