Tensions rising over Prosperity gold mine

Inflammatory remarks from a respected Williams Lake, B.C.,businessman highlight the growing tension between the town’s people and the Tsilhqot’in nation which opposes a gold and copper mine that would drain a sacred lake.

By Rob Smith
APTN National News

Inflammatory remarks from a respected Williams Lake, B.C.,businessman highlight the growing tension between the town’s people and the Tsilhqot’in nation which opposes a gold and copper mine that would drain sacred Fish Lake.

Walter Cobb, president of the Williams Lake Chamber of Commerce, accused the Tsilhqot’in of standing in the way of progress.

“They don’t want to work…Some of those leaders seem to not want their people to work or prosper on the reserve,” said Cobb. “I don’t have any idea what the rational is.”

Cobb warns there will be a backlash if Taseko Mines Ltd.’s Prosperity gold and copper project is stopped.

The federal cabinet will ultimately decide the project’s fate and a decision is expected at any time.

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