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  • Don Bain
    ... Subject: Artifacts found on Bear Mountain Date: Fri, 6 Oct 2006 11:04:47 -0700 (PDT) From: Eric To: don@ubcic.bc.ca
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      Subject: Artifacts found on Bear Mountain
      Date: Fri, 6 Oct 2006 11:04:47 -0700 (PDT)
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      Artifacts found on Bear Mountain

      Archeological assessment not yet complete, but has discovered First
      Nations items


      By Mitch Wright
      Goldstream News Gazette
      Oct 06 2006


      Victoria - The discovery of First Nations artifacts as part of an
      archeological assessment in Langford comes as no surprise to Songhees
      First Nation chief Robert Sam. "It does point out that our people were
      in that area," Sam said Wednesday. "It gives validity to what we've been
      saying."


      The provincial archeology branch confirmed this week that a number of
      artifacts were found during an archeological assessment still underway
      on Bear Mountain Resort-owned property in Langford. That assessment
      commenced after the Songhees band raised concerns last spring about the
      resort development and associated road construction disturbing potential
      culturally sensitive sites on Skirt Mountain - where the sprawling Bear
      Mountain development is located.


      Tourism, Sports and the Arts ministry spokesperson Shaun Robins said
      Bear Mountain advised the province that some artifacts had been found.
      He said the assessment, being conducted by private archeologists on
      contract to Bear Mountain, is ongoing.

      Robins said any ministry recommendations resulting from the
      archeological assessment would depend on a number of variables.


      "Depending on the type of site and distribution of artifacts, mitigation
      will be directed by the province to [provincial] standards," Robins said.


      Bear Mountain spokesman Les Bjola said the company would not comment
      until the study is complete, which he expects could occur by
      mid-October. Sam, meanwhile, says he has a report from Golder
      Associates, one of two archeological firms doing the assessment, but
      hasn't had time to review its contents. He said a number of artifacts
      are at the band office, including arrow points, spear points and slate
      knives.


      Sam said he didn't know where exactly the artifacts were found. Robins
      said the ministry would never release exactly where artifacts were
      found, due to risk of damage to the site.

      Langford Mayor Stew Young, who stepped into the process early on and
      facilitated getting an assessment underway, has said he would help
      mediate the process, if necessary, once the study is complete.


      Sam, meanwhile, said the next steps would depend heavily on Bear
      Mountain's willingness to co-operate.


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