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An Indigenous Taku Grassroots Voice

Will Patric : Nov 5.2016

It’s good to see the newsletter recently released from Children Of The Taku Society (COTTS).  It’s a fresh indigenous voice for Taku River Tlingit First Nation territory and conservation.  The newsletter is here: children-of-the-taku-newsletter-6

With the recent bankruptcy of Chieftain Metals, and a lull in the push to open up the lower Taku to mining, the main message of the newsletter is particularly timely.  COTTS is calling for something different for the Taku.  Rather than trying to facilitate the extremely contentious Tulsequah Chief mine project, which now has no backers, COTTS is urging BC to consider providing real jobs for local people restoring the Tulsequah site and confronting its decades old acid mine drainage problem.  COTTS sees an opportunity for governments at multiple levels on both sides of the border to join together, with industry, in a long overdue effort to do some real good for the Taku and people who call it home while safeguarding the region’s top salmon producing river system.

BC has long been tying cleanup of the historic Tulsequah pollution problem to getting a new mine development started on site.  A second bankruptcy of a Tulsequah Chief mine proponent in seven years seems like good reason to advocate a new approach, doing what’s needed now, and COTTS has become a leading voice for just that.

Rivers Without Borders is honored to be supportive of this emerging and inspiring indigenous conservation voice for the Taku.

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