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Landmark agreement to protect 45 sacred sites across Stó:lō territory a first for B.C. – Tofino-Ucluelet Westerly News

Aug. 31, 2022

‘This is a major step forward for First Nations heritage conservation in B.C,’ says Stó:lō chief

It’s a landmark agreement to protect 45 sacred Stó:lō sites on Crown Land across Stó:lō Nation territory that marks a first in B.C.

The sacred, spiritual and ceremonial sites of the Stó:lō people, such as transformation sites, or cemeteries, have now acquired legal recognition, and protection under the Heritage Conservation Act.

Aitchlitz chief Angie Bailey, spokesperson for the S’ólh Téméxw Stewardship Alliance (STSA), called the agreement “a major step forward” in gaining recognition of their rights as cultural stewards.

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