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The Curse of Mining in BC

From ‘Killing the Curse‘ in the Vancouver Province:

Canadian Indians were shafted by the Klondike gold rush 110 years ago and won’t let it happen again, Phil Fontaine says.

The national chief of the Assembly of First Nations told a Vancouver audience last week that Skookum Jim Mason and his cousin, Tagish Charlie, made the actual Klondike discovery of 1896.

Klondike gold made Skookum Jim and Tagish Charlie rich. But Fontaine says natives reaped only disease and exploitation from the rush that sucked tens of thousands of people into their traditional homelands.

“What happened to our people in the Yukon was not a blessing — it was a curse,” Fontaine says.

Also today in the Province: ‘Win Natives’ Trust: Miner

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