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Ancient Indigenous remains found in Ontario + Inside Toronto and Ottawa’s public funding fight – Toronto Star

February 20, 2024

Ancient Indigenous remains in southern Ontario, Toronto’s fight for federal refugee funding and your iPhone addiction.

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Here’s the latest on ancient Indigenous remains in southern Ontario, Toronto’s fight for federal refugee funding and your iPhone addiction.

This man fell into a hole and raised questions about how Toronto builds on Indigenous lands

John Brown was walking home on Withrow Avenue when he stepped on the edge of his neighbour’s garden and felt the earth crumble beneath him, Emily Fagan and Jermaine Wilson report. In a pit six feet below ground, he found a bone that turned out to be among centuries-old Indigenous remains. Similar discoveries have grown more frequent across southern Ontario with increasing housing developments and infrastructure projects. So, what will be done with the remains? “The Indigenous voice is really written out” of the process, says the archeological supervisor for Six Nations of the Grand River. Here’s what Toronto is — and isn’t — doing about its history of building over sacred Indigenous places.

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