DEASE LAKE, BC, Aug. 16, 2013 /CNW/ -
|Who:||Tahltan Central Council President Annita McPhee will fly to the Tahltan Elder protest camp in a remote region of the Sacred Headwaters Saturday afternoon to meet with the President of Fortune Minerals Robin Goad who is also flying in on a separate flight.|
|What:||Discuss the "eviction notice" that 30 Tahltan Elders and community members have handed to the coal mining developer.|
|Where:||"Beauty Camp" at the base of Mount Klappan in Tahltan traditional territory in northwest B.C., about a 6 hour drive north of Terrace.|
|When:||Meeting around 5pm Saturday. Phone interviews possible Sunday morning.|
|Why:||Elders and community members have camped out at Mount Klappan since Wednesday, threatening to blockade Fortune mining camp. RCMP Dease Lake detachment is on scene.|
Photos and video will be made available late Saturday evening from this DropBox:
Media will be attending, and are other media are welcome to join a charter flight.
Annita McPhee is reachable at: 604-754-9974 -- she is available prior to her 3pm Saturday departure, then again Sunday morning. There is no cell service at Mount Klappan.
Fortune Minerals plans to build massive 4,000-hectare open pit coal mine in "Sacred Headwaters" area of Tahltan territory.
Tahltan Elders served Fortune Minerals with "eviction notice" and are camped at planned mine site.
Tahltan Central Council is the Tahltan Nation governing body representing the collective Aboriginal Title and Rights interests of all Tahltan peoples, numbering about 5,000.
Tahltan Central Council wants permanent protection of the Sacred Headwaters for cultural and spiritual reasons.
Robin Goad, President - Fortune Minerals, invited Annita McPhee, President - TCC to mine site to discuss eviction notice.
THURSDAY'S PRESS RELEASE:
"Elders threaten blockade against coal mine in Sacred Headwaters"
SOURCE: Tahltan Central Council
For further information:
Annita McPhee, President, Tahltan Central Council: 604-754-9974