Lake Babine Nation withdraws from dialogue with Pacific Booker Minerals with respect to the Morrison Copper Gold Project

    BURNS LAKE, BC, Oct. 14 /CNW/ - Lake Babine Nation ("LBN") announced
today it is withdrawing from dialogue with Pacific Booker Minerals ("PBM")
regarding the Morrison Copper Gold Project ("Project") due to serious concerns
regarding PBM's conduct and the government's handling of the consultation
    "Our relationship with PBM is seriously deteriorating", stated Chief
Betty Patrick, "and if things don't change immediately, we will have no other
option but to oppose this development. PBM continues to offer us capacity
funding but we haven't seen a dime. Second, they question our members about
our confidential traditional uses without asking permission. Third, they have
repeatedly told us they prefer we not involve legal counsel. Gone are the days
when First Nations are not entitled to legal representation and we are not
going to let them dictate to us who is on our team. These are examples of
their self serving intention to move the Project forward without demonstrating
a real commitment to relationship building. Their actions to date are
disrespectful and do not encourage us to trust them."
    LBN is still open to meeting with PBM if there is a level playing field
and capacity funding. LBN has consistently maintained they are not
categorically opposed to development in their traditional territory as long as
it is conducted responsibly and appropriately includes them.
    LBN has concerns that the environmental assessment process is going
forward without articulating or addressing its concerns. Although LBN has
written to the Environmental Assessment Office several times it has failed to
respond. In LBN's view, any Project permits that are granted that do not
consider its concerns, will be incorrect, reviewable and subject to being
    "We are not going anywhere", stated Chief Patrick, "Development must
respect our aboriginal rights and title and engage with us on a level playing
field if the Project is to move forward. Providing capacity funding is the
first step".
    Lake Babine Nation, located northwest of Prince George, is one of the
largest First Nation communities in British Columbia with a population of over
2000 members and is comprised of the Woyenne, Tacket Wi'tat communities, Old
Fort and Donald's Landing.

For further information:

For further information: about the Lake Babine Nation and this Project,
please contact Chief Betty Patrick at (250) 692-4700.

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