Tulsequah Chief Project

IMPORTANT NOTICE:  On January 22, 2014, TRTFN, Ecojustice Announce Litigation Over Validity of Tulsequah Chief Mine EAO Certificate.  For more information, please click on "TRT News Releases" (to the right).

IMPORTANT NOTICE:  On November 18, 2012, the TRTFN Joint Clan Forum rejected the currently proposed Tulsequah Chief project.  For more information, please click on "Joint Clan Mandate" (to the right).

Project Information and TRTFN Decision Making:


1.     The Taku River Tlingit First Nation (TRTFN) made a decision to reject the currently proposed Tulsequah Chief Project on November 18, 2012, which includes Chieftain Metals’ current proposal to build a 122km road. 


2.      There were several outstanding issues, agreements and permits that needed to be resolved before the proposed project could be moved forward for a decision by the TRTFN.  Two of the key issues that needed to be adequately resolved were access to the mine-site and the completion of an Impacts, Mitigation and Mutual Benefits Agreement (IMMBA) with Chieftain Metals.  There is serious concern for the TRTFN that several months of negotiations have failed to move this file forward in any substantial way.


3.      Chieftain Metals has numerous applications for provincial permits that will need to be processed in the coming months, including the review processes for 2 major applications (below):


a.      Application for EA Amendment (Update: Chieftain has submitted their amendment application April 23, 2012),

b.      Application for Special Use Permit Amendment (Update: Chieftain has submitted April 27, 2012),


4.      The TRTFN Mining Policy is clear about what information is required to inform the TRTFN decision-making process:


a.      Completed Environmental Assessment

b.      Accommodation Agreement between the TRTFN and BC

c.       Impact and Benefit Agreement between the TRTFN and the mining proponent


Access to the mine site/Tulsequah Valley:


5.      The current understanding of the TRTFN is that Chieftain Metals has recently obtained a transfer from BC of the existing Special Use Permit (SUP) from Redfern’s receiver to Chieftain Metals with the intention of applying for an amendment to the SUP which includes the identification of a new road route.  TRTFN has joined BC’s application review process in an effort to ensure that the proposed road construction addresses the concerns of the TRTFN citizens and avoids, to every extent possible, negative impacts to the land, wildlife, fish habitat and TRTFN culture.  The TRTFN will not know what level of success we have achieved with these objectives until we are farther along in the process. [Update: Please refer to the "Recent Activities” webpage for recent developments]


6.      TRTFN Approvals:  To date, the TRTFN have not approved or supported any proposed road route from Atlin to the Tulsequah mine site.  In accordance with our TRTFN Mining Policy (detailed above), Chieftain is not approved to construct any portion of the currently proposed road route prior to a TRTFN Joint Clan Meeting decision on the project.  If there are no delays within the collaborative processes with both the company and BC, the current projected timeline for a TRTFN JCM decision on the project will be late June.  [Update: Please refer to the "Recent Activities” webpage for recent developments]


7.      BC Approvals: Chieftain now has the BC permits in place to begin road construction from the Tulsequah mine site to the lower Nakonake River.  Construction of the new proposed road route from the lower Nakonake to a junction with the Warm Bay road cannot begin until all of the necessary provincial approvals are in place.


8.      The TRTFN have long-standing and well-documented concerns about roaded access to the Tulsequah Valley and, in particular, potential negative impacts on the Nakina Trail.  Chieftain has developed a proposal for an ‘amended road route’ that avoids direct contact with the Nakina Trail.  However, the TRTFN still has concerns about the fact that the company is proposing to construct a road in such close proximity to the Nakina Trail (closest proximity to the trail is 1.2km), how the road will be built and managed, whether the road will be effectively removed at the end of mine life, etc.


9.      TRTFN approval of the Atlin-Taku Land Use Plan including the access corridor into the Tulsequah Valley (which allows for the consideration of overland access) does not mean that the TRTFN has approved road construction to the Tulsequah Valley.  TRTFN is reviewing the options identified by Chieftain and will issue a decision after the Joint Clan Meeting on the project.


10. The Joint Land Use Plan is clear that downstream is the preferred method of access for the Tulsequah Valley.  Chieftain has concluded that downstream access is not practicable.  TRTFN has required an independent review of this report.  The results of this report have just recently been submitted to TRTFN and will be distributed to the concerned parties in the near future.


 Please watch this location for more information posts and links to key documents concerning the Tulsequah Project and TRTFN decision-making processes.

If you are a TRTFN Citizen and would like Tulsequah meeting notices emailed to you, please send your email address to tinabrooks@atlin.net




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