CONTRIBUTION · 1st February 2012
Tahltan Grassroots Elders
RE: RED CHRIS MINING AND FORTUNE MINERALS PROJECT IN MOUNT KLAPPAN AREA
To Whom It May Concern:
My name is Lillian Campbell and I represent the Quock family tree of the Tahltan Nation. The Tahltan people do not want any sort of development to go into this sacred area, the Red Chris and Fortune Minerals mining projects are not welcome in the Sacred Headwaters area.
The village of Iskut is 18 kilometers away from the proposed mining site. It would cause a huge impact to the community. We have legitimate concerns regarding the toxic dust that will blow from the mines to the community, as well as the leachate from waste ore that will contaminate our drinking water and fish bearing streams. The contamination of the salmon bearing rivers, the wild life including moose, caribou, and bears, as well as the healing plants within our traditional territory will be devastating. Not only will the very heart of this sacred area be affected, but also the potential for increase in alcohol and drug use, and other damaging social issues is just too great of a risk. With no infrastructure to deal with these concerns, the damage to our Tahltan families is too high This development is not worth the destructive effects it will have on our environment on our survival, and on our way of life. The sacredness of our land, and the overall well being of our people are our number one priority.
The concerns of the Sacred Headwaters involve everyone, Indigenous and non-indigenous alike. So any development in the Sacred Headwaters is a concern of not only the Tahltan people, but of all people in Northwest British Columbia. The Sacred Headwaters is the birthplace of three great rivers: Skeena, Nass, and the Stikine, which means that the people along these great rivers all depend on this area. That is why it is imperative to protect this traditional land for our heritage, for our future generations.
Our ancestors thousands of years ago shed their blood for the use of this land. Generation after generation their survival was dependent on this land, just as it is for our people today, just as the people of the Skeena and Nass rivers depend on the Sacred Headwaters, as it is the birthplace of the salmon runs. Klappan is a sacred and powerful area that the Creator created for us, to get us through hardships year after year. The bush is where our people's heritage and background really come from; it is where it began. The Indigenous sovereign Tahltan people have called these mountains their home for generations. Our ancestors and Elders of today are the Keepers of this Land. We the Tahltan Indigenous Sovereign Nation have the rights to defend our homeland and traditional rights for the future generations. Money does not replace our values, culture, beliefs, or heritage. We are to protect what our ancestors left behind for us, to protect and stand up for our rights with honesty, integrity and compassion. I respectfully request and encourage the support of all Nations, Indigenous and non- Indigenous to unite for the protection of the Sacred Headwaters. All come aboard.
If you have any questions please contact me via email at tahltanelders,,,live.ca
Lillian Campbell (Moyer)
Tahltan Grassroots Elders