New archaeological discovery puts into action agreement between First Nations and the Town of  Saugeen Shores

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Southampton and Saugeen First Nation:  The Mayor of the Town of Saugeen Shores and the Chiefs of the Saugeen First Nation and Chippewas of Nawash Unceded First Nation met on Thursday, April 1, 2010 to discuss measures to protect an archaeological site. The site was discovered during construction for a new sewer project on March 29, 2010. 

On March 23, 2010, the Town and the First Nations signed an agreement dealing with how the proposed project could affect Aboriginal interests, including archaeology concerns. Part of the agreement includes a detailed archaeology protocol to deal with any situations where an Aboriginal cultural or burial site is encountered. 

“We are working together to ensure the site is protected,” said Mayor Mike Smith. “The Town and the Bands have an agreement in place to deal with exactly this type of situation. This is our first opportunity to make it work in a way that meets the needs of both the Town and the First Nations.” 

Chief Randall Kahgee of Saugeen First Nation and Chief Ralph Akiwenzie of Chippewas of Nawash Unceded First Nation agreed that the Town and the Bands can rely on the agreement they recently reached. “Any archaeological site is a critical record of Aboriginal history in the area, so of course we are concerned when a site is found. We are pleased that a good process is in place, so we can properly document and protect the site,” said Chief Kahgee.  

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Thursday, April 01, 2010