TAHLTAN TERRITORY, BC, April 19, 2015 /CNW/ - Members of the Tahltan Nation have voted to accept a ground-breaking Co-Management Agreement with the new Red Chris mine in Tahltan territory, which opened in February.
The Agreement was supported by 86.9% of voters, with 12.9% voting no. 0.2% of the votes were rejected.
The unique agreement ensures Tahltan oversight and control of environmental issues surrounding the mine. It also guarantees Tahltan training and careers and a revenue-sharing agreement to help build a strong and independent Tahltan future.
Commenting on the news, Tahltan Central Council President Chad Day said: "This is a big step for our people, for all First Nations and for all British Columbians. Tahltan people have been living on our land for more than 10,000 years, so it makes sense for us to be involved in making sure our lands, waters and wildlife are protected for everyone without affecting our Title and Rights.
"The Agreement also brings local jobs, careers and training for our people and their families. That's good for our Nation and it's good for the mine. By sharing tax revenue from the mine, we can build our programs and services for a stronger Tahltan future and to better operate as a government in our territory."
He added: "I would like to thank mine owner Imperial Metals for working with us in developing the Agreement, as well as everyone else who has made is possible."
Now that the Tahltan Nation has ratified the Co-Management Agreement, work begins on making sure commitments are followed through in an efficient and transparent way. This will be a subject at upcoming discussions, including at the Tahltan Annual General Assembly from July 2-5.
- A background sheet and images to accompany the announcement are available here: http://tahltan.org/news/tahltan-nation-accepts-historic-co-management-agreement-red-chris-mine
SOURCE Tahltan Central Council
For further information: Tahltan Central Council President Chad Day is available for interviews on the afternoons of Sunday April 19 and Monday April 20. To book a slot please call Richard on 778 929 1662 or email [email protected]