As the time for the public consultation draws closer regarding the proposed Taseko Prosperity Copper mine we each need to be asking ourselves where do we stand on this very controversial issue?
If we drive any vehicle, live in a dwelling with electric wiring, equip our home with plumbing, or a heating system, we are consumers of copper. If we use a computer or devices like hand held iPads or iPods or mobile phones, we are consumers of copper. If we watch television or listen to a radio, or hunt with a rifle, we are consumers of copper.
If we have an all terrain vehicle or a snow machine, we are consumers of copper. If we trap or fish, we are consumers of copper. If we shop at stores or markets or use any money, we use copper.
Even if we live off the grid using solar energy, water or wind power we use copper. If in our home there is any device that has been manufactured, we use copper. If we live within any resemblance to community supplied services we are consumers of copper. If we need medical care we are consumers of copper. Should we be against the development of a copper mine when we are so dependent upon copper in our lives, here I am reminded of the scripture where Jesus asks of the those condemning a woman for her so called sin, “Let he who among you that is without sin cast the first stone.”
Certainly there are those in this world that do not use copper or in fact do not use any manufactured goods at all and prefer not to come in contact with what is called western society. Most are found in isolated pockets around the world, they have not contaminated their rights to their claim to existence, by receiving gifts from governments or churches or in fact society as whole. If we can somehow swear off, and turn our backs and abolish the use of copper, maybe we can, as the saying goes, cast the first stone.
Failing that, we need economic development to attract people, especially children to our communities to keep our schools open. And as a reminder to Chief Joe Alphonse, create job opportunities, as he says he wants to do.