On the Front Line: Collaborative Archaeology between CRM Archaeologists, Academics and First Nations Communities.


First Nation’s heritage concerns are at the forefront of many large-scale and controversial development projects across the province of British Columbia. How developers and Cultural Resource Management (CRM) Archaeologists choose to address these concerns can significantly impact working and political relationships. CRM archaeologists are on the front lines balancing and navigating complex, and sensitive socio-political heritage issues. Our small CRM company, Kleanza Consulting Ltd. (Kleanza), has found success conducting collaborative research in this challenging environment. We have found that in order to conduct meaningful work, archaeologists must be sensitive, adaptable, flexible, and above all must practice a community based and community driven approach. This approach requires a large investment building relationships between competing CRM companies, academics, contractors, and clients. Researchers must be locally based to gain specialized community knowledge and understand how to work within complex current and traditional socio-political frameworks. This presentation focuses on a selection of projects that demonstrate the changing dynamics of CRM archaeology and community collaboration in the face of considerable development.

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On the Front Line: Collaborative Archaeology between CRM Archaeologists, Academics and First Nations Communities.. Stephanie Huddlestan, Amanda Marshall, Jenny Lewis. Presented at The 80th Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, San Francisco, California. 2015 ( tDAR id: 395299)


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