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Chinese-Canadian group wants gravesites preserved, creation of museum

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Canadian Press

VANCOUVER, B.C. — A Chinese-Canadian group is lobbying the B.C. government to protect burial sites in much the same way that aboriginal burial grounds are preserved.

Bill Chu of Canadians for Reconciliation says Chinese gravesites in the Fraser Canyon and other areas have been destroyed by highway and railroad construction.

Bill Chu has not been keeping up. Aboriginal burial grounds in BC are NOT protected. The BC government and Translink are both actively destroying burial sites. A Golden Ears Bridge approach road is cutting through a Katzie site where which has archaeological evidence of ancient farming practices far earlier than enything else ever found. The site work weas hardly started before the bulldozers rolled in. The South Faser Perimeter Road will similarly go through at least three known burial sites (St Mungo and Glenrose) and no-one knows how many others since the shore of the Fraser has been settled since time immemorial and the banks of the river used to shift around before Europeans came and dyked them.

I greatly understand Bill Chu’s aims, but if he wants to protect Chinese grave sites he is going to need a much better standard the current BC government’s policy for First Nations sites.

Written by Stephen Rees

August 10, 2008 at 10:42 am

Posted in Environment, Gateway

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