The Tahltan Central Government announced that it sent a notice to Doubleview Gold (TSXV: DBG) saying that the First Nation opposes the miner’s continued operations within Tahltan Territory in British Columbia, western Canada.
According to the Indigenous authority, Doubleview’s mineral claims are in a culturally sensitive area, which community members fear may be damaged.
“The company has a track record of being disrespectful towards the Tahltan Nation, including unsuccessfully taking legal action against Tahltan Leaders and Elders in 2015,” the Central Government said in a media statement. “The TCG made many reasonable attempts to work with Doubleview in a respectful manner but the company has repeatedly failed to conduct its activities in a manner that is consistent with the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP) and has chosen a path of uncertainty and conflict with the Tahltan people.”
The communiqué states that although the Tahltan Nation generally supports mining and exploration activities, these activities must be carried out in accordance with their laws, policies and established engagement framework.
“Doubleview has failed to conduct its operations according to Tahltan protocols and refuses to abide by the TCG’s engagement framework. As a result, the Tahltan Nation will adamantly oppose Doubleview’s continued operations within Tahltan Territory and will take further steps to ensure the company’s activities will cease,” the statement reads.
MINING.COM approached the mining company for comment but didn’t hear back by publication time.
Doubleview is working on three properties in British Columbia, the 6,308- hectare Hat copper-gold project in the Sheslay Valley; the Red Spring copper-silver-gold property, located 120 kilometres north of Smithers, and the Mt. Milling North property, located 165 kilometres northwest of Prince George.