A GRAVE PROBLEM

Graves at St. Isadore?
Local paper the Vision reports details of St. Isadore grave site.

VISION - News
Proposed industrial development may have a "grave" problem
August 7 2008 by gregg.chamberlain@eap.on.ca





Actual Gravestones produced from the site.
Will the Nation Municipality Wait for the Archaeological Survey and respect the Dead?



1980 map United Counties Prescott Russel (MTC)

Figure 1
Location of Proposed Impact Area Village of St. Isadore de Prescott United Counties of Prescott & Russel




Figure 2
Location of Kerry Settlement Church Foundations and Cemetary?




Figure 3
Location of Kerry Cemetary Location on Map of St. Isadore de Prescott United Counties of Prescott & Russel?




Location of Mass Graves Revealed

Facts of St. Isadore grave situation reported accurately by local paper the Vision

Read the complete and accurate story in the Vision
VISION - News
Proposed industrial development may have a "grave" problem
August 7 2008 by gregg.chamberlain@eap.on.ca

The question is whether or not any proper records remain, either in government archives, old church records, or other sources, that show that either or both cemeteries existed. The Algonquin Nation also wants to know whether or not those graves are still there as does the Eastern Region Culture Programs Unit (ERCPU) of the provincial government. Lynn Clouthier, Algonquin Negotiation Representative (ANR), and Jim Sherratt, ERCPU archaeology review officer, have both sent The Nation official letters asking for the municpality's archaeological assessment of the site and also expressing concern over the proposed rezoning. "In the event that an archaeological study is not presently available," Clouthier stated in her letter, "we would request that approval of the rezoning application on the subject lands be deferred until an Archaeological Survey is provided for our review and response." Also in her letter, Clouthier noted that the Algonquin Nation and the federal and provincial governments are still negotiating a First Nations land claim which also includes the South Nation River watershed.



SACRED GRAVES ON
KERRY VILLAGE SETTLEMENT SITE
(ST ISADORE, ONTARIO)
The Historical Kerry Settlement Site is of historical and cultural interest. This site has been deemed as a former Metis Settlement of the early 18th Century. A local resident to the area has stated if you take a walk in the back fields that a couple of original ovens are still present in these fields.
Also on this site are some 25-30 graves. For reasons unknown, over the years the stones were removed and oddly enough buried on the adjacent property of one of the local neighbors.
In 2008 The Nation Municipality approved the land to be rezoned as Industrial. They also approved the removal of a foundation circa 18th century. The former General Manager Mr Yvan St jean believed this historical foundation to be that of the original church.
After his death we continued the investigating of this site and this is what we learned along with an advocat for First Peoples
Documents and statements from the Nation Municipality's own Clerk Mary McCuaig suggest that the Mayor Denis Pommainville was well aware of the historical and sacred significance of this site and still went ahead and had the land rezoned thus wiping out more local aboriginal history.
Mary McCuaig spoke with an advocat for first Peoples shortly after Yvan St Jeans' death and stated...
"That the foundation that was removed from this site is not that of a church but of a former Residential School." She even offered to produce the documents displaying this info.
I spoke with this advocat for First Peoples again recently...days ago, as a matter of fact, and she has reconfirmed what the clerk Mary McCuaig stated. This then potentially would indicate that the graves on this site are quite possibly those of Native Children. All statements and documents have been forwarded to the OPP. This knowledge would have propelled the funding for the Cultural Foundation Native Expressions Project....and also proved the true history of these lands. These lands are the traditional hunting and fishing grounds of the Metis and First Nations. The Metis and First Nations are a distinct people with a rich history and have significant rights. These rights are currently being ignored in our region and having their own community centre would have pushed their rights forward. This appears to be what it is all about. ei, if 0 community is established then 0 rights. More truths.......

M. Wertwyn, Acting Gen. Mgr., Cultural Foundation Native Expressions