B.C. First Nation issues eviction notice to Imperial Metals Corporation after Mount Polley disaster
The chief of the Neskonlith Indian Band says she'll visit the Vancouver head office of a mining company to personally deliver an eviction notice.
In a phone interview with the Georgia Straight, Chief Judy Wilson said that her band and council passed a resolution to order Imperial Metals Corporation off Secwepemc traditional territory near Adams Lake, where the company hopes to build the Ruddock Creek mine.
"I'll be in Vancouver tomorrow," Wilson said. "We'll also post an eviction notice on the site."
The chief said that after the tailings pond breached at the Mount Polley mine on August 4, the Neskonlith Indian Band held an emergency meeting.
She said that her band members live along the Thompson River, which is a major tributary of the Fraser River. There are Neskonlith communities in the Chase area and on the outskirts of Salmon Arm.
Wilson worries that the release of toxic mine waste near Quesnel Lake could reach the Fraser River, which could have an impact on her members' traditional way of life.
In a news release, the band stated that the proposed Ruddock Creek mine is in the "sacred headwaters of our Adams River Sockeye Salmon run that the Secwepemc people and other Indigenous Peoples in the Thompson and Fraser Watersheds depend upon for their livelihoods".
Wilson told the Straight that he hasn't heard a response from the company to the eviction notice.
The Neskonlith Indian Band is a member of Shuswap Nation Tribal Council.