A British Columbia First Nations woman who spearheaded the fight against a multibillion-dollar gold mine is one of this year’s recipients of the richest environmental award in the world.
Marilyn Baptiste will be honoured tonight with the Goldman Environmental Prize, a $175,000 award handed out annually to six grassroots activists around the world.
Baptiste, the former chief of the Xeni Gwet’in First Nation in the B.C. Interior, is being recognized for her work against the New Prosperity gold and copper mine proposed by Taseko Mines Ltd.
“At first of course it was ‘no, no, I’m good. Find someone else,’” she says with a laugh.
But the award is shining an international spotlight on her community and their cause, she says.
“These kinds of recognitions do help in our campaign and our fight.”
Taseko has twice applied for environmental approval to mine what is believed to be the tenth-largest gold deposit in the world, located in the traditional territory of the Tsilhqot’in Nations 550Read More »from B.C. First Nations woman to receive world's richest enviro prize for mine fight