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Profile on Mining and Environmental Health

The recent Kemess North Mine joint review panel decision ruled against destroying Amazay Lake. This lake is sacred to the Tse Keh Nay First Nations. While this victory has bolstered the First Nations in their involvement in land and resources issues, the area north of Prince George, BC is still under pressure from increased mining exploration. The recent BC First Nations Mining Summit highlighted some of the lessons learned from the Kemess environmental review process. FNEHIN hosted a workshop on Mining, Contaminants and Environmental Health at the Summit.

Summary Report of the BC First Nations Mining Summit Workshop: Environmental Health and Mining

BC First Nations Mining Summit Release and Agenda

Map of Past Producing Mines and Sites of Environmental Concern in BC, 1852-2007

B.C. Leads the Nation in Contaminated Sites (news article). B.C. has the largest number of contaminated sites on federal land of any province in Canada, figures just released by the Treasury Board reveal. And the provincial government has identified almost 8,000 more contaminated sites, on B.C. Crown and private land.

Powerpoint presentation by Tara Marsden: Mining Contaminants and First Nations Environmental Health.

Powerpoint presentation by Pam Tobin: Healthy Land, Healthy Future Project

Powerpoint presentation by Dr. Laurie Chan: Towards a New First Nations Framework for Human Environmental Health Impact Assessment.

FNEHIN Factsheets on Mining Contaminants and Environmental Health

Acid Mine Drainage






Mercury in Fish



Bioaccumulation of Contaminants

Photos: Darcy Tomah and other members of the Tsay Keh Dene (one of the three Tse Keh Nay First Nations) hunting caribou near the proposed mine site of Kemess North. Active mining exploration in the area shuts off certain areas for hunting.

Photo Credit: Darcy Tomah and Jasmine Thomas.