Also, in case this FAQ is published in a book, on a CD-ROM or similar, a minimum of one free copy of the final product delivered to the author free of any charge is required for permission to use anything from this document.These services are also available for nonprofit or charitable groups.This includes potential access to federal resources through their fiduciary obligation to First Nations land. should stop stalling and should conclude agreements with First Nations under Section 4 of the HCA so First Nations can manage their sites whether these sites are on private lands or not. Over the years this group has been working diligently to resolve issues with First Nations heritage conservation. If the province would support these efforts, the conflict could be resolved at Grace Islet and provide a model for everyone working together.

native american burial sites dating back-79

We proudly serve our neighbors in Collingwood, Kincardine, Port Elgin, and Wiarton.

First Nations burial sites on private property are front and center again.

We see the same tragic and unnecessary story unfolding at Grace Islet. However, recent photos show cement foundations and walls built on top of three of the burial cairns. passed the Indian Graves Ordinance protecting “Indian Graves” from disturbance by settlement and claiming ownership of burials as “property of the Crown.” Under federal law and policy, burial sites were supposed to be protected as Indian reserves but most were not. Suspending permits gives the developer more incentive to work with the First Nations to find solutions.

Obviously, there is no provincial monitoring and the permits are “toothless.” No charges have been laid for the violation of the permits. parceled out private property over top of First Nations’ burial grounds. With Grace Islet he has refused to use these powers.

It is time to move past old prejudices dressed up in tired legal arguments.

None of us should accept the proposition that it is ok to bulldoze First Nation burial sites just because they are not technically considered “cemeteries” under provincial law.

For example, the trial judge stated “Xexti is a Tsilhqot’in burial place near Xexti Biny (Nemiah Lake). generations of Setah family members are said to be buried at this site dating back to Old Sit’ax (Louie Setah).” We further expect at the Sept.

11 meeting between Premier Clark, her cabinet and B. chiefs that substantial dialogue will occur with respect to the implementation of the Tsilhqot’in decision and the provincial government’s approach to Aboriginal title territories and protection of First Nation heritage sites.

It’s time for all British Columbians to recognize that First Nation burial sites are owned by First Nations and that First Nations have duties under their own traditional laws to respect and protect their ancestors.