To: Government of British Columbia

ACQUIRE GRACE ISLET TO PROTECT THE FIRST NATIONS CEMETERY

ACQUIRE GRACE ISLET TO PROTECT THE FIRST NATIONS CEMETERY

Calling on the Government of British Columbia to exercise its powers under the Heritage Conservation Act to acquire title to the property known as Grace Islet in Ganges Harbour, Salt Spring Island, for the purpose of protecting the First Nations burial ground and allowing remediation, stewardship and ceremonial use to occur.

Why is this important?

The construction of a private residence at Grace Islet in Ganges Harbour off Salt Spring Island is resulting in the desecration of a First Nations burial ground; archaeological evidence confirms 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, and; the Government of British Columbia through its Minister has the authority under the Heritage Conservation Act, Section 20 (1) (a) to acquire property to protect First Nations heritage sites;

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Reasons for signing

  • Take humane action B C government. You have authority to do so.
  • No more land grabs! This sacred land should be deeded back to first peoples.
  • Respect our land and the heritage of the people who lived and died there.

Updates

2014-10-05 21:12:03 -0400

1,000 signatures reached

2014-09-04 15:38:33 -0400

500 signatures reached

2014-08-29 00:46:54 -0400

100 signatures reached

2014-08-28 23:14:12 -0400

50 signatures reached

2014-08-28 21:33:30 -0400

25 signatures reached

2014-08-28 19:47:47 -0400

10 signatures reached