Petition: Expropriate Grace Islet to protect the First Nations burial ground

Grace Islet July 12 2014

The government of British Columbia has refused to show leadership to protect the First Nations burial ground at Grace Islet in Ganges Harbour, Salt Spring Island electoral area, where construction of a private residence is underway;

Archaeological impact assessments confirm the presence of rock cairns and human remains at the site, consistent with the oral testimony of elders of the W̱SÁNEĆ and Hul'qumi'num Nations;

Local governments have the authority under the Expropriation Act to acquire property for public purposes and fairly compensate the owner;

THEREFORE WE, THE UNDERSIGNED, call on the Capital Regional District Board to show leadership and a genuine commitment to establishing a new relationship with First Nations by acquiring the property known as Grace Islet in Ganges Harbour, for the public purpose of protecting the First Nations burial ground, with fair-market compensation provided to the owner under the provisions of the Expropriation Act.


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  • John Chapman
    commented 2014-08-01 11:26:42 -0700
    How shallow for the minister to disallow the importance of this burial ground because it was not registered as a cemetery. Our government is illustrating time after time the superficiality of their management and thinking.