Boy cries as he asks CEO to leave sacred land alone
Nine-year-old Tahltan boy Caden Jakesta, Pat Edzerza and Jerry Quock expressed opposition to Fortune Minerals CEO Robin Goad during a recent meeting to discuss a massive coal mine planned for a region in northern BC's Sacred Headwaters.
In the video by Beyond Boarding, who spent three weeks with the Tahltan, Jakestra starts crying as he tells the Fortune Minerals CEO:
"I don't want you to drill...I don't my grandpa's camp to be digged (sic) up."
Goad responds, looking to the group:
"We should just clarify -- there's no tailings ponds associated with this project," and leaves after a brief argument with members of the Tahltan Nation.
The Sacred Headwaters, known as "Klabona" by the Tahltan, is the source of the Stikine, Nass, and Skeena, three of Northern BC’s major salmon-bearing rivers.
The Tahltan First Nation have worked with northern BC communities to oppose development projects before: Royal Dutch Shell abandoned coal-bed methane development in the Sacred Headwaters, due to an anti-drilling campaign. But Fortune Minerals has been pushing to get approval of the Arctos Anthracite coal project, which the company said will generate $10-billion in revenue. Last month, the Tahltan served Fortune Minerals with an eviction notice, warning them not to engage in further mining exploration in their territory.
The Arctos Anthracite Project is a joint venture with a subsidiary of South Korea's POSCO, one of the world's largest steel companies, and would turn Klappan Mountain into a 4,000 hectares pen-pit anthracite coal mine to export coal to South Korea.