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Wildsight Responds to Ktunaxa Nation Media Statement on the International Joint Commission Regarding the Kootenay Transboundary Watershed

ByChad J. Johnson

May 16, 2022

K̓ukamaʔnam/Kimberley –

“We are deeply concerned that Global Affairs Canada has unilaterally decided to withdraw from discussions to engage the International Joint Commission (IJC) in the transboundary Kootenay River system. The Ktunaxa Nation has been asking for a referral to the IJC since 2012. Since then, we’ve seen the situation on the ground get worse — selenium levels are rising, fish are dying, Teck has been fined the biggest ever under the Act on Canada’s fisheries and BC fails to regulate its mines. This is an opportunity to find a long-term science-based solution to this complex problem — Canada and British Columbia must respect the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP) and support the call of the Ktunaxa Nation for a referral to the IJC. and explore an Indigenous-led transboundary watershed council for the Kootenay.

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Footnotes :

• “Request for Inquiry into Regulatory Negligence: Canada’s Failure to Control Elk Valley Coal Mine Pollution”, University of Victoria Environmental Law Center
• An Audit of Compliance and Enforcement in British Columbia’s Mining Sector: 2016 Auditor General of British Columbia
• Ktunaxa Press Release: Media Statement on the International Joint Commission Regarding the Kootenay Transboundary Watershed

For media inquiries, contact:
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250.432.5422

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