by Kathy Santini - Cowichan News Leader Pictorial
The Cowichan Tribes joined other First Nations on Saltspring Island June 21, National Aboriginal Day, to protest the building of a house they say is being built on an ancient burial ground.
Salt Spring Islanders for Justice and Reconciliation and Salt Spring Residents for Responsible Land Use joined with local Coast Salish First Nations to stop what they call the desecration of Grace islet.
"To put a house on stilts over top of our burial ground is beyond disrespectful, not only of our rights, but of our culture, our ancestors and our people," said the Cowichan Tribes Chief, William C. Seymour.
The group says it did so in support of its unceded rights: the right to their land, to bury their dead and to have their deceased and their ancient cemeteries given the same respect as other Canadian citizens.