Tag Archives: Sacred sites

Behind Standing on Sacred Ground

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PM1Christopher McLeod was disturbed by the environmental injustice. He saw Native Americans subjected to airborne coal pollution, and their water being taken for slurry lines. The Hopi elders told him there was a spiritual side to the injustice. These violations were taking place within a network of sacred places that their people had preserved for countless generations. These consisted of a sacred mountain, sacred springs that gave the Hopi life, and their ancestral burial grounds. The elders told him the cause of the West’s environmental crises is the disconnect from their spiritual link to the earth. This has become the message behind Standing on Sacred Ground, a four part documentary which can be seen on the WORLD Channel, Sundays at 9:00 PM (ET) until June 14, 2015.

Continue reading Behind Standing on Sacred Ground

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.

Continue reading Grace Islet’s Salvation Is In Sight

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

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.

Continue reading Barry Slawsky Drops Grace Islet Suit

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.

Continue reading BC Indian Chiefs passed a resolution in support of Grace Islet