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Victoria, Esquimalt and Songhees FNs in talks to use ancient burial area in Beacon Hill Park

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Victoria, Esquimalt and Songhees First Nations are in talks to use an ancient burial area in Beacon Hill Park for the re-interment of First Nations remains discovered at construction sites. “If you were at the top of the hill at the pavilion and you were looking down toward Dallas Road, it is off to your left. You can see cairns — rock outcroppings — and that’s a traditional burial site and that is an area they had identified as a potential site to establish an area for reburials,” said director of parks Kate Friars in a report to Victoria city councillors. “It won’t be an active cemetery. It’s an area that would be utilized more for relocating the human remains that are found.”