FIRST NATIONS EXPECTATIONS FROM THE MINING INDUSTRY: LESSONS FROM THE TSILHQOT’IN PEOPLE

World Mining Congress

*T.I. Kunkel, G. Halseth, and E. Petticrew

Geography Department

University of Northern British Columbia

3333 University Way, Prince George, British Columbia, Canada V2N 4Z9

(*Corresponding author:kunkel@unbc.ca)

A. Mills

First Nations Studies Department

University of Northern British Columbia

3333 University Way, Prince George, British Columbia, Canada V2N 4Z9

M. Ghomshei

Department of Mining and Materials Engineering

McGill University, Montreal, Quebec, H3A 2A7

R. Ellis

Dean, Faculty of Management

University of Lethbridge

4401 University Dr., Lethbridge AB T1K 3M4

The economic prosperity of many Canadian communities depends on resource extraction within the traditional territories of Indigenous people. The geographic sites where these resources are situated are also areas where these Indigenous people have sustained themselves for millennia through hunting, fishing, trapping, and gathering activities. These traditional activities provide not only sustenance, but also cultural and spiritual values, and the ability to transmit oral Indigenous cultures and customs from generation to generation. The multimillion dollar revenue mine project proposed within the Cariboo Chilcotin region of British Columbia is situated geographically in a location which has sustained the Tsilhqot’in people for millennia. However, this group of people have important social and cultural values nested within the traditional activities at this location. These values are typically not at the forefront of resource development. Using Indigenous research and grounded theory, this research paper briefly outlines Aboriginal values of the First Nations communities within the Cariboo Chilcotin region and some lessons learned from the Tsilhqot’in people during the environmental assessment of the mine proposal.
Keywords: Value; Projects; Research; Economics; Mines; Mine; Mines; British Columbia; Canada; Resources;
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