News Release. May 3, 2012
(Musqueam Territory/Vancouver-Canada, May 3, 2012) Today, the Musqueam People are rallying and marching on Granville Street to a Musqueam ancestral cultural site and burial ground dating back thousands of years to protest the continued destruction and desecration of the burial remains of Musqueam ancestors. It has been determined that on the site of their ancient village ćəsna?əm human remains of two infants have been located. The Musqueam believe the BC Government and the City of Vancouver have placed the commercial interest of the Co-developers, Century Holdings and Ms. Fran and Mr. Gary Hackett, above the just and fundamental human right assertion of the Musqueam that this site not be developed.
“As a grandparent, it is absolutely infuriating that the BC Government has allowed the continued desecration of infant remains at the Marpole Village Site, now known as the Marpole Midden,” stated Grand Chief Stewart Phillip, President of the Union of BC Indian Chiefs. “The disgusting and deplorable actions of the developer to continue to knowingly and wilfully destroy burial sites are utterly reprehensible.”
Grand Chief Phillip continued, “There is opportunity here for the BC Government, the City of Vancouver and the developer to do what is right and move forward with Musqueam’s substantial proposal of a land swap. To continually ignore this win-win proposition, represents a complete disregard and callous indifference towards the ancestral remains of the Musqueam and is a gross affront to all First Nations. We will follow the lead of the Musqueam People, if they want to protect the site at all costs, the Union of BC Indian Chiefs will stand with them.”
FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT:
Grand Chief Stewart Phillip, (604) 684-0231
UBCIC is a NGO in Special Consultative Status with the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations.