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Wow! We asked and you delivered yet again. Since we wrote last week, 67 readers have stepped up to pay the travel expenses for a reporter and photographer to travel to a large proposed Indigenous protected area in northern B.C. Thank you so much for making this assignment possible!

Our B.C. reporter Sarah Cox had quite a trip and even got to witness the Indigenous land guardians putting out a forest fire while she was there (as seen above!). We can't wait to bring you the full story in the next few weeks, but in the meantime, we've got another incredible feature from Tsilhqot'in territory in central B.C. for you this week.

Reporter Judith Lavoie and photographer Louis Bockner travelled to the territory to get an inside look at the nation's decades-long fight against Taseko Mines. The company wants to build a gold and copper mine in an area considered "as sacred as a church" by the Tsilhqot'in people.

The Tsilhqot'in Nation won a precedent-setting case in 2014, when the Supreme Court of Canada ruled the nation held Aboriginal title to almost 1,800 kilometres of land in central B.C., southwest of Williams Lake.

“We have always owned this land. Everywhere you look belongs to us. The land is who we are as Tsilhqot’in people,” Chief Jimmy Lulua told The Narwhal.

“This is not B.C., this is not Canada. The jurisdiction is ours."

Read 'This is not Canada': inside the Tsilqot'in Nation's battle against Taseko Mines.

And keep scrolling for another on-the-ground feature on the battle for Haida Gwaii's cedars and more.

Emma Gilchrist
Editor-in-chief

‘This is not Canada’: inside the Tsilhqot’in Nation’s battle against Taseko Mines

By Judith Lavoie

A proposed copper and gold mine has been rejected twice by the federal government for its impacts on Fish Lake, an area considered sacred by the Tsilhqot’in. But B.C.’s mining laws allow the company to move ahead with exploration work anyway. That doesn’t square with Tsilhqot’in law and the community says it won’t back down. Read more.

The battle for Haida Gwaii’s cedars

By Ben Parfitt

On islands renowned for their towering trees, the cedars that define Haida culture are being cut down, triggering renewed opposition to logging on the archipelago — where some of the most important battles for Indigenous rights and forest protection were first fought. Read more.

In the age of misinformation, advocates call for Canadians to vote for science

By Jimmy Thomson

As U.S. President Donald Trump attempts to slash science budgets south of the border, a coalition of organizations is campaigning for Canadians to put science on the agenda of this fall’s federal election. Read more.

Acid rain: it’s not over yet for this tiny shrimp

By Brian Owens

Ecosystems have bounced back remarkably well from the environmental scourge of the ’70s and ’80s, but Canadian scientists are finding impacts to the food chain remain. Read more.

The Narwhal in the world Hat tip to our friends over at The Walrus for featuring Jimmy Thomson's piece on Indigenous Knowledge and the Future of Science. Quality journalism + tusked ocean mammal friends = ❤️ Season 2 of the Future Ecologies podcast features our very own Sarah Cox! This episode is about an endangered species that relies on a lichen diet — a diet that is disappearing as fast as the old growth forest in British Columbia. Have a listen

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