I posted this as a comment a few days ago, but decided it was worth a post on its own: there is a worrisome news snippet in the Nanaimo paper concerning the Archaeological Society of BC, Nanaimo Chapter. (At least, I infer this is the society in question!).
The full text indicates there will be a public meeting on Monday November 7th at Vancouver Island University which suggests the Nanaimo organization is in tough times:
7 p.m. The Archaeological Society is on the brink of collapse. If you feel the archaeology of Nanaimo and area has significant value, please come share your ideas at Bldg 356 Room 109 on the VIU campus.
This is one of three branches of the ASBC, and until fairly recently one of the most active, with good public speaking and field programs. As recently as last summer there was a newsletter issued and fieldwork undertaken, as the picture above from their website shows.
If you’re an ASBC member and live near Nanaimo, or if you just care about archaeology in BC, then it’d be a good idea to go. The meeting need not be a wake, maybe it could be a rebirth.
There’s nothing on the ASBC-N website, which is why I thought it worthwhile posting here. There is an unfortunate Balkanization of the ASBC – ideally, there would be a community email Listserv for important news province-wide. If you know what’s going on, then by all means post something in the comments here. The Victoria Chapter of the ASBC is probably the most active one right now and it would be good to lend moral support from a distance. The Vancouver Branch is, as far as I understand, actually the “Real ASBC” and so maybe they have an interest or even obligation to support the Nanaimo Branch, if the news report is not overly alarmist.