First Nations groups are coming together to help defend against a mining companies defamation lawsuit.

This stems from statements made by the non-profit BC Wilderness Committee back in 2012.

Taseko Mines had originally proposed the construction of a mine within Tsilhqot’in territory about 270 Km west of 100-mile house where a fish habitat also happens to be and was quickly shut down by the federal government for unnecessary risks to the environment and Aboriginal rights.

President of the Union of BC Indian Chiefs, Stewart Phillip, believes this renewed effort by the company is a refusal to accept the government’s decision.

“I’m thinking that the mining company, Taseko Mines Limited, is attempting to have yet a 3rd hearing on this issue of the viability of their conceived proposal through the courts.”

The lawsuit is taking place in a Vancouver courtroom for the next two weeks, with Chief Phillip and other First Nations groups coming together to show support for the Wilderness Committee.