March 22, 2023

Podcast! Gitxaala Nation’s challenge from the perspective of a pro-FPIC miner

Tony Fogarassy of First Tellurium Corp.

Ruben interviews Tony Fogarassy, chairperson of First Tellurium Corp., about responsible mining in the age of UNDRIP. First Tellurium is an intervenor in Gitxaala Nation’s challenge to how the Mineral Tenure Act regime grants mineral claims without Indigenous consultation. Ruben and Tony discuss:

  • How it’s good business to build relationships and get consent from First Nations before staking mineral claims
  • The importance of respecting the governance rights and title of First Nations on whose territory miners wish to explore
  • How major mineral purchasers and the Initiative for Responsible Mining Assurance (IRMA) are promoting UNDRIP rights and Free, Prior and Informed Consent as a global industry standard

Tune in to our 2nd podcast leading up to the April 3 hearing below!