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Ha tlatgi ha kustiyi: Protecting the Taku Tlingit Land-based Way of Life

Jamie Kneen Communications and Outreach Coordinator responsible for: strategic research, social media, and public engagement; our Africa program, environmental assessment, and uranium mining.

A report by the Taku River Tlingit First Nation reiterating its opposition to the proposed road in the absence of "effective measures in place to protect the environment and Tlingit land-based way of life".

An excerpt from the introduction:

"British Columbia does not yet have Taku River Tlingit First Nation consent to proceed with this project. The reason is that there are fundamental problems associated with the road that, while identified in the environmental review, were not resolved as part of that process. They have not been resolved since that time. These problems arise directly from the opening up of the territory without having effective measures in place to protect the environment and Tlingit land-based way of life. Such measures could be provided through a land use plan that could incorporate protected areas for important wildlife resources, and a treaty that would set out the conditions for using the land for our people and for B.C. Proper planning for access could then be undertaken so as not to be harmful to the ecosystems and to Taku Tlingit land use."