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Xeni Gwet’in In Court Over Mine

The Xeni Gwet’in are in court today claiming that the development of a copper-gold mine is an infringement of their aboriginal right to fish. The mine plan will destroy a small fishing lake called Fish Lake used by Xeni Gwet’in people for food. The Globe and Mail picked up the story (alt. link):

While … the [mine] project has support from the community, the Xeni Gwet’in say it will infringe on their aboriginal rights. A statement of claim, to be filed today in B.C. Supreme Court, seeks to quash the environmental assessment process.

The Xeni Gwet’in are known for a successful land claims case (Williams Decision).

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