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Nov. 2, 2023
VICTORIA – The Province and Tahltan Central Government have committed to begin discussions regarding a third decision-making agreement between the two governments related to the collaborative assessment of proposed changes to the previously approved Galore Creek copper and gold mine.
The Environmental Assessment Office and the Ministry of Indigenous Relations and Reconciliation are working with Tahltan Central Government to build on the two governments’ experiences implementing consent agreements to develop a decision-making framework for the future of the mine under the Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples Act (Declaration Act) and the Environmental Assessment Act.
Section 7 of the Declaration Act sets out provisions for negotiating consent-based agreements for the purposes of reconciliation, ensuring local governments and potentially affected stakeholders are engaged during negotiations.
The Province has identified the following organizations that will be consulted, including:
The Province and Tahltan Central Government have previously signed two consent-based decision-making agreements under the Declaration Act and Environmental Assessment Act related to assessments of the proposed expansions of the Eskay Creek and Red Chris mining projects.
Tahltan Central Government and the Province are strong partners with more than 20 close-working arrangements already in effect. As with the suite of other agreements in place between Tahltan and the Province, the joint assessment of the proposed Galore Creek project is intended to support ongoing collaboration to achieve long-term reconciliation, uphold Tahltan title and rights and support regulatory clarity in Tahltan Territory.
Tahltan Central Government: https://tahltan.org/
For more information about the environmental assessment process, visit: https://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/environment/natural-resource-stewardship/environmental-assessments
For information about the original Galore Creek assessment, visit: https://projects.eao.gov.bc.ca/p/588510c6aaecd9001b8157d0/project-details
Previous agreements between the Province of B.C. and Tahltan Central Government can be found at: https://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/environment/natural-resource-stewardship/consulting-with-first-nations/first-nations-negotiations/first-nations-a-z-listing/tahltan-central-government
Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples Act: https://declaration.gov.bc.ca
Ministry of Environment and Climate Change Strategy
Tahltan Central Government
Ministry of Indigenous Relations and Reconciliation