Motorists needing to travel on the Pat Bay Highway (HWY 17) Monday morning should look into alternative routes as a portion of highway is expected to be closed.

A section of HWY 17 is slated to be closed in both directions on Monday morning due to a planned peaceful demonstration in solidarity with Penelakut Tribes’ recent discovery recent discovery at a Vancouver Island residential school.

The demonstration is planned for between 8:50 a.m. and 10:10 a.m. on Monday, August 2nd, on HWY17 from Island View Road to McTavish Road.

Motorists can expect delays in the Central Saanich area and are advised to avoid the area if possible and look for alternate routes.

Route detours will be marked, and traffic controllers will be dispersed along alternate routes.

“We ask the public to please exercise patience, drive safely and plan travel accordingly,” said Chief Constable of the Central Saanich Police Service, Ian Lawson.

Over 160 undocumented and unmarked graves were confirmed at the site of a former residential school in the Gulf Islands.

The confirmation of graves at the Kuper Island Industrial School was announced by the Penelakut Tribe on July 8th.

Investigations into former sites of residential schools have been ongoing throughout Canada.

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