The Malahat First Nation as added to its territory.

They’ve purchased 525 hectares of land around Bamberton, south of Mill Bay, including Oliphant Lake.

Chief Michael Harry says it more than triples the Nation’s holdings, and restores more of its traditional territory.

“Today marks a monumental moment for the future of the Malahat Nation as this land purchase helps to restore more of our traditional lands into our stewardship,” Harry says. “We are moving forward to develop and protect the long-term viability of our people and our lands, while respecting our relationship with the neighbouring communities of southern Vancouver Island.”

There aren’t any firm plans for the new land yet, but Harry says they’ll be looking at things that fit with the property’s existing zoning and purpose.

That includes tourism, light industry, housing, and maritime development.