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Background Information

The following documents pertaining to the development of Grace Islet are also available within the context of events outlined on the Chronology of Grace Islet page.

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Documents
Letter from Union of BC Indian Chiefs to Minister Thomson Calling for Recognition and Respect for Native Ownership of Graves - Aug 27, 2014
Letter from Penelakut FN Detailing Permit Violations Confirmed by Arch Branch Inspection in Contravention of Building Permit and HCA Guidelines - Aug 26, 2014
Letter from Chief Earl Jack to Arch Branch Detailing Permit Violations - Jul 24, 2014
Comment from Minister Thomson published in the Times Colonist in which he states the province will take no action - Jul 23, 2014
Records from Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations obtained by Archaeologist Eric McLay through the Freedom of Information Act. Date range is August 28, 2006 to April 17, 2014.
Letter from CRD Board of Directors to Minister Thomson urging suspension of alteration permit - Jul 15, 2014
Letter from Chief William Seymour, Cowichan FN to Minister Thomson notifying him of ongoing violations to the terms of the site alteration permit - Jul 14, 2014
Motion Submitted by Ben Isitt to CRD Board of Directors to suspend alteration permit - Jul 9, 2014
Letter from Archaeologist Darcy Mathews to CRD supporting motion submitted by Ben Isitt - Jul 6, 2014
Letter from Archaeologist Eric McLay to CRD supporting motion submitted by Ben Isitt - Jul 4, 2014
Letter from Penelakut FN to CRD supporting motion submitted by Ben Isitt- Jul 3, 2014
Letter from Archaeologist Kris Wilhelmsen to CRD supporting motion submitted by Ben Isitt - Jul 3, 2014
Letter from Arch Branch to Local FN's Approving Extension of Alteration Permit - Sept 17, 2013
Letter from Arch Branch to Local FN Regarding Extension of Site Alteratoin Permit - Aug 2, 2013
Letter from Arch Branch to Local FN's Regarding Options for Preserving Grace Islet Cultural Resources - Aug 2, 2013
Letter from Arch Branch to Local FN's Announcing Extension of Alteration Permit to Allow for Consultation - Aug 2, 2013
Letter from Islands Trust to Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations Advocating Cancellation of Alteration Permit - June 21, 2013
Letter from Penelakut FN to Ministry of Forests, Land and Natural Resource Operations Expressing Opposition to Development - Jun 14, 2013
Letter from Vernon and Ziegler to Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations requesting enforcement of HCA - June 4, 2013
Application by Mr. Slawsky for Alteration Permit Amendment and Extension - May 6, 2013
Letter from Penelakut FN to Arch Branch Again Requesting for Cancellation of Alteration Permit - Apr 23, 2013
Report on the Examination of Disturbed Soils within the Site Boundaries of DfRu-9, Grace Islet, Salt Spring Island, BC. Prepared by Madrone Environmental Services, Ltd. for Mr. Slawsky - Mar 19, 2013
Letter from Penelakut FN to Minister Thomson Requesting Cancellation of HCA 2011-343 Site Alteration Permit - Citing Violations - Aug 30, 2012
Letter from Penelakut FN to local RCMP Requesting Investigation of Violations to HCA and Site Alteration Permit - Jul 31, 2012
Letter from Arch Branch to Local FN's Acknowledging that Mr. Slawsky Violated Terms of the Alteration Permit - Jul 10, 2012
Report of On-site Inspection by Mr. Slawsky et. al. Prompted by Reported Violations to Alteration Permit - Jul 10, 2012
Results of Archaeological Impact Assessment at Grace Islaet. Prepared for Sector Environmental Services Ltd. by The Bastion Group Heritage Consultants - Apr 5, 2010
Letter Report from Hul'qumi'num Treaty Group to Archaeology Branch Regarding Found Human Remains on Grace Islet - Jun 6, 2006 (due to it's sensitive nature this report may only be available from the HTG).



Other Resources
Archaeologist Eric McLay speaks to CBC Radio about Grace Islet - Jun 2014
Grace Islet Floristic Survey, Tara Martin and Paul Linton, May 2014
Bulldozing burial grounds, Briony Penn, Focus Online, Nov 2013
Immortal Landcape: Burial Cairns and Precontact Strait Salish Identity, Darcy Mathews, Northwest Anthropological Conference 2008

Robert Morales, Chief Negotiator of the Hul'qumi'num Treaty Group discussing Grace Islet

Gary Holman, MLA (Saanich North and the Islands) asks Steve Thomson, Minister of Forests, Land and Natural Resource Operations whether he halt development and will work with First Nations to insure that Grace Islet is protected.


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