Ontario’s natural heritage is rich and diverse, and Indigenous peoples have served as stewards of the land for thousands of years. Today, the Trust supports this work through co-management of sacred sites, as well as amplifying Indigenous voices on the importance of the natural environment.

The Trust works with Indigenous partners and organizations to protect lands in the province. Here are two examples:


The Ontario Heritage Trust and the Chippewas of Nawash Unceded First Nation co-steward lands in the northern Bruce Peninsula that are part of an Indigenous cultural landscape known as Nochemowenaing.

Read an interview or watch a video featuring Nawash Elder Miptoon (Anthony Chegahno) as he teaches about the site’s special meaning and significance.


Between 2010 and 2013, the Huron-Wendat Nation, the University of Toronto and the Ontario Heritage Trust worked in partnership to return 1,760 Huron-Wendat ancestors and their funerary objects to the land. The ancestors from 12 communities were reburied in one large, new ossuary to be known as Thonnakona, on the site from which 561 of them were removed in 1970.This was, at the time, the largest reburial of Indigenous Ancestors undertaken in North America. Today, through an agreement with the Huron-Wendat Nation the connection of the ancestors to their people continues.

Learn more about this site through Thonnakona: Returning the ancestors to the land, by Beth Hanna.

From the Heritage Matters e-magazine:

From our Plaque database:

From MyOntario – A vision over time: