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Kemess North

In 2007 the Joint Review Panel for the Kemess North project recommeded that the project not proceed because of the impacts to the environment and people were not worth the risks.  After many years the Tsay Keh Nay were relieved to learn that Amazay Lake (Duncan Lake) was not going to be destroyed by tailings from a gold/copper mine.  While this project is no longer active, we have provided some materials for the historical archives:

Final Decision (taken from Government of Canada website)
In conformity with the approval of the Governor in Council, a decision was taken on March 7, 2008 and was that the authorities shall not exercise any power or perform any duty or function with respect to the project because, after taking into consideration the report of the review panel and taking into account the implementation of appropriate mitigation measures, the authorities are of the opinion that the project is likely to cause significant adverse environmental effects that cannot be justified in the circumstances.

Joint Review Panel Report Summary (1.6 MB)
Joint Review Panel Final Report (7.3 MB)

The Government of Canada's Response to the Environmental Assessment Report of the Joint Review Panel on the Kemess North Copper-Gold Mine Project (link to offical site)

Lessons Learned Report

The Takla Lake First Nation, with its partners, developed this document to record and make recommendations to future leaders, community members and decision-makers on what the community learned about their experience in dealing with the Crown and a mining company set on destroying Amazay Lake (Duncan Lake). 

Kemess North: Insights & Lessons  - 2009