Thursday, June 01, 2006

Canadian Aboriginal Tribe Wants Excavation Stopped

The Canadian aboriginal Huron-Wendat Nation tribe is asking the province of Ontario to stop archaeologists from excavating an area in Vaughan just north of Toronto. The Huron-Wendat says the site, which is now slated for housing, is on a significant 15th century Huron village. "I want people to have respect for our ancestors and our culture and heritage," said John Sioui, a grandson of the Huron-Wendat Bear Clan family of chiefs. The village site, called Skandatut, was home to as many as 2,000 Huron and could contain remnants of some 100 longhouses, said archaeologist Andrew Stewart. The tribe's attorney, David Donnelly, said the Huron-Wendat are concerned that irreplaceable historical, cultural and spiritual artifacts will be destroyed if the excavation proceeds. The Ministry of Natural Resources of the Federal government is looking into the matter.

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