The Stikine River

Stikine-05_2015_(5).jpgCanada’s Galore Creek Mine jeopardizes Southeast Alaskan communities and regional economy, with no benefit to Alaska.

The construction and operation of the proposed Galore Creek Mine in British Columbia, at the headwaters of the Stikine River 37 miles from the Alaskan border, could jeopardize the health and well-being of our Southeast Alaskan communities and regional economy. 

Clean water and salmon fuel Southeast Alaska’s $2 billion/year fishing and tourism economy, sustain our communities, and are integral to cultural practices. As one of the world’s largest open-pit mines, the proposed Galore Creek Mine could permanently transform the upper Stikine and Iskut Rivers. The massive scale and untested mitigation measures of the Galore Creek Mine proposal put downstream water quality, salmon, and communities at risk, and would require water treatment for at least 250 years, if not forever, to protect the Stikine, although the mine plan does not include any water treatment.

The Galore Creek Mine would be built in an area known as the Sacred Headwaters by First Nations groups in Canada. It would have a significant impact on the Galore, More, Sphaler, and Scotsimpson Creeks, all tributaries to the Stikine. Thus far, the BC government has proven incapable of monitoring and enforcement over the mining industry. 

Let’s work together to protect the Stikine River and all who depend on it.

Take Action:

  1. Demand that the Galore Creek project undergo a revised environmental assessment process. The current assessment ended in 2007.  A lot has changed since then, including the catastrophic Mt. Polley tailings dam failure (which used the same tailings dam technology the Galore Creek project plans to use) and the findings of the Mt. Polley Independent Expert Review Panel, changes to BC’s and Canada's mining regulations, the ratification of the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous People, and climate change. We have more knowledge about mine safety and updated technology – the Galore Creek project plan must be updated to keep impacted communities and ecosystems safe. 
    • Contact BC’s Minister of Energy, Mines, and Petroleum to request a revised environmental assessment process for the Galore Creek project:
  2. Contact local decision-makers to request their public opposition to this project
  3. Participate in your local Fish and Game Advisory Committee  to let Alaska Department of Fish and Game know your needs, concerns, and interests in changing or upholding the regulations that impact your community
    • There are many ways to get involved:
      • Submit a proposal to your local Advisory Committee (AC) or directly to The Board to change fish or game regulations
      • Submit written comments to your local Advisory Committee or directly to The Board on proposed changes
      • if you really want to get involved, consider seeking a nomination to your local Advisory Committee, after attending meetings to learn how ACs work
    • Contact your regional coordinator for details and meeting schedules
  4. Write a letter to the editor in your local paper (check out our sample letter here and see our factsheet for talking points)
  5. Host an event and spread the word (download the Stikine and Galore Creek Mine factsheets)
  6. For assistance, please contact SEACC at info@seacc.org or (907) 586-6942

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