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GOLD: White River FN want panel review for Goldcorp’s Coffee project



Site of the proposed Coffee gold mine development in the Yukon. (Image: Goldcorp)

YUKON – Although Goldcorp, headquartered in Vancouver, enjoys the support of the Tr’ondëk Hwëch’in community for its proposed Coffee gold development, the White River First Nation (WRFN) insists that the project undergo a full panel review from the Yukon Environmental and Socio-Economic Assessment Board. WRFN has raised major concerns about a new mine in the White Gold district, about 130 km south of Dawson City.

WRFN is particularly concerned about the impact of a mine on caribou herds, given the project’s potential for expansion and an expansive new network of major roads.

The WRFN traditional territory dates to 1990 when the nation official became a government. The claim to the territory, supported by historic and current use information, goes far back before the involvement of Goldcorp or Kaminak Gold, the original discoverer acquired by Goldcorp in 2016, says the First Nation.

WRFN legal counsel Robert Freedman said, “We have raised important regulatory issues that reflect WRFN’s unique aboriginal rights assertions in this area. There are recent legal precedents such as the Clyde River case, germane to WRFN and this project, that are not being adequately addressed by the Crown and regulatory bodies.”

Freedman can be reached at 250-893-3883.

Or visit www.Goldcorp.com for details of the proposed Coffee development.