Newspaper article The Canadian Press

B.C. First Nation Claims Victoria-Area Island, Alleging Treaty Rights Violated

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

B.C. First Nation Claims Victoria-Area Island, Alleging Treaty Rights Violated

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B.C. First Nation claims $54M private island

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VANCOUVER - A British Columbia First Nation is claiming title to a private island off Victoria that is currently owned by one of the world's richest men and is valued at more than $54 million.

James Island, the largest privately owned Island in B.C., is currently registered to J.I. Properties Inc., a company owned by telecommunications billionaire Craig McCaw.

He bought it in 1994 for $19 million, but in documents filed in B.C. Supreme Court the Tsawout First Nation says it has never surrendered James Island or the title and rights guaranteed by a 1852 treaty with then Vancouver Island Gov. James Douglas.

The 1,600 member First Nation is seeking return of the island, which it says once included a village site, burial ground, vegetable fields, berry patches and access to hunting and fishing grounds. …

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