British Columbia Court could change mining staking policy

The Gitxaaa Nation has filed a lawsuit against the provincial govt’s “free entry” mining claim staking policy. And the British Columbia Supreme Court (BCSC) has begun hearing arguments in the case.

The Country filed a legal complaint in the Supreme Court in Oct 2021 to contest the province’s approval of many mineral claims on Banks Island, which is located in their territory, between 2018 & 2020.

The case, which claims that British Columbia’s practise of approving mineral claims without consulting or obtaining consent from Indigenous peoples violates both constitutional requirements and the UNDRIP.

Despite the reported improvement & new partnerships promised when the govt signed the DRIP Act into law.

The British Columbia Supreme Court (BCSC) will hear the matter untill Apr 14, 2023.