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Edmonton gondola route could disturb historic burial grounds, land sacred to Indigenous peoples – Edmonton Journal

Aug 10, 2022

The route for a proposed gondola across Edmonton’s North Saskatchewan River would be built on historic sites and the chief of Papaschase First Nation worries traditional burial grounds would be disturbed.

A council committee is set to review a conditional agreement with Prairie Sky Gondola (PSG) Wednesday morning to lease and licence public land for about $1.125 million annually for 30 years, and up to 90 years. The approximate 2.5-kilometre route would run from Downtown to Old Strathcona with five stations.

One proposed station is in the Rossdale neighbourhood just north of the river. The proposed alignment shows several towers that would be built on or near historic sites already identified by the city and province, and provincially registered cultural resources, including what’s known as the Fort Edmonton Cemetery. Human remains were unwittingly dug up multiple times during excavation in the area since the 1970s.

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