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AJAX – How indigenous law is taking on a giant British Columbia copper mine

Chief Ron Ignace. (Image: Elizabeth McSheffrey)

By ELIZABETH McSHEFFREY

 National Observer

The moment you step onto Stk’emlúpsemc te Secwépemc land in southern British Columbia, according to Chief Ron Ignace, you are a beggar.

As an outsider, you have no rights and you’ve strayed away from your home and family. You are considered a poor person, he tells National Observer, and you are beholden to the First Nations on whose territory you stand.

Elizabeth McSheffrey

His message takes aim at anyone who wants to do business or travel on his nation’s land, be they tourists, government, companies, fishers, or boaters.

“The days of colonial authoritarianism are over,” he says.

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Elizabeth McSheffrey is an award-winning multimedia journalist from Ottawa passionate about human rights, current affairs and travel. Her work has been published by news outlets all over the world including BBC, CBC, CBS, CTV, The Globe and Mail, VICE News, and dpa International. Her experience includes print, radio, television work across Canada, East and West Africa. In 2016 she won the Clements Award for outstanding investigative reporting in support of animal welfare and a Best News Coverage prize at the Canadian Online Publishing Awards. She was also nominated as an AITO Young Travel Writer of the Year and for an investigative reporting award from the Canadian Association of Journalists. She tweets @emcsheff. 
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2 Comments on AJAX – How indigenous law is taking on a giant British Columbia copper mine

  1. David Baziuk // April 24, 2017 at 2:58 PM // Reply

    We were very recently transferred from Kamloops but hope to one day (soon) return. However, if Ajax Mine is approved, we will regretfully reconsider our plans to move back to one of the most wonderful cities I have ever lived. The day the mine is approved, something will die in the heart of the city. I hope that day never comes.

  2. Dale Shoemaker // April 22, 2017 at 5:00 PM // Reply

    Ever since I moved to Kamloops, almost 5 years ago, Ajax has been trying to get permission to go ahead with the Ajax mine. There have been many studies and meetings. It is too bad that they didn’t object much sooner before so much money had been spent by AJAX and the city.

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