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Historic Barrie train station likely sits on burial ground: Indigenous leader

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Mar 2nd, 2018
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Keith Doxsee

 A Stage 4 archeological assessment is scheduled for the spring

by Chris Simon Barrie Advance

The historic Allandale train station is sitting on an Aboriginal burial ground, a local Indigenous leader claims. Keith Doxsee, a representative of the Ontario Coalition of Indigenous Peoples, is calling on the city to “acknowledge the truth and reconcile with all Indigenous peoples to right this wrong.”

The statement comes about a month after Superior Court Justice Peter Daley appeared to acknowledge the property contains an “Aboriginal burial site” in a court memo over scheduling procedures related to ongoing litigation between a developer and the city.

“The Allandale site was known to be an Indigenous burial site for centuries,” Doxsee said. “For unexplained reasons the city has neglected or refused to acknowledge this fact.

”But there was no motion before the court for a decision or declaration on the issue. These types of decision are made by the Registrar of Burials under the Funeral, Burials and Cremation Services Act, city spokesperson Scott LaMantia said. “The court has not made a decision on whether or not there is an Indigenous burial site on the Allandale station lands,” he said.

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