Category Archives: Sacred Sites

A Genealogist Looks At Autosomal DNA Testing

By Roy L Hales

How much faith can we put in elaborate DNA based family trees that stretch back to a long vanished epoch in Africa? Have these tests shown themselves to be accurate when checked against genealogies based on written records? What does it look like when a genealogist looks at autosomal DNA testing.

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Alberta To Return Indigenous Sacred Objects

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PM1When Alberta introduced Canada’s first reparation Act, in 2000, it prompted the quick return of of 251 sacred objects. There have been approximately 40 addition agreements since then, resulting in the return hundreds of objects to the Blackfoot First Nation. The “new” Bill 22 appears to go further, authorizing Alberta to return Indigenous sacred objects in provincial collections.

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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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From An Era When First Nation’s People Were Regarded As Savages

The ECOreport looks at the situation on Grace Islet & sees that  British Columbia’s Cemetery Act descends from an era when First Nations were regarded as savages.

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PM1The construction you see above occurred because the government refused to intervene after the owner took out the right permit. It was built on Grace Islet, a recognized First Nation’s burial site in Ganges Harbour, Salt Spring Island. This could not have happened in a white graveyard. It is only possible because British Columbia’s Cemetery Act descends from an era when First Nations were regarded as savages.
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