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Purchase of islet saves B.C. First Nations burial site

Paddler approaches Grace Islet with mansion being built during a protest in August 2014.  Photo: Rabble.ca, Gary McNutt.

Paddler approaches Grace Islet with mansion being built during a protest in August 2014. Photo: Rabble.ca, Gary McNutt.

B.C. gov’t and partners acquire property from private owner who was building a home atop graves

Native group lays claim to Stanley Park, Galiano and Saltspring Islands

The tiny Hwlitsum band was formed in 2000 after its chief, Rocky Wilson (pictured here), won a 15-year Supreme Court fight to regain his full Indian status. Photograph by: Ian Lindsay , Vancouver Sun files

The small Hwlitsum band was formed in 2000 after its chief, Rocky Wilson (pictured here), won a 15-year Supreme Court fight to regain his full Indian status.
Photograph by: Ian Lindsay , Vancouver Sun files

MARK HUME, The Globe and Mail, Dec 9 2014

Large pieces of Stanley Park, Galiano Island and Saltspring Island are being claimed by a small Indian band that has largely been ignored in British Columbia, although its main village once came under fire from the British Navy.

In a notice of claim filed in the Supreme Court of British Columbia, Chief Raymond Wilson and a group he identifies as the Hwlitsum First Nation seek the return of key lands and financial compensation for loss of access to what it claims as its traditional territory. Read the rest of this entry