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Algonquin Peoples: Land Acknowledgements and Burial Sites

algonquin peoples: And while Canadians seem to vaguely understand Parliament Hill sits on the homeland of Algonquin peoples, institutional land acknowledgements seem to miss one horrifying and morbid detail about our legislative buildings, according to NOW Magazine. Yes, Canadians tend to acknowledge that the land we are on was first inhabited by nations that were not respected. Canada's original inhabitants are all too familiar with being pushed aside. But no one seems to be acknowledging the most symbolically charged building in Canada may contain remains from Indigenous burial sites.A 2015 archaeological study conducted by Stantec Consulting as part of a rehabilitation of Parliament's Centre Block states that a few pieces of pre-contact Aboriginal pottery had been found on the Parliament grounds. In the 1840s, approximately 20 Indigenous skeletons were excavated from a burial site across the river from the Parliament buildings near the current grounds of the Canadian Museum of History. Because many of the materials used to build the buildings originated from nearby sources, it is a widely-held belief in Algonquin communities that the mortar used to bind the bricks of the Parliament buildings contains sand taken from one of the four confirmed ancient Algonquin burial sites located in the National Capital Region. ( As reported in the news.