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FEATHER FROM FISH LAKE
CANADA | 2017 | 7.5 min
Filmmaker: Jeremy Williams
Theme(s): watershed, species, ecosystem, indigenous
Fish Lake is in the headwaters of the Chilcotin River watershed, a major tributary of the Fraser River. The lake is home to 85,000 rainbow trout, and provides clean water for drinking, irrigation, and millions of salmon, which support a thriving ecosystem and economy. Despite the objections of the Tsilhqot’in Nation and two federal rejections, Taseko Mines Ltd. continues to try and advance its “New” Prosperity Mine proposal. The company is now proposing to begin extensive road building, drilling, test pits, and seismic line testing, and build a 50-man camp, to advance and prepare for the construction of the rejected mine. In response to the proposed disturbance, Tsilhqot’in leaders held a water ceremony at Teztan Biny, where an eagle feather was blessed before travelling downstream with water gathered from the lake. The feather and water were sent from Teztan Biny, down the Fraser River to Christy Clark in Victoria. The mine has been rejected twice over its negative impacts to Tsilhqot’in culture and risks to this headwater ecosystem. The integrity of Canada’s environmental assessment process is at stake.
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