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Anthropologist says corporate-world culture clash behind Taseko letter

It's a classic case of culture clash.

According to Taseko mines president, Russell Hallbauer, First Nation spiritual and cultural concerns have no place at environmental hearings looking into his company's proposed Prosperity Mine.

He thinks the review panel should only consider "scientific" or "objective" evidence.

Hallbauer outlined his views in a letter to federal environment minister, Peter Kent, which was recently made public.

To give some perspective on this clash of worldviews, Daybreak host Chris Walker reached Charles Menzies, an associate professor of anthropology at the University of British Columbia, where he specializes in natural resource policy and studies natural resource dependent communities.
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