What Matters In Our Valley (WMIOV) was founded in 2017 by a group of Telkwa and other Bulkley Valley reside​nts who share a deep commitment to the conservation of our rivers, water, fish, wildlife, air and the quality of life in our exceptional area. Our current goals are:

  • to inform the public about the implications to our valley of the proposed Telkwa coal mine, and
  • to protect the interests of the  environment, the economy, and the social fabric of the community of Telkwa and the Bulkley Valley.

Mission Statement

What Matters In Our Valley cares about the social, environmental, and economic health of the Bulkley Valley. At this time we are reviewing the proposed Telkwa Coal Project.



UPDATE on Environmental Assessment Process

 (September 23, 2019)

On September 10, 2019, Telkwa Coal Limited (TCL) requested that the Environmental Assessment Office (EAO) suspend the environmental assessment (EA) for the Tenas Coal Project until April 30, 2020. This suspension is voluntary on the part of the company. TCL’s correspondence is available on the EAO’s Electronic Project Information Centre at: TCL Letter to EAO. In response to the request, the EAO has agreed to suspend the Tenas Coal Project EA until April 30, 2020. 

The EAO anticipates that public, Working Group and Indigenous review of a draft Application Information Requirements document will be conducted in Spring 2020 when the EA resumes.


A small organizing group meets monthly to keep up to date with the current happenings regarding the proposed Telkwa coal mine. We will plan informative evenings regarding concerns with key issues incl. water and air pollution, concerns with fish habitat, caribou and other wildlife, noise, haul road and loading site issues. We also have a group of active supporters who don't attend regular meetings but help and volunteer when events are planned. Whether you help through volunteering your time, or spreading our mission through word-of-mouth, thank you. We couldn't accomplish our goals without the help of supporters like you. 

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There are so many ways to support our mission. Contact us to find out more about volunteer opportunities, fundraising events, and ways to get our message to your friends and family.

What Matters In Our Valley