An ancient Indigenous knife unearthed during the renovation of Centre Block will be the first artifact found on Parliament Hill to be returned to the stewardship of the Algonquin people who live in the Ottawa region.
Archeologists say the return of the stone knife, which is estimated to be 4,000 years old, is a historic move that officially recognizes that Indigenous people inhabited the land — considered unceded territory — that is now the site of Parliament Hill.
The Kitigan Zibi Anishinabeg, an Algonquin First Nation located about 130 kilometres north of Gatineau, Que., and the Algonquins of Pikwakanagan First Nation, about 150
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