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Master of Arts




Dr. Peter Timmins


The Standards and Guidelines for Consultant Archaeologists (Ontario 2011) introduced a new requirement for archaeologists working in Ontario CRM to engage Aboriginal communities in response to growing criticisms from these communities over being excluded from the process. Considered vague by many involved in the industry, both archaeologists and Aboriginal community representatives have developed their own strategies for complying with these requirements and their own opinions on how what they do over the course of engagement does or does not fit into that policy. However, many Aboriginal concerns remain unaddressed in the current engagement process, leaving open the possibility that tension and conflict may arise in the field. While some archaeologists have been open to the recent changes in policy advocating for more transparency and collaboration, others have been resistant and continued to defend their position of authority over the management and interpretation of the archaeological record.