The Wolastoqewi grandmothers and members of the Wolastoqewi Grand Council are sitting with their ancestors in Officer's Square in Fredericton, New Brunswick, asserting stewardship over artefacts that were recently found during an excavation of the square. In the words of the Wolastoqewi-Grandmother and Indigenous Archaeologist Ramona Nicholas: “On September 15, 2020, a ceremony was conducted at Officer’s Square to honor and show respect to our Wolastoqewi Ancestors that are being impacted by development. There has been some contention with Archaeological Services with the present work that is being conducted within Wolastokuk. Officer’s Square has been a center of controversy. Recently Indigenous artifacts were discovered, as well as an ancient shoreline. In my opinion as an Indigenous Archaeologist, this is a significant find." At their request, we are raising money for items that can help ensure the comfort and safety of the grandmothers. For those who are more comfortable donating directly to the grandmothers, you can send an e-transfer to Ramona Nicholas. Please send either Ramona or myself a message to request her e-mail address.
Saint John, NB