Junior miner Fortune Minerals (TSE:FT) was served a "24 hour eviction notice" on Thursday by Tahltan Central Council who are opposed to an open pit coal mine in northwestern British Columbia.
The TCC claims the area is an important hunting ground and near ancestral burial grounds. The protesters have set up a camp near the proposed mine.
Video of the protest was uploaded to YouTube.
After the eviction notice expires, the protesters are considering a blockade.
"We didn’t fight Shell for ten years so a coal company could come along and build an open pit mine in the heart of the Sacred Headwaters," said Mary Dennis, a Tahltan elder in a news release from Skeena Watershed Coalition.
"We’ve stopped bigger industrial projects before and we’ll do it again with help from our supporters and allies."
The Arctos Anthracite project is located adjacent to the Spatsizi wilderness area. The project is a joint venture between Fortune (80%) and Posco Canada Ltd. (20%), a subsidiary of Korea’s POSCO that is one of the world's largest steel producers. The project is just 330 km northeast of the Pacific Ocean Port of Prince Rupert.
The project is in the Environmental Assessment (“EA”) and permitting process.
In its community relations section of its website, the company says it has retained DPRA Canada Inc., Indigeunity Consulting Group Inc., and Fleishman- Hillard ". . . for their respective expertise in aboriginal engagement and government communication, respectively. Fortune has also hired community relations coordinators for the portion of the project in the Gitxsan and Tahltan territories."
The TCC is the Tahltan Nation governing body representing the collective aboriginal title and rights interests of Tahltan peoples.