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Highway construction threatens archaeological sites

Highway construction in Vancouver may destroy two first nations burial sites.

Plaintiffs Bertha Williams and William Burnstick, represented by lawyer Jay Straith, charge that the government has known since 2006 that the road could damage ancient burial grounds dating back as far as 8,000 years, and yet it is proceeding anyway.

“Construction of the SFPR will impact both intact and disturbed archeological deposits. … The potential to encounter both intact and disturbed cultural deposits, including human remains, is high,” states a government archeology and environmental assessment report prepared in September 2006.

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Story: Tracy Sherlock, Vancouver Sun | Photo: Les Bazso, PNG, Vancouver Sun

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