Join us on Friday, January 11th at 7:00 pm in Room 132 of the Archaeology Building (55 Campus Drive) for the first lecture of 2019! Angela Burant and Olenka Kawchuk (Department of Archaeology and Anthropology, University of Saskatchewan) will be presenting “shíshálh Archaeological Research Project: An Experience in Community Archaeology”. All are welcome!
Abstract: shíshálh Archaeological Research Project: An Experience in Community Archaeology
Operating since 2008, the shíshálh Archaeological Research Project (sARP) is a collaboration between researchers at the University of Saskatchewan and the shíshálh nation, which recently signed a landmark reconciliation agreement with the government of British Columbia. Directed by Dr. Terence Clark, the project works closely with members of the community to investigate long-term patterns of land and resource use within shíshálh lands. A primary aim of the project is to increase knowledge of shíshálh culture history within the community itself, as well as within the broader discourse of the region. Last summer, sARP offered a field school through the University of Saskatchewan for the first time.
Undergraduate students had the opportunity to gain experience in survey, excavation, and public outreach all while studying the culture history of the Coast Salish region of British Columbia. The field school encouraged community involvement and relationship building between students and community members, two central pillars of community archaeology. sARP and this field school represent important steps toward widespread collaboration between archaeologists and Indigenous communities.
Angela Burant is a fourth year archaeology student at the University of Saskatchewan. She is interested in household archaeology and plans to do her masters under Dr. Terence Clark on sites in shíshálh lands of British Columbia. Angela volunteers at the Saskatchewan Archaeological Society and is an executive member of the Saskatoon Archaeological Society. She is also the Vice President of the Archaeology and Anthropology Students’ Association.
Olenka Kawchuk is also an archaeology student in her fourth year at the University of Saskatchewan. Her areas of interest include community archaeology, mortuary archaeology, and public archaeology. She plans to pursue her master’s degree under the supervision of Dr. Terence Clark working with the National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation to locate missing grave at Canadian Residential Schools. She is also the current treasurer of the Archaeology and Anthropology Students’ Association.