Paddler approaches Grace Islet with mansion being built during a protest in August 2014. Photo: Rabble.ca, Gary McNutt.
B.C. gov’t and partners acquire property from private owner who was building a home atop graves
By Sarah Petrusco, The Province,January 15, 2015
The B.C. government announced Thursday it will buy the controversial Grace Islet property, where a luxury home was being built over a First Nations burial ground.
The purchase is in a partnership with First Nations and the Nature Conservancy of Canada.
“It can sometimes be challenging to balance the need to protect archeological sites while respecting private property rights. I want to thank all parties for agreeing to work together on a solution,” B.C. Forests Minister Steve Thomson said in a press release.