WILLIAMS LAKE, BC, Nov. 22, 2012 /CNW/ - First Nations Women Advocating Responsible Mining (FNWARM) supports the Kaska in its stand against efforts by the Yukon Government to renege on written agreements and undermining aboriginal Title and rights.
"If a government cannot be trusted to keep its written promises, and believes it can change laws to suit its own purposes when it sees fit, then how can we have faith in any negotiations or agreements," said FNWARM Chair Bev Sellars, Chief of the Xat'Sull (Soda Greek) First Nation.
Chief Sellars noted the Kaska are not in conflict with the mining companies with whom they have agreements and are interested in pursuing responsible development opportunities.
"This is a case of a territorial government creating conflict by trying to change the rules. As always happens in such situations, this can only create uncertainty and lost opportunities for genuine economic opportunities," Chief Sellars said.
"Our FNWARM members stand fully with the Kaska on this matter."
FNWARM is an association of First Nations women from communities in north central BC and South Yukon who have extensive experience with mining issues in their territories, and who seek to work together to promote responsible mining practices that respects aboriginal tile, rights and culture, and the environment.
SOURCE: First Nations Women Advocating Responsible Mining
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