The Department of Consultation and Accommodation (DOCA) was established by Council and opened in January of 2015.
The primary purpose of DOCA is to engage with governments and private sector proponents on land and resource matters that may impact the rights and interests of the MNCFN within its Territory. This is as a result of the “Duty to Consult” which stems from various Supreme Court of Canada decisions relating to the Crown’s obligations to aboriginal communities regarding proposed land development when their treaty and traditional lands may be impacted. DOCA is positioned to initiate and respond to the Crown and proponents (developers), on developments within the Mississaugas of the Credit First Nation traditional territory.
This year alone we have participated in 57 archaeological and/or environmental projects within the traditional territory.
An example of a large village site recently completed is the Williamsburg site in Kitchener. This site represents a 14th century (circa 1350 to 1500 AD) Wyandot village containing more than a dozen longhouses.
Tens of thousands of artifacts were recovered from this site, including: clay pipes, domestic pottery, stone tools, animal bone, bone beads, ground-stone tools for wood working, scrapers, arrow heads and bone awls, among others.
This isn’t the only large village site in the area.
Other longhouse villages pertaining to the same time period (14th to 15th centuries) are known along most of the major creeks. Archaeological investigations over the years have encountered more than two dozen sites within 5 km of the Williamsburg site. A large, Archaic (7,000 to 3200 B.C.E.) site is known to lie about a km to the west.
The specific occupation of the Williamsburg site was probably one of several villages in the region.
As no human burials or other human interments were found on the site, it is expected that a special burial site exists somewhere in the area that may have been for more than one village. This has not yet been found in the area. One of the functions of the DOCA field representatives is to be attentive to potential sacred and ritual areas such as burials.
It is not known where the inhabitants of this particular village went after leaving the area.