UPDATE: On December 14, 2017, British Columbia Environment and Climate Change Strategy Minister George Heyman and Energy, Mines and Petroleum Resources Minister Michelle Mungall issued their decision not to issue an environmental assessment certificate to KGHM Ajax Mining Inc. for the Ajax project. The urgent action is therefore no longer needed, but there is still work to do! This site will be maintained in support of the Stk’emlupsemc te Secwepemc Nation (SSN)’s claim to the Pípsell Cultural Area as well as efforts to reform federal and provincial environmental assessment laws and processes
A Polish company, KGHM, is proposing to build an open pit copper-gold mine on the outskirts of Kamloops, British Columbia. Starting in November 2017, as Federal and Provincial ministers are weighing their final decision on the proposed Ajax mine, the Stk’emlupsemc te Secwepemc Nation (SSN) is asking Indigenous and non-Indigenous friends, neighbours, and supporters to call on their MPs, MLAs and cabinet ministers:
- to deny any certificate to the proposed Ajax open pit mine;
- to work with SSN in protecting the Pípsell Cultural Area for the benefit of all Canadians and future generations; and
- to reform the flawed and inadequate federal and provincial environmental assessment laws and processes, in accord with the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.