The Desecration of Grace Islet

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Originally Broadcast on Cortes Community Radio, CKTZ, 89.5 FM

Audio from Tuesday, July 8, from 12:00 – 12:30 pm: “Desecration of Grace Islet”

https://soundcloud.com/the-ecoreport/grace-islet

B.C. Green Party leader Adam Olsen
B.C. Green Party leader Adam Olsen

Grace Islet is a recognized centuries old First Nations burial ground on Salt Spring Island BC, that is zoned residential. In an attempt to satisfy both concerns, British Columbia’s Archaeology Branch decided to allow an Alberta businessman to build his waterfront vacation home on Grace Islet providing he put it on stilts that go over the grave sites.

The story includes excerpts from an interview with Adam Olsen, the interim Leader of BC’s Green Party. To learn more about Mr Olsen, or his position on Grace Islet, Click on this link

A coalition of Salt Spring residents and First nations put this press release out an hour before the program aired:

CRD Board of Directors to vote on GRACE ISLET motion July 9th Tuesday July 8, 2014

Saltspring Island, BC – Salt Spring Island residents and surrounding First Nations are sounding the alarm regarding the pouring of concrete footings for the controversial luxury house over a First Nations Cemetery on Grace Islet, in Ganges Harbour, Salt Spring Island. Immediate action is needed to suspend the alteration permit issued by the archaeology branch of the Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations (FLNRO) and concerned citizens are urging the CRD to add an ‘Emergent Motion’ to their Wednesday July 9th agenda. Representatives from Hul’qumi’num and Saanich Nation Bands, Gary Holman NDP MLA, Elizabeth May MP and local Salt Spring governing representatives, along with many local Saltspring residents are in full support of the ‘Emergent Motion’ put forward by CRD director Ben Isitt, to have Minister Steve Thomson (FLNRO) “…suspend the alteration permit issued for Grace Islet, to allow consultation and negotiations to proceed between First Nations, the Provincial Government and the landowner to ensure protection of this First Nations cultural heritage site.”

Salt Spring Islanders and First Nations are reaching out to residents of the Capital Regional District to voice their concerns to the CRD board of directors.

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