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January 30, 2024
Alaskan First Nations point to court ruling that suggests Canadian government may have duty to consult themThe Eskay Creek gold-silver mine revitalization project in Northwestern B.C. may have the support of the Tahltan First Nation, but it’s getting pushback from a consortium of Alaskan First Nations downstream of the proposed mine.
The consortium of Tlingit, Tsimshian, and Alaskan Haida (Prince of Wales Island) under the Southeast Alaska Indigenous Transboundary Commission (SEITC) say they have applied to be admitted to the BC Environmental Assessment Office review process as a participating indigenous nation, and thanks to a 2021 Canadian Supreme Court ruling, regulators may find they have a duty to consult them the same as they do Canadian First Nations.