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CONTRIBUTION · 23rd September 2011
Arthur Manuel
Dear Friends:

Here is a story that the BC government is going to get into the mining business over the next 3 years. Premier Christy Clark is saying she will open 8 new mines and sign 10 certainty non treaty agreements with local First Nations located next to the 8 new mines. This will mean that the province would like to restrict any benefits regarding Aboriginal Title and Rights to the signers of the 10 non treaty agreements.

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It is clear that Premier Clark does not want to recognize Aboriginal Title and Rights throughout our territories and throughout British Columbia. She just wants to politically and quickly over ride our Aboriginal Title and Rights in these 10 Agreements to give economic certainty to the mining companies. Premier Clark is just interested in making money for the province and for the mining companies.

The big question is will Indigenous People be tricked by British Columbia to buy into her mining plan or will we use the economic uncertainty our Aboriginal Title and Rights creates to the mining industry to carve out economic security for our grandchildren and children yet unborn.

The Gross Revenue for BC in mining in 2010 was $7.9 Billion dollars. In the first quarter of this year Copper was at US$4.38/pound, Zinc was at US$1.09/pound, Gold was at US$1,387.73/ounce, Silver was at US$31.92/ounce, Molybdenum was at US$17.30/pound and Lead was US$1.18/pound.

New Gold next to Kamloops is projecting they are going mine out over the 12 years Gold 1.05 million ounces, Copper 99.3 million pounds and Silver 3.1 million ounces. Afton Area (East Ajax & West Ajax) over the 23 years of life will mine 110,000 million pounds of Copper per year and 100,000 ounces of Gold per year. Yellowhead Mining Inc over its 22 year life will mine 2.857 billion pounds of Copper, 265,000 ounces of Gold and 4.873 million ounces of Silver Concentrates. Check it out in your area and you do the math.

Indigenous Peoples need to know why the Premier wants to open up 8 new mines and why she wants to sign deals with 10 agreements with Indigenous Peoples is because the land is money to them. They do not care about protecting the land. They will be in and out of our territory in 12 – 23 years but you will have to live with the consequences of the mine forever into the future.

Your children, grandchildren and great grandchildren will not benefit from the sale of their Copper, Gold, Silver, Zinc, Molybdenum and Lead. Maybe a few of us will get one of those mining jobs but not a lot because it is a specialty field and the pay is good, but then again we need to balance it out with what is best for our community. The average mining job is $108,000 per year.

Read this story and think about what we need to do as Indigenous Peoples. We need to face off to this challenge in BC over the next three years because BC is in a very desperate shape. The Canadian and BC government have destroyed the fishing and forestry industries and they need mining to bail them out. I think the BC government will be not manage mining with any greater success.

The Premier calling out in a Press Conference for 10 First Nation Agreements means that you do own your land. The Premier would not be talking about Agreements with us if she didn't know we own BC. We are the ones that need to determine "Access to Our Land". The province does not have full power to decide access to our land. That is why Premier Christy Clark raises First Nation Agreements in the same story as opening 8 new mines and creating jobs for her people in BC.

How many of our family are unemployed and have no positive future. She wants us to sign off on a few quick deals that will limit our Aboriginal Title and Rights in the area that will be mined and when the mine is finished in 12 – 23 years we go back to the reserve and once again be economically marginalized by the BC economy. The mining company goes onto another mine and the BC government continues to ignore our Aboriginal Title and Rights, until some other business opportunity comes up that require them to sign another deal with some other First Nation.

We need to not let this opportunity pass us by, we need to believe in our Aboriginal Title and Rights. The onus or burden to make the economy in our territory serve our children and grandchildren is our job. Follow this story and get involved in meetings about mining and other economic issues. You own the land. You need to figure it out or Premier Christy Clark will implement her plan. According to this story, she got it all worked for you. Ha. Ha. Be careful out there in your traditional territory, some little people in the future are depending on you.