Stone tools found, scientists blown away

The discoveries of native activity could affect massive energy projects in Southwestern Ontario
By JOHN MINER, The London Free Press

A massive Southwestern Ontario wind turbine project is uncovering ancient signs of the region’s first people, findings that could affect future projects.

Archeological studies required before wind turbines can be built have turned up evidence of First Nations’ activity just after the glaciers retreated at the end of the last Ice Age.

In what’s considered a rare find, archeologists working on the K2 Wind Farm project north of Goderich found hand-fashioned stone tools and artifacts in Ashfield Colborne Wawanosh Township from the so-called Paleo-Indian period — 10,000 to 12,000 years ago, when the area had a harsh, tundra-like environment.

Other archeological work in preparation for wind farms has turned up later native artifacts and items from early European settlement.

“This speaks to the use of our homelands for thousands of years. It’s a piece of the historic record,” said Dean Jacobs, director of the Walpole Island First Nation Heritage Centre.

The archeological discoveries also build the knowledge base about First Nations people, how they survived, their economies and way of life, he said.

Under a Supreme Court of Canada ruling, the government is required to ensure First Nations are consulted on projects that affect their traditional territories and that measures are taken to reduce any effects. Read article

26 thoughts on “Stone tools found, scientists blown away

  1. Now that some First Nations people have decided that money is more important anyway so what’s the difference? Historic sites have been destroyed many times over the centuries for money. Cemeteries plowed under or built on.

  2. No, I don’t think it’ll make any difference. In the USA they are planning to put wind turbines on land sacred to the native americans. Tell me someone cares.. The only thing that matters is fullfilling the governments manadate and putting money in the wind companies pockets.

  3. Who will be the first to cry foul when they are scammed with beads or money? History will repeat itself. Fool me once, it’s your fault, fool me twice, it’s my fault.

    • Indeed, history does repeat itself. But if one goes back in history beads were valuable back then and much like gold or silver coins. The fancy buttons the early colonials had were also valuable along with the fancy coats they wore. Clothes were expensive back then.

  4. There are not enough beads or money to justify selling out your homeland to snake oil salesmen.
    Beads and money cannot buy self respect and dignity.

    • But of course you are right. With all the manufactured goods we have today we tend to forget what all the handcrafted goods used to be worth. Native peoples and the colonials had a flourishing trade going that dealt with high quality goods provided by both parties.Back then very little coinage was in circulation as most all goods were traded.

    • Some of the comments are sounding racist. How is what the 6 Nations and Council did any different than what Randy Pope or Ken Hewitt did? No mention there of beads and trinkets. And many of their citizens do not agree yet they sold out anyway. Vibrancy Fund for example.

      It is alllllllll about the money – no matter what color your skin is.

      • It is definitely all about the money … in every case.

        Randy Hope, Ken Hewitt, Ken Lewenza, David Suzuki, etc. have all been called much worse than bead and trinket mongers in these postings … A-Holes, for instance.

        The rules for First Nations are different in these projects than for everyone else: if they want them, they go to the head of the queue. As we can see, this may end up being a bad thing, but the it’s still their choice.

        Let’s leave the word racist out of these comments, otherwise the bad guys win by virtue of dividing and conquering the wind opponents.

  5. ‘Nothing dollarable is safe, however guarded.’ ~John Muir, in message to 1908 Governors’ Conference on Conservation

  6. I know of four sites that have turbine roads right through them , All are first settler home sites . I wonder how many more they have destroyed.

  7. A site as old as this is important to everyone and could take years of study to reveal how people even managed to survive in a such a hostile environment that long ago.

  8. We need the archaeology study for everybody’s appreciation.

    I’d like to see the site — I hope its actual location will be made available.

    Tourist sites pay money — let the province make it into a money-making park — unlike wind turbines.

    • But if the exact location is revealed then valuable artifacts start to go missing. Best left alone until the experts have a chance to look at this site. I would also like to see the site.

  9. Petra,
    Playing the race card? That is what is accused when there is no defense for what you have done.
    I don’t what colour you are or what your religion is, selling out to wind is wrong.

  10. Everyone, please keep your comments focused on ‘wind turbines’. If this is going to go off rail with comments made about races and nationalities (aren’t we all people???) I’m going to start deleting. Many of us have councils and mayors that are selling out our communities — that doesn’t mean the RESIDENTS are selling out. Here’s a suggestion: buy a subscription to the Tekawennake News . Some very good articles are in this weeks edition- including one where 70 native and non-native protestors told Golder Associates who were doing ‘studies’ for the Samsung project, to cease and desist. The OPP would not defend Samsung either. These are people I want to stand with and I hope each and every one of you feels the same. Protect your land, protect your neighbours, stand together!

  11. Hmmmmm…I need several bags of these. I have a few ‘potential lawn ornament’ locations I would like to distribute them over.

  12. Years ago I shared apartment with a woman who registered ancient encampment sites for MNR. The relics from so far back were incredibly subtle–not necessarily the arrowheads etc one might expect–and took an expert eye to recognize. Might be worth checking to see if any sites registered with your district MNR office?

    • Then you already know how important it is to not have this site trampled on and have people picking up souvenirs. Keep the IWT people off this site as well.

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