The FN have now , without any doubt, identified themselves as a menace to interests of the decent , civilized citizens who comprise the vast majority of the BC population...The FN contribute nothing of value to the economy ...and are in fact an expensive nuisance Instead of pandering to these elements, the legitimate population should consider demanding a final solution to the festering FN problem.Total deportation to the high Arctic would be a humane
option.Anything reasonable so long as they are not interfering with industrial development . A BC without the FN would be much more prosperous.
I like the line, "a world-class fishing lake that is of great significance to an indigenous community". I thought this was a shallow muddy lake, so far removed from anything that even the FNers wouldn't recognize it if they fell into it. Not a very balanced piece. J
Wait a second... read this quote from the FN folks:
"Approving this mine would serve as a catalyst that would trigger a volatile and protracted confrontation and would set back the good work that is occurring between other First Nations and forward-thinking companies to develop meaningful partnerships - in the absence of resolved title and rights in BC - to look for responsible and sustainable projects. It would also undermine any effort to build better relationships with First Nations across Canada."
Specifically, this part:
"... the good work that is occurring between other First Nations and forward-thinking companies to develop meaningful partnerships - in the absence of resolved title and rights in BC - to look for responsible and sustainable projects..."
In saying this are they admitting that the land itself is indeed, Crown Land, and thus, saying, "Hey, we know it's not recognized as our land, but we want to have a controlling interest in it anyway"?
Not throwing jabs at anyone, just trying to figure out what exact argument they're making here.
This whole thing feels like it's going to turn nasty, which is a darn shame for just about everyone involved, regardless of whether they are FN or shareholders in Taseko.
It's almost like the FN WANTS a fight rather than being an ACTIVE partner in negotiations... and at the same time, with Taseko lately sounding very confident, it's almost like throwing gas on the fire...
Obviously, one would assume that there's discussions going on behind the scenes, but given the, what, 30 or 40 year history of various properties trying to get a mine built there, that it's pretty obvious the FN are a people with a firm resolve once they've chosen their prescribed action.
From a socialogical perspective, it's very interesting to watch, that's for sure.
"It's almost like the FN WANTS a fight rather than being an ACTIVE partner in negotiations..." -
Maybe Prosperity is just a 'vehicle' to drive the 'Land Title/ Treaty Issue' into the limelight? Bringing things to a boil, as it were...
Or are 'these' F'n Indians just being unreasonable?
I like the Fish Fry Idea best still... Even Granny might put her shotgun down long enought to eat....
Have a Great Week All
PS So nice and peacefull with US and CA markets on Holiday... CU, AU, AG and Platinum are all up today, I still hate these markets, but hoping for another good week in Metals...
Basically, the FN position is that since they never ceded the land by treaty, it is "their" land, and they (as a "nation"), not the Province or Canada, have the absolute right to say what happens on it, and they see the imminent approval of Prosperity without their consent as a blow to their aspirations. The recent aggressive pronouncements are a last ditch attempt to marshal public opinion and convince Cabinet to not approve. I don't think their efforts have registered strongly yet with the public, but the public would not like civil disturbances, and might blame the governments for letting it happen. They hope that threat will cause second thoughts. I am pretty sure that they think that thus far they have failed.
i suppose one could argue the issue this way: the "modern" (non FN) people of today are trying to protect "their way of life" thru economic projects that will allow them to maintain "their" way of life; ie., having a job to pay their bills, having a good canadian economy, etc.
do the FN contribute anything to BC? or are they just "takers" and users of users of modern utilities (SUVs, cell phones, electricity, running water, a/c etc) and all the while complaining about the evils of the modern world?
so these people vote? is BC worried about losing votes if the approve prosperity?