Imperial No More is a movement led by a coalition of the Secwepemc, Tla-o-qui-aht, Ahousaht, Wet’suwet’en, and Tahltan First Nations. Imperial No More is calling for an end to all mining and extraction operations of the Imperial Metals Corporation on the unceded indigenous lands of so-called British Columbia.
On August 4th 2014, The Secwepemc Nation established the Yuct Ne Senxiymetkwe Camp, a monitoring checkpoint and encampment at the entrance of the Imperial Metals’ Mount Polley Mine. The site of this mine is now notorious for the unfolding of the largest environmental disaster in British Columbia’s history – the damn to the mine’s tailings pond broke and unleashed 2.5 billion gallons of contaminated water and 4.5 million cubic metres of metals laden silt into Hazeltine Creek, Polley Lake and Quesnel Lake on the way to the Fraser River Watershed. The checkpoint and camp began with the lighting of a sacred fire to call and strengthen people of all nations to stand up for the water, the land, the salmon and all of the other animals effected by the spill.
Since August of 2014, Imperial No More has grown into an international movement of resistance and solidarity with the goal of shutting down Imperial Metals’ operations and strengthening indigenous sovereignty and solidarity.
Read the Yuct Ne Senxiymetkwe Camp Initial Assessment Report on Imperial Metals Mount Polley Mine Tailings Storage Facility Breach for more information.