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White River First Nation calls for more thorough review

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Chief Angela Demit says the community supports mining, but the review is moving too quickly.

On the heels of Goldcorp's Collaboration Agreement with the Tr'ondëk Hwëch'in First Nation in Dawson, the White River First Nation in Beaver Creek is requesting the Coffee Gold project go through the highest environmental review in the territory.

White River says it will be submitting formal requests for the project south of Dawson and on their traditional territory go through the Yukon Environmental and Socio-economic Assessment Board's panel review.

The First Nation says it's particularly concerned about the impact of Coffee's expansion, and development of a major road network on caribou herds.

Chief Angela Demit says while White River is supportive of responsible mining, they are worried the assessment process is being pushed along too quickly.

The only project to go through a panel review is Western Copper and Gold's Casino Project, which is in the process of submitting a statement to the board by the end of the year before the review begins.

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