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B.C. mining company seeks injunction that could set stage for showdown with First Nation – Toronto Star

July 16, 2019

VANCOUVER—Lawyers for a First Nation and a B.C. mining company will go head-to-head in a courtroom later this month, with both sides asking the court to intervene in their fight over a controversial mining project that the First Nation calls a threat to sacred territory.

On Tuesday, a B.C. Supreme Court justice postponed the hearing for an application from Taseko Mines for an injunction that would restrict Tsilhqot’in Nation residents and other opponents from blocking the company’s access to the site of its New Prosperity project — which has been at the centre of a pitched battle for nearly 30 years.

If it’s ultimately granted, Taseko’s injunction may set the stage for a showdown between the RCMP, who could have to enforce the injunction, and members of the Tsilhqot’in Nation, who have promised to oppose any attempt by company vehicles to access the nation’s traditional land.

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