When We Reopen:
Who Cares About the Past?
Curated by Marie Hoffmann with Dr. Rhonda Bathurst
Archaeology is happening all around us, every day. Before a highway, pipeline, or even a new house is constructed in Ontario, archaeologists make sure that our material cultural heritage is recorded and protected. Let’s learn a little more about how and why archaeology is done in our province and why it matters.
Online Exhibit: The Story of Ste. Marie II
Curated with funding by Virtual Museums Canada
The islands and coastline of Georgian Bay are among the most beautiful places in the Great Lakes. And throughout the past 12,000 years of human history stories of famine, war, and friendship unfolded.
The tragic tale of Ste. Marie II, details how a village with just one year of occupation illuminates the early history of Indigenous populations and their interactions with the French, English, and Dutch visitors to North America.
The Indigenous populations of this region, including the Wendat, Haudenosaunee and Anishinaabeg, survived four long centuries of colonial domination and attempted assimilation. To this day, archaeological research continues to play an important role in efforts by First Nations to assert their rights and interests for both ancestral and contemporary territories.
This is the story of the last months of the Wendat and some of their Indigenous allies, along with the Jesuits, on Christian Island. The legacy of Ste Marie II rests with the oral histories of the Wendat and both the documentary and archaeological records of the settlements on this beautiful landscape.
Contested Histories: An Interactive Tour
Curated by Alyssa Logie
The relationship between archaeology and Indigenous communities has evolved immensely over time in both positive and negative ways. “Contested Histories” is an interactive tour that explores these changing relationships while touring around the MOA gallery space. This tour provides a critical perspective on the interactions between archaeology, Indigenous communities and museums.