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Alleged logging on ancient B.C. First Nation burial site prompts province to investigate – CBC

Former shíshálh Nation band councillor discovered the damage during visit to the site last week

Mar 02, 2021

Officials with the B.C. government are investigating alleged logging at a registered archeological site near the Sunshine Coast community of Sechelt, believed to be an ancient shíshálh Nation burial site with about 200 cairns, or stone mounds.

Robert Joe, a former shíshálh Nation band councillor, and his partner discovered felled trees around the site during a visit last week. Joe filed a complaint with the Ministry of Forests, Lands, and Natural Resource Operations on Thursday.

He occasionally visits the site on the east side of Sechelt Inlet to show summer camp students the burial mounds, and teach them about the nation’s culture and history, but Joe hadn’t paid a visit in about a year and a half.

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