BC Archaeology Forum 2011: Squamish, November 11 and 12

Detail of Archaeology Forum announcement. Click for PDF

I recently received the notice that the B.C. Archaeology Forum is to be held this November 11 and 12 in Squamish.  The event will be hosted by the Sḵwxwú7mesh (Squamish) Nation, and is being organized largely by Rudy Reimer/Yumks.  Anyone can register for this event for a highly reasonable $10.00: full information is given in this PDF file. The Forum is a great event, bringing together Consultants, First Nations, Academics and Government Archaeologists in one place to share the latest discoveries and to talk policy and matters relating to the practice of archaeology.  The deadline for presenting is October 28th, but you can decide to simply attend closer to the last minute, I believe.

That said I won’t be making it this year because of an unbreakable commitment.  This highlights an unfortunate part of “Forum Culture” – it is routinely announced only a month or so in advance, even when the location is known much further ahead. Many people have to arrange to take time off, or gain advance permission or funding to travel, organize a ferry load of students, or at least keep their schedule clear for this event.  I think I’ve missed three of the last four for this reason. It’d be great if we could change this, and at least get the location and date out earlier – maybe by the beginning of summer.  Speaking of, next year it would be cool to have it on the Island.  Who’s up for it?

7 responses to “BC Archaeology Forum 2011: Squamish, November 11 and 12

  1. Yeah and it’s same time as Chacmool, which is way more than an Alberta conference


  2. Yeah, organizing these events is by volunteer, mainly explaining the reason why its announced late. Apologies for this, but I got to teach (in 2 departments), research (supposedly have time for this), advise grad students, defend my dissertation (half way across the continent), and participate in cultural work (central to who I am) amongst other things (have a life! hahhaaha!). I think its due time this happens across the salt water next year. Anyone who can make it we are expecting good things from you all.


  3. Hey Rudy, sorry didn’t mean for it to sound personal – it’s been a long-term problem. All I am suggesting is that two facts be settled on much earlier: the place, and the date. Any other organizational details can wait until closer to the event – I mean, it always does anyway, and the casual charm of the Forum is a great thing. But it seems possible to me that the date and the town could be announced in the Spring, allowing people (like me) who have to sometimes plan pretty far ahead for work-related travel to circle the date in our calendars and hit up the system for some funds.

    But thanks for all your hard work (hardest yet to come!) for the Archaeology Forum and I am sure that my griping aside there will be a good turnout and a great event!


  4. Hi, like many others, I received a copy of the forum schedule for the Saturday talks and am re-posting it here. Looks like a great lineup and kudos to all those who are presenting and to the organizers and to hosts!

    2011 BC Archaeology Forum Schedule (Saturday)

    9:00-9:15 Rudy Reimer, Squamish Nation,Welcome and
    Opening Remarks

    9:15-9:30 Craig Rust, ASBC, The Future of the ASBC and Membership Poll

    9:30-9:45 Paula Thorogood, BCAPA, Association Update

    9:45-10:00 Kody Huard, Kleanza, Company Update

    10:00-10:15 Paula Thorogood AMEC Company Update

    10:15-10:30 Morgan Ritchie, Chehalis Band Community-Driven Archaeological Projects in the Harrison River Valley

    10:30-10:45 Morning Break!!!

    10:45-11:00 Elizabeth Vileky SFU Rock Paintings of Squamish Valley: An Analysis of Pigments and Ochres using XRF

    11:00-11:15 Louise Williams SFU, Reassessing the Locarno Beach Site

    11:15-11:30 Darcy Mathews UVIC TBA

    11:30-11:45 Suzanne Villeneuve , Community Collaboration Surrounding Conservation and Research at Keatley Creek and Beyond

    11:45-12:00 Brian Pegg, Kwantlen Polytech, After the Gold Rush: Nlaka’pamux Ethnohistory in the Fraser Canyon

    12:00-1:30 LUNCH!!!

    1:30-1:45 Colin Grier, Washington State University, Plankhouses, Sea Urchins and Other Actors: Recent Investigations and Collaborations in the outer Gulf Islands

    1:45-2:00 Farid Rahemtulla, UNBC, The UNBC/Heiltsuk Nation/Wuikinuxv Nation 2011 Field School in the Hakai-Luxbalis Conservancy, central coast of BC

    2:00-2:15 Hartley Odwak Sources Consulting TBA

    2:15-2:30 Rudy Reimer SFU Rock ID and XRF in BC Archaeology

    3:00-4:30 John Welch, SFU, Towards a Multi-Party Agreement for Heritage Site Conservation Across Tla’amin Territory (with a brief update on the Data Base of Unauthorized Heritage Site Alterations)

    Julia Jackley, SFU, Weaving the Histories of Kleh Kwa Num: A Tla’amin Community in Southwestern British Columbia

    Alisha Gauvreau, SFU, The Tla’amin First Nation and Pacific Herring Management: Governing for resilience within a social-ecological system of the Strait of Georgia, British Columbia

    Chris Springer SFU From Harwood Island to Ahgykson: Traditional Knowledge and Practice Through Time on the “Bread Basket” of Tla’amin Nation

    Nyra Chalmer SFU Challenges in Archaeological Site Protection: The Cochrane Bay Example

    Erik Blaney Tla’amin First Nation A Tla’amin Perspectives on Archaeological Protection

    Official end of the Forum Those attending Supper please return at 6pm for at Feast!


    • Its curious that no one from the St. Mungo / Glenrose south Fraser freeway project is presenting on the ongoing research at this site. Its a probably the largest archaeological project in the province happening right now and itd be great to hear about the research plan at least.


  5. anyone heard rumors of where its at this year?


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