Highland Valley Copper

Highland Valley Copper Mine: The Facts

  • Located on Hwy 97C, 17 km west of the District of Logan
    Lake and 75 km west of Kamloops (15 km west of LNIB Pipseul Reserve)
  • One of the largest open pit copper mines in the world in terms of tonnage mined and milled (accounts for 1.0% of global copper production)
  • Ships copper to US, Europe, Asia and South America
  • Employs approximately 1300 people, paying approximately $214 million (2015) per year in wage, salary and benefits
  • As of 2013, 29% of land disturbed by mining operations so far has been re-vegetated

The story of the Highland Valley Copper Mine

1914

Minerals discovered in traditional Nlaka’pamux territory around the site of present day HVC mine

1962–64

Digging begins at sites around present day
HVC mine

1986

Three separate mines in Highland Valley formed HVC Partnership and joined operations (Teck Resources is the current majority owner)

1990s

First environmental reclamation efforts

2000s

First agreements with some but not all Nlaka’pamux bands

2013

LNIB and HVC enter into a negotiation agreement to support their negotiation of a long term participation agreement

LNIB members have been living with the impacts of mining activities in our traditional territory for decades. We are now working towards an agreement with the Highland Valley Copper (HVC) Mine.

This agreement would allow us to assert our control and jurisdiction over our traditional territory; HVC would be bound by the terms that we set out and address:

  • Environmental Protection
  • Procurement and Employment
  • Management
  • Economic Development Opportunities/Financial Compensation

Our relationship moving forward with HVC

  • This Agreement will be a commitment to a cooperative relationship from both sides until the mine closes, not a payment for past issues.
  • Because the Agreement does not address past issues, we are not “signing away” rights to seek payment for what happened in the past.

So what does “a cooperative relationship,” mean?

  • Constant open communication between LNIB and HVC.
  • Sharing in the financial benefits of the mine.
  • Making sure HVC follows all environmental commitments.
  • Working groups composed of LNIB and HVC members.
  • Environmental working group
  • Contracting and Employment working group
  • Committee to monitor LNIB’s and HVC’s progress following the agreement
  • Funding to support the working groups to achieve their goals.

If you would like more information about this project, check out the HVC related recent news or email askus@lnib.net.