Fixing Systemic Failures in BC’s Mining Regulation: The Urgent Need for a Judicial Inquiry

The University of Victoria Environmental Law Centre and the Fair Mining Collaborative have requested that the premier establish a Commission of Public Inquiry into mining in BC. This initiative is supported by a wide group of First Nations and NGOs.  The request for inquiry is in response to systemic failures, noted by a recent Auditor General’s report, and […]

FMC, MiningWatch, and Northern Confluence present clear plan for modernizing BC’s mining laws

For Immediate Release Courtenay, B.C. – The BC Government’s Mining Code Review is a good first step towards preventing another Mount Polley tailings pond disaster, but fails to look at the broader changes needed to make mining safe and sustainable, says a joint submission by concerned groups. Fair Mining Collaborative (FMC), in partnership with MiningWatch […]

Mineral Exploration in Clayoquot Sound

A collaboration between Clayoquot Action and Fair Mining Collaborative, the recently published report “Who’s Knocking” is a fine example of a community taking a pro-active approach to resource extraction in its area. This report shows the locations of mineral exploration in Clayoquot Sound, and provides information on each of the claim holders and owners. An engaged community, right from […]

Reclaiming the Sierra 2015

Like BC, the Seirra region of California is littered with abandoned and orphaned mines, a legacy of the Californian Gold Rush. Mercury used to process gold at these mines still leaches into local waterways, and many physical hazards remain. We at Fair Mining Collaborative are proud sponsors of The Sierra Fund’s third bi-annual conference, Reclaiming the […]

Northern Secwepemc First Nations Adopt Innovative Mining Policy

This morning, the Northern Secwepemc te Qelmucw Leadership Council (comprised of the Xat’sull, T’exelc, Tsq’escen’ and Stswecem’c/Xgat’tem First Nations, near the city of Williams Lake, BC) announced that they are adopting the mining policy developed by Fair Mining Collaborative. This policy, based on our Fair Mining Practices: A New Mining Code for British Columbia is […]

Responding to the Imperial Metals Mount Polley Mining Disaster: Interactive Webcast for Communities, Groups, Organizers and Allies

Please join us Friday, September 12, 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. (Pacific) for a free webcast on the Mount Polly Mining Disaster. This interactive webcast will feature the latest news and first hand accounts of what is happening on the ground with the Mount Polley mining disaster, and what different groups, communities, organizers, and allies […]

A Chance for Municipal Leaders To Get In-Step with Public Interests on Mining

Ah, the perfect neighbourhood… Schools close by, lovely green space, pleasant neighbours… and an open pit mine. An open pit mine? Not exactly what you had in mind when you purchased your home? It may sound far-fetched, but this scenario could become reality for some residents of Kamloops. A proposed mine is partly within city […]