Vancouver Island First Nation to conduct burial survey after buying Port Alberni school site – CTV News

Jan. 13, 2023

A Vancouver Island First Nation is buying a former elementary school in Port Alberni, B.C., where it plans to conduct ground surveys in search of historic artifacts and burial sites.

The Hupacasath First Nation will purchase the Gill Elementary School property from School District 70 Pacific Rim, with the sale to be finalized in April.

When the original school was expanded from a log cabin to a proper schoolhouse, the ancestral remains of Hupacasath members were unearthed and returned to the nation for reburial, Hupacasath chief councillor Brandy Lauder said in a joint release from the school district and the nation.

“Our members were clearly upset that our burial grounds were being disturbed, however we were thankful that the remains were returned,” Lauder said.

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