First Nations combine to take on Coalspur's coal mine project.
Whitefish Lake First Nation and Ermineskin Cree Nation have
undertaken an aggressive joint campaign to stop Coalspur's proposed
Vista coal mine project-the first of four stages in a massive 470 sq/km
open pit operation in the Eastern Slopes, which will impact diverse
wildlife populations and threaten one of the last hunting grounds of
several First Nations' communities. The drive to stop Coalspur will
start with an international awareness campaign to ensure media and the
general public in Canada, Australia and abroad are fully aware of
Coalspur's plans. Then, an intensive government lobbying plan will
commence, stated a news release from Whitefish Lake First Nation.
"We know what motivates Coalspur, and it's not their impact on
this beautiful land. It's profit. We will ensure that the cost of
pursuing this project outweighs the benefits for Coalspur, their
shareholders, and their investors," said Ermineskin's Chief
Craig Chief Makinaw.
Compiled by Shari Narine