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Province failed to consult Secwepemc First Nations for CN quarry expansion: Judge –

October 15, 2021

A B.C. judge has ruled that a provincial ministry should return to the negotiation table and consult with Secwepemc leaders before permitting a CN quarry to expand operations near the Thompson River.

In a B.C. Supreme Court judicial review decision on Oct. 12, Justice Geoffrey Gomery decided that the Chief Inspector of Mines permitted the expansion of the McAbee Quarry in 2019 without prior consultation.

Chief Ron Ignace and Chief Rosanne Casimir represented the Stk’emlupsemc te Secwepemc Nation in court, which is the body responsible for Aboriginal title and rights on the traditional territory of both Tk’emlups te Secwepemc and the Skeetchestn Indian Band.

Their intent was to set aside a work permit at the quarry amended in 2019, then shut down the McAbee Quarry when they challenged the Ministry of Energy, Mines and Petroleum Resources, along with CN in provincial court.

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