Native group blocks trucks from accessing Sumas Mountain mines

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ABBOTSFORD, B.C. — Trucks trying to access Sumas Mountain faced a blockade yesterday, erected by members of the Sumas First Nation.

The Native group is opposing the addition of more mines on Sumas Mountain, saying it is fed up with the increasing volumes of truck traffic moving through Band land to access the mines. The Golden Mineral project was the main target of the protest, which is to be located next to the entrance of Sumas Mountain Regional Park.

One band member said nearly 200 gravel trucks passed through the area one morning over the course of a six-hour period.

"Our moms and babies are walking across this road, our pre-school is beside the road, and these commercial trucks are placing our people in danger," Sumas Band Chief, Bea Silver, tells local media.

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