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Podcast Episode #1: The BC Mining Law Reform network w/ Nikki Skuce & Jamie Kneen – BCMLR

April 9, 2024

Welcome to the first episode of Beneath the Surface, a podcast by the BC Mining Law Reform network. Founded in 2019 BCMLR is a network that promotes changes to mineral development laws and mining practices. The network represents nearly 30 local, provincial, and national organizations, including citizen and community groups, First Nations, academics, as well as social justice and environmental organizations.

I’m your host, Umair Muhammad, I’ll be chatting with Nikki Skuce and Jamie Kneen. Nikki is the Director of the Northern Confluence Initiative and Jamie is the Outreach Coordinator and Canada Program Lead at MiningWatch Canada. And together, Nikki and Jamie are co-chairs of BCMLR.

In this episode, we’ll explore the driving forces behind the creation of BCMLR, critical gaps in current mining laws in BC, and the impact these laws have on both communities and the environment. We’ll also discuss BCMLR’s strategies and vision for the future, the role of public awareness and advocacy in shaping mining policy, as well as how listeners can get involved and support BCMLR’s mission. Without further ado, let’s get going.

And to start with, I was wondering if you could both tell us a little bit about yourselves.

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