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Grace Islet’s Salvation Is In Sight

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PM1Grace Islet’s Salvation is in sight. Steve Thomson, Minister of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource, announced the Province is partnering with local First Nations and the Nature Conservancy of Canada to preserve the First Nations burial site.  Though negotiations with the owner have not concluded, many are are celebrating a victory.

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Blockading Grace Islet

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PM1The photo above, and videos below, were all taken during a blockade of Grace Islet, on Salt Spring Island, on August 1.  Grace Islet is a recognized First Nations burial islet but, thanks to a series of beaurocratic foul-ups, it was zoned residential and a house is being built there. This would not be allowed if those were European graves, but this is British Columbia and the burials are First Nations.

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The Capital Regional District Might Expropriate Grace Islet

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PMBritish Columbia’s Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource will not intervene to protect the recognized First Nation’s burial site on Salt Spring Island, but the Capital Regional District might expropriate Grace Islet. Continue reading The Capital Regional District Might Expropriate Grace Islet

CRD Requests that Permit for Grace Island be Suspended

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PM1The Provincial Government just got a (political) black eye at Grace Islet, on Salt Spring Island. The Ministry of Forest Lands and Natural Resources Operations Archaeology Branch approved an alteration permit that would have allowed someone to build his vacation home over a recognized First Nation’s burial site. Capital Regional District (CRD) passed a resolution stating this is a desecration of first Nation’s Remains which came about because of the Archaeology Branch’s failure adequately consult with First Nations. This problem should be solved through negotiation. CRD Requests that Permit for Grace Island be Suspended

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The Desecration of Grace Islet

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Originally Broadcast on Cortes Community Radio, CKTZ, 89.5 FM

Audio from Tuesday, July 8, from 12:00 – 12:30 pm: “Desecration of Grace Islet”
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