Coast Salish Territory/Vancouver The First Nations Summit is deeply concerned about the breach of the Mount Polly Mine tailings pond and the devastating environmental impacts the breach will cause in the area.

This is the type of environmental disaster First Nations have been deeply concerned about. There will undoubtedly be vast negative effects on the water quality in the surrounding area which will have adverse impacts to the migration routes and habitat for salmon and other fish, as well as wildlife habitat and plant life in the affected area. First Nations’ and non-First Nations alike are asking questions about how this breach occurred, especially with media reports indicating Imperial Metals Corp. was long aware of potential problems which could lead to a potential tailings pond breach.