In filing a title claim in B.C. Supreme Court to lands owned by KGHM Ajax, the Tk’emlups and Skeetchestn Indian bands have started what may become a precedent-setting court case.

The bands this week filed for title to Jacko Lake and the adjacent area south of Aberdeen in the latest move to officially object to plans by KGHM Ajax to develop the area for its proposed copper and gold mine.

The two bands, who are known by the name Stk’emlupsemc of the Secwepemc Nation (SSN), made a Declaration of Title on June 21 at Jacko Lake, which they call Pípsell.

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