On June 28th, human remains were discovered at a national park in Tobermory, an Ontario town in Northern Bruce Peninsula. After thorough investigations from the OPP and coroner's office, it was confirmed that the remains were ancestral, and there was no foul play involved.
The Saugeen Ojibway Nation Environment Office discovered that the ancestral remains were found on an Indigenous burial site. More specific details on when and where they were buried will not be provided, to respect the sensitive nature of the findings.
According to the SON's land use planning coordinator, finding the remains "solidifies our existence and our story and solidifies the traditional territory, and solidifies the traditional territory of the Saugeen Ojibway Nation.” Discovering a burial site is the "highest amount of respect," and they'll be doing everything in their power to keep the site protected.
"Rather than finding more and disturbing more, we would rather just acknowledge and do a ceremony for the remains that were discovered, and then basically take a hands-off approach from that point on,” says the SON coordinator.
According to a statement released by the SON, the elders of the group decided it was "not appropriate to investigate further." They say that the SON has a financial agreement with Parks Canada to fund "culturally-significant consultation projects" such as this.
Parks Canada will work with the SON to have the area recognized as a historical burial ground, to prevent construction and disruptive activities to take place there. According to the Owen Sound Times, the findings aren't expected to affect normal tourist activities in the Bruce Peninsula National Park.
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