Jade is mined from mountainsides or through placer mining, a smaller-scale excavation ranging from old-style gold panning to digging in and around riverbeds for deposits of minerals washed away over time.
B.C.’s consultation with the nation over jade mining permit applications has been “minimal,” Day said, and in recent years the nation has expressed opposition to new permits and the industry overall.
Ten jade mining permits remain active in Tahltan territory, the ministry said, while 34 are inactive after operating between 2015 and 2019. Another seven permits are not being used because the operators’ certificates are suspended, it said.
In response to the Tahltan’s concerns, B.C. has stopped issuing some permits and says it is in negotiations with the Tahltan about further mining restrictions.