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Artifact should get heritage designation

Re: “CBC comes digging for treasures in Victoria,” June 28.

Re: “CBC comes digging for treasures in Victoria,” June 28.

Thanks for alerting the public to the fact that the CBC is promoting and supporting the potential sale of a precious heritage object in the form of a 2,000-year-old artifact in the possession of a woman from Comox.

She may be excused for not knowing that this is a heritage object of importance to aboriginal people under the B.C. Heritage Conservation Act and therefore subject to provincial protection, but the CBC should.

Under no circumstances is it excusable that this object be used for entertainment purposes and sold to a private collector. It is of importance not only to aboriginal people, but to all Canadians.

Steve Thomson, minister of forests, lands and natural resources, is responsible for heritage conservation in B.C. and should place provincial designation on this object without delay.

Katherine Palmer Gordon

Gabriola Island