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Nisga’a Nation and Avanti Mining Agree to Reopen Kitsault Mine

New Democrats are applauding an agreement reached between the Nisga’a Nation and Avanti Mining that will help create 300 full-time jobs in the Northwest.

“Reopening the Kitsault Mine is a $1 billion project that will create jobs and grow the economy, both in the Nass region and throughout the Northwest,” said New Democrat leader John Horgan.

“It is essential as we move forward with resource development in B.C. that these plans include First Nations, and protect our land, air and water. This agreement shows that when we follow good processes, we achieve good results.”

Robin Austin, New Democrat MLA for Skeena noted that the agreement includes a smelter royalty deal and addresses Nisga’a environmental protection concerns.

“I am very pleased to see that the Nisga’a Nation and Avanti have reached an agreement that will create jobs and opportunity in the region now and into the future,” said Austin.

Austin added that he is hopeful the agreement bodes well for addressing outstanding concerns with neighbouring First Nations.

“There are some negotiated protocols to address environmental impacts and I’m hopeful that with this agreement in place, Avanti can move forward with neighbouring First Nations to address any cumulative effects of the increased economic activity.”

Toxic Tour of Vancouver Exposes “Greenest City’s” Dirtiest Secret

April 22, 2013, Vancouver – A “Toxic Tour of Vancouver” will wind through the city’s streets, stopping at mining corporation headquarters in Vancouver as it makes its way to the opening reception of B.C. Mining Week. Featuring dance performances, street theatre, art, testimonies from communities impacted by mining and video footage, the Toxic Tour will expose the human rights and environmental impacts of B.C. mining corporations.

“We don’t see B.C. Mining as something to ‘celebrate’”, said Toxic Tour spokesperson Steve Stewart. “Despite the industry’s attempt to build a ‘greener’ image for itself, reports of toxic spills, water scarcity and contamination, land grabs and the violent repression of local residents continue to emerge from communities living at the sites of mines owned by B.C.-based corporations.”

The Toxic Tour is expected to draw hundreds of people, and the march will end with a “Peoples’ Gala” and free community supper on the streets outside B.C. Mining Week’s Opening Reception. The march and gala will feature speakers from communities directly impacted by B.C. mines, both in B.C. and across the globe.

EVENT SCHEDULE – MONDAY, APRIL 29 2013:

5:00 pm: Press Point with Mining Justice Alliance Spokespeople and representatives of mining-affected and diaspora communities, Goldcorp SFU Center for the Arts (in the Woodwards ‘public’ Atrium), 111 W. Hastings St., Vancouver, B.C.

5:30 pm: March departure, Goldcorp SFU Center for the Arts, 111 W. Hastings St., Vancouver, B.C.

6:30 pm: Arrival at “Peoples’ Gala”, Five Sails Restaurant, 999 Canada Place, Vancouver, B.C.