The leader of Tsilhqot’in First Nation says he wants New Westminster’s new high school to bear the name of the chief who is buried there.
The school sits on a key First Nations burial site, including the grave of Cheif Ahan who was wrongly executed after the Chilcotin war.
Now, with the province announcing a rebuild, current chief Joe Alphonse says the Nation has been meeting with the school district.
“We want to make sure any work they do, if they uncover any bones that they notify us, that they take the appropriate steps, run some DNA steps, if Chief Ahan’s bones are there we want that returned to our nation and we’ll bring him home.”
Alphonse says he also wants to see a memorial on site and a pledge the province will follow through on to restore the cemetery, which is currently covered by a parking lot.
“In the past we’ve had a commitment from the province that they would convert that portion of the property back to cemetery, and we want to make sure that’s still the position.”