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November 09, 2018
BY TERRY GILLIS
Wild rice was one of several critical resources that enabled a large number of people to live in the area. By about 4,000 years ago, there is good evidence that local communities were increasingly managing a variety of wild resources and likely cultivating native plants to improve their predictability and productivity for food.
The southern part of what is now Pigeon Lake would have been particularly rich in wetland plants and animal food resources, and were used in both the ancient and recent past by Mississauga peoples until the water levels were raised two metres by the Trent-Severn canal system.
Professor Conolly wrote that the wetlands and associated wild rice stands in the Kawarthas are important sources of food that have been used for thousands of years by Indigenous peoples up to and including some members of the contemporary First Nation communities. It is by no means a recent development.
Final comments, conclusions or any decisions, if made, are unknown at this time.
Wild rice controversy