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?