First Nations: Respect before prosperity
Ottawa's denial of Taseko mine proposal underscores importance of securing local support, early dialogue and formal agreements
Last updated 1/23/2011 at Noon
Ottawa's rejection of Taseko Mines Ltd.'s C$1-billion proposal to build a mine at the Prosperity copper-gold project has highlighted the importance of having the support of the local indigenous people when permitting a mine.
"In the 21st century, it is extremely difficult, if not impossible, for industrial projects to proceed if local communities and indigenous peoples have deep concerns," sai...