Old Remains Of Aboriginal Woman Found At Work Site

Friday, December 19, 2008 at 14:41



The remains of an Aboriginal woman believed to have died at least a century ago have been discovered near Green Lake.


RCMP spokesperson Sgt. Carole Raymond says the discovery was made over the weekend when a backhoe operator was working at a lot under construction.


The operator apparently unearthed bones and quickly called the authorities to investigate.


Raymond says the location of the find was on a piece of land that had always been wilderness up until now.


She says the remains are estimated to be between 100 and 150 years old — and early indications are they belong to a First Nations or Metis female who was between 18 and 22 years of age.


Raymond says the bones were taken to the University of Saskatchewan for further study.


Residents of Green Lake plan to set up a park and memorial at the site where the remains were found — in a new subdivision the village is building on the west side of the lake.


The remains are expected to be returned to the village in the New Year.


Town administrator Tina Rasmussen says the village sees the return of those remains as a chance to build a memorial to the woman.


Rasmussen says they also see it as an opportunity to celebrate Metis history and heritage.


No foul play is suspected in the woman’s death.