Stand for Water, a project of First Nations Women Advocating Responsible Mining (FNWARM), is a movement to raise awareness of the threats mining operations pose to waterways throughout British Columbia and across the boundary into Alaska, Washington, Idaho and Montana.
Stand for Water is crossing British Columbia and northwestern United States, meeting with concerned communities about the impacts of extractive industries, in particular mining projects. Along with local Indigenous leaders, we aim to build on the collaboration struck in the Tulalip Water Protection Declaration and work together to incorporate free, prior, and informed consent principles under the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.
Canada has more mine tailings spills that any other country in the world, except China.
Without significant changes to the current mining practices, British Columbia alone can expect two tailings dam failures every 10 years. Mining is a fact of life, but current practices are threatening clean water necessary for sustaining life. Stand for Water is about changing outdated mining practices that harm the environment, while respecting Indigenous and impacted communities.