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First Nations officially take over B.C. Hydro lands in Rock Bay – Times Colonist

July 27, 2022

“This means so much to our people,” said Esquimalt Chief Robert Thomas, “to be able to share in the economic benefits of this land is going to be a beautiful thing for both nations.”

The chiefs of the Songhees and Esquimalt First Nations made official the purchase of 4.5 acres of their traditional lands in Rock Bay from B.C. Hydro on Tuesday, a land sale decades in the making.

It started with conversations the chiefs’ late uncles, former Songhees chief Robert Sam and former Esquimalt chief Andy Thomas, had with B.C. Hydro years ago.

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