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Time to acknowledge evidence: Parliament Hill sits on Indigenous territory –

by ahnationtalk on November 10, 201837 Views

Nov 9, 2018

‘Sand from a communal Indigenous burial ground, almost certainly containing fragments of human remains, is believed to have been used to mix mortar for the original Parliament Buildings.’

It doesn’t sound like much: some broken bits of pottery and an old bead.

And federal officials certainly seem to be downplaying the significance of the pre-contact Indigenous objects found more than 20 years ago during two archeological digs on Parliament Hill, recently insisting they’d unearthed “no Indigenous artifacts, or traces of Indigenous presence” after 50 probes in the past 30 years on the grounds of the national legislature.

It took a sharp-eyed iPolitics writer to bring the discoveries to light by rummaging through an archeological consultant’s report, only to have a Public Works spokesperson insist that because the items in question were found in “disturbed” layers of soil — and thus appear to have been brought to Parliament Hill from elsewhere as fill — they don’t amount to actual evidence of a historical “Indigenous presence” in the immediate vicinity of Centre Block.

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