Canadian mining company granted exploration permit after filing petition with BC Supreme Court despite First Nation concerns for their land

By Rachael Lesosky  Local Journalism Initiative Reporter After an almost two-year-long wait, a Canadian mining company has finally received a mining exploration permit despite concerns from Ktunaxa Nation who’s territory they are working on. Taranis Resources Inc. will continue its explorations of the Thor project near Trout Lake, northeast of Nakusp in Ktunaxa traditional territory. “We’re extremely happy,” John Gardiner, President and CEO of Taranis, told the Valley Voice. “It took two years and about $200,000 in lawyers’ fees to get to this point.” Usually, permits are approved in about three months, he says. The approval comes after the company filed a petition with the BC Supreme Court in October 2023. Gardiner said they believed that First Nations consultation and opposition were holding things up. In the petition, Taranis asked…

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