Members of First Nations say B.C. Bulletin Ignores Cultural Disturbance

Travis Fortnum
03/12/2019

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Members of the Wet'suwet'en First Nation say a "cryptic" bulletin from British Columbia's energy regulator ignores the role that a pipeline company has played in disturbing a cultural site where Indigenous artifacts were found.

The B.C. Oil and Gas Commission says in the bulletin that stone artifacts found at Coastal GasLink's contentious work site were likely not in their original location since they weren't found in a type of soil that would typically contain cultural artifacts.

It says the archaeology branch of the provincial Forestry Ministry is working to return the stone artifacts to the appropriate Indigenous communities.

Members of the nation's Unist'ot'en house say bulldozers had heavily disturbed some artifacts and said any archaeological work done on their territory should include members of the nation. 

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