Coast Salish Territory/Vancouver – First Nations leaders are once again voicing frustration and disbelief over today’s decision by the Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency (CEAA) that the already rejected Taseko Mines Ltd.’s Prosperity Mine proposal will move forward to yet another review process.

“The correct assessments and decisions regarding this failed project have already been made. The Prosperity Mine proposal whether option 1 or option 2, is an environmental disaster waiting to happen and infringes on the title and rights of the Tsilhqot’in Nation”, said Chief Douglas White of the First Nations Summit political executive.

“Last year the environmental review panel clearly indicated there would be ‘significant adverse environmental effects’ as a direct result of the proposed Prosperity Mine. There is no evidence to suggest that this “revised” proposal changes that assessment. To proceed to a second review will be costly and divisive and will do nothing to foster relations between industry and First Nations in this province”, added Chief White.