Say it ain't sooooooooooooo ... (this mine is a heartbreaker)

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The Yukon is developing something of a reputation for its abandoned mines.

The Narwhal previously reported on the abandoned Faro mine, considered to be the second-worst contaminated site in all of Canada.

But there's a new bad kid on the block: the Wolverine mine.

Earlier this month The Narwhal sent contributor Lori Fox to a stuffy room in the Yukon Supreme Court to listen in on the government's argument that they're owed an outstanding $25 million to cover the costs of the now-flooded mine's maintenance and clean up.

The mine, which only operated for a paltry three years, was run by Yukon Zinc, owned by Jinduicheng Canada Resources Corp., a private Chinese company. They're in court too, but arguing they don't owe the Yukon a dime.

The Wolverine mine now joins a long list of the North's 'zombie mines' and the growing burden they represent to taxpayers.

As readers of The Narwhal know well, B.C. also has a problem with abandoned mines and their costly reclamation price tags.

Recently we (actually you, our generous readers!) sent a journalist to document the infamous Tulsequah Chief mine that has been leaching acid mine drainage into local waterways for more than half a century. We also sent a team out to the site of Vancouver Island's Mount Washington mine, which, like Wolverine, operated for only three years but left devastating impacts on a local river and its salmon population in its wake.

For such a small team, we really get around, huh?

As always, we have so much more for you this week. Please read on and be sure to forward this email to a friend or two!

Thanks for reading,

Emma Gilchrist

Yukon seeks $25 million in outstanding cleanup fees from owners of shuttered, contaminated Wolverine mine

By Lori Fox

After operating for just three years, Yukon Zinc, owned by a private Chinese company, left the territory with unpaid security deposits and a flooded mine site, polluted with cadmium, selenium, copper and lead. Read more.

‘A foot on both sides of the line’: Q&A with Indigenous MLA Adam Olsen on Wet’suwet’en conflict

By Stephanie Wood

Passing through a solidarity blockade to enter the B.C. legislature was ‘devastating’ for Olsen who says even now he refuses to give up on the power of reconciliation. Read more.

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By Sharon J. Riley

As the mining giant walks away from its controversial open-pit project proposal, nearly a decade in the making, some say the news is proof of the oilsands’ end. But the Alberta resource, home of 96 per cent of Canada’s oil reserves, may not be going away any time soon. Read more.

B.C. partners with First Nations to create new park in habitat for endangered caribou herds, threatened species

By Sarah Cox

A new deal signed by the federal and provincial governments and West Moberly and Saulteau First Nations will see the creation of a new Indigenous Guardians program that will monitor six at-risk caribou herds in the Peace region, which is ground zero for resource development in the province. Read more.

Canada loves the rule of law (unless we’re talking Indigenous rights)

By Jennifer Ditchburn

For the vast majority of this country's history, the rules have been flagrantly broken when it comes to Indigenous land and rights. Read more. The Narwhal in the world Thanks to The Intercept for the shoutout to our recent investigation by Martin Lukacs and Shiri Pasternak that uncovered documents showing how industry and government sought the ‘surrender’ of Indigenous land rights in the wake of the precedent-setting Delgamuukw decision.

We're big fans of The Intercept, and are happy to see our Wet'suwet'en coverage getting international attention.

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