This is not the first time, surprisingly, that mythical creatures have been used for environmental causes.
Most people consider the sasquatch a legendary creature, but the mythical bush man of northern B.C. received its fair share of attention at environmental review hearings into the proposed New Prosperity gold and copper mine.
While most of the attention focused on more tangible creatures like trout, salmon and grizzly bears, members of First Nations community have repeatedly brought up the sasquatch during community hearings over the past three weeks.
In most cases, the aboriginal speakers talked about the ape-like man in the context of legend, but others treated sasquatches as something the Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency panel should seriously consider. It is studying a proposal by Taseko Mines to construct an open-pit facility about 125 km south of Williams Lake.
Former Esdilagh chief Thomas Billyboy said not only has he noticed grizzly bears leaving the Cariboo – which he attributes to increased development in the region – he said sasquatches have been leaving, too.
I hate to say this isn’t a good argument but it REALLY isn’t a good argument. I’m having trouble with not only the fact that NO Sasquatches have been discovered but that the Natives are seeing this spiritual creature as flesh and blood? Or are they just advocating for protection of the cultural values. It’s confusing. Though, there is mention of sacred locations there is also mention of actual encounters. It’s all just stories. In order to preserve a land for an animal, we have to have established the animal exists. Stories aren’t going to cut it. Nice try but it was taken as a bit of a joke.
Back in the 1990s, Champ of Lake Champlain was used as an environmental symbol to protect the water quality. He still is mentioned today.
Tip: Jeb Card