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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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Barry Slawsky Drops Grace Islet Suit

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PM1Barry Slawsky’s lawyer  filed a notice of discontinuance from his legal suit against the defenders of Grace Islet.  It is clear the brief occupation of the Islet cannot be dismissed as a simple case of trespass. First Nations leaders view this situation as blatant racism on the part of the BC Government, which has refused to protect one of their ancestral burial islets because Slawsky had a building permit.

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BC Indian Chiefs passed a resolution in support of Grace Islet

By Roy L Hales

As you can hear in the video below, the Union of BC Indian Chiefs passed a resolution in support of Grace Islet Burial site. Grand Chief Stewart Phillip made the announcement at a demonstration at the provincial legislature, in Victoria, yesterday. He said the vote was unanimous.

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A Stop Work Order for the Construction on Grace Islet

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PM1Chief Don Tom, of Tsartlip First Nations issued a Stop Work Order for the construction on Grace Islet. A segment of screen fencing, below the high water mark, was removed so that he could land on the First Nations burial islet. The group accompanying him waited for two RCMP constables, who were given a copy of the order. Chief Tom also fastened a copy to the fence above the high water mark.

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Some Might Call it Trespassing

By Roy L Hales

Some might call it trespassing. Others will ask who was trespassing? The 38 people who landed on Grace Islet today? The government that sold a First Nations burial ground without consulting with the previous owners? Or Barry Slawsky, the Alberta businessman who purchased this islet and, fully aware that it is a burial islet,  is now erecting a house there?

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