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October 11, 2017 Speaker: Bruce Cutknife

posted Oct 11, 2017, 12:16 PM by Strathcona Archaeology

Tonight is the October installment of the 2017/2018 Lecture Series.  Bruce Cutknife of Samson Cree Nation will be presenting his talk on Alberta Place Names.

When:  7:00pm Wednesday, October 11, 2017
Where:  the Strathcona Branch of the Edmonton Public Library
            (8331 104 Street, Edmonton, Alberta)
Cost:  Free!!

September 26, 2017 Speaker: Dr. Kim TallBear

posted Sep 22, 2017, 11:51 AM by Strathcona Archaeology

Please join us for the September installment of our 2017/2018 Lecture Series.  Dr. Kim TallBear of the University of Alberta will be presenting her talk "Anthropology, Genomics and Whiteness."

When:  7:00pm Tuesday, September 26, 2017
Where:  the Strathcona Branch of the Edmonton Public Library
                (8331 104 Street, Edmonton, Alberta)
Cost:  Free!

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The 2017/2018 Lecture Series Has Arrived!

posted Sep 12, 2017, 2:26 PM by Strathcona Archaeology

The speaker series has been finalized and we are happy to announce this season's round of speakers!  This year we are moving the talks to the Strathcona Branch of the Edmonton Public Library, as the new arena downtown has made parking a challenge at MacEwan University.  We are also no longer holding talks on the third Thursday of every month, so check out the poster below for dates!  All our talks still start at 7:00pm in the new location.

It's looking like a great line-up of speakers, so we hope to see you there!

National Aboriginal Day, Wednesday June 21, 2017

posted Jun 20, 2017, 7:57 PM by Strathcona Archaeology

Looking for stuff to do in the Edmonton region?  The Strathcona Archaeological Society has gathered a list of events for National Aboriginal Day that are taking place over the next few days.  Go out and celebrate the rich culture and deep history of local First Nations and Métis peoples!   

To follow along online, head over to twitter and check out the hashtags #NAD2017, #NationalAboriginalDay, #NationalAboriginalHistory, #Canada15000 and #NADCanada

Whether you participate from home, the office, or in person, we hope you have a great day! 

The City of Edmonton website has a list of events taking place throughout the week.  You can check them out here:  https://www.edmonton.ca/attractions_events/schedule_festivals_events/national-aboriginal-day.aspx


APTN Aboriginal Day Live is taking place on Wednesday, June 21, 2017 in Victoria Park, with activities starting at 6:00am and running until sunset.  If you are unable to attend in person, the event (as well as other events across Canada) is being aired on the APTN network, as well as live streamed on their website http://aboriginaldaylive.ca/edmonton/.


The Art Gallery of Alberta will be offering free admission all day long, showcasing two special exhibition tours, a beading workshop, and a film screening.  Visit http://www.youraga.ca/aga-events/national-aboriginal-day/ for more details.


The Indigenous Relations Ministry (http://indigenous.alberta.ca/ ) of the Alberta Government has issued a document listing activities across the province.  The document can be found here http://indigenous.alberta.ca/documents/NAD-Events-Alberta-June-2017.pdf?0.276972591644153


Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada (https://www.aadnc-aandc.gc.ca/eng/1100100013248/1100100013249) has a list of events across Canada, including in the Edmonton region. 


Other Upcoming Events:

Ermineskin Cree Nation has a powwow in a couple of weeks, running from June 30 to July 2, 2017.  Details can be found here http://calendar.powwows.com/events/ermineskin-cree-nation/ and here https://www.ermineskin.ca/


 Alexis Nakota Sioux Nation has a powwow coming up, running from July 14 to 17, 2017.  Details can be found here http://calendar.powwows.com/events/alexis-nakota-sioux-nation/ and here http://www.alexisnakotasioux.com/

March 16, 2017: Public Project Talks and AGM

posted Mar 10, 2017, 9:41 AM by Strathcona Archaeology

All interested participants in the Strathcona Archaeology Society are invited, and in this meeting our paying members to get updates on the status of the Strathcona Archaeology Society and will elect the executive for the upcoming year.

When:  March 16, 2017.  Refreshments are available beforehand, doors open by 6:30PM.
Where: Archaeology Lab, Room 7-333, MacEwan University, Downtown Campus
       Get Tickets Via EventBrite Here

Join us for the Annual General Meeting of the Strathcona Archaeology Society. We will be discussing the current state of the archaeological society, holding executive elections, giving field reports on our major workshops field events and we will be giving updates on our 2017/2018 plans.

Kurtis Blaikie-Birkigt will be giving the president's report and updates on workshops and events that were held over the 2016/2017 year. Kurt will also be giving the treasure's report for 2016/2017 year.

Kathy Gadd will be giving a report on our speaker's series.

Amandah van Merlin and Madeline Coleman will be giving a report on the Brazeau Survey, held in May.

Alexandra Burchill will be giving a report on the White Spruce Forest Survey, held in July.

Kurt Blaikie-Birkigt will be giving updates on the 2017/2018 plans.

Then we will be holding the Elections of the executive and announcing volunteer opportunities for members

February 16, 2017 Speaker: Bruce Cutknife

posted Feb 15, 2017, 1:48 PM by Strathcona Archaeology   [ updated Feb 16, 2017, 9:20 AM ]

Please join us for the February installment of the Winter 2016/2017 Lecture Series.  Bruce Cutknife of Samson Cree Nation will be presenting a talk on Residential School history,

When:  February 16, 2017 at 7:00 PM; refreshments available beforehand, doors usually are                 open by 6:30PM
Where: Archaeology Lab, Room 7-333, MacEwan University, Downtown Campus
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Bruce Cutknife is a member of the Samson Cree First Nation in Maskwacis, Alberta. Bruce has been an educator, radio host, and director of education while working on a number of projects that relate to Cree Culture and Cree history. Bruce has also done extensive research on First Nations History and Residential School History and Alberta place names. Bruce has been instrumental in the collection and archiving of the Cree language and the local history in Alberta. In his down time, Bruce likes to engage in his interests of photography, music, archery, travel, traditional music, and dance.

The history of Residential Schools have been absent in the Canadian Education System and the vast number of Canadians were not aware of their existence and subsequently damage that it has caused within First Nation Communities.  With the Royal Commission on Aboriginal People and the Truth and Reconciliation Hearings legacy of Residential Schools are now known to the Canadian public and is the subject of much discussion.  The process of reconciliation begins with the understanding and realizing the extent of the damage done by removing children from their parents, their homes and their communities. 

Edited Feb. 16, 2017 to include abstract.

January 19, 2016 Speakers: Aaron Wilson, Caroline Hudecek-Cuffe, Pamela Mayne Correia and Ron Lameman

posted Jan 19, 2017, 12:47 PM by Strathcona Archaeology

Please join us for our January installment of the Winter 2016/2017 Lecture Series.  Aaron Wilson, Caroline Hudecek-Cuffe, Pamela Mayne Correia and Ron Lameman will be presenting on their work at the Viking Burial Site (FgOw-2).

When:  January 19, 2017, 7:00 PM
Where:  Archaeology Lab (room 7-333), MacEwan University, Downtown campus

The Viking Burial Site (FgOw-2):  A Collaborative Undertaking to Excavate and Reinter an Historic Burial in Central Alberta

The recent excavation and re-interment of an historic burial in the Viking area was a collaborative undertaking involving the Historic Resources Management Branch of Alberta Culture and Tourism, representatives from the Confederacy of Treaty 6 First Nations and Treaty 7 Management Corporation, the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner, the RCMP, and landowners Brian and Dolores Rozmahel.

This presentation will provide details about this cooperative project and how throughout the excavation and reburial process, guidance on cultural protocol and ceremonies was sought from representative Elders and Treaty organizations. We will also outline the results of the excavation and provide interpretations arising from analysis of the skeletal remains and associated cultural material, all in an attempt to place the burial within an historic context.

December 15, 2016 Speaker: Darryel Sowan

posted Dec 6, 2016, 1:15 PM by Strathcona Archaeology   [ updated Dec 6, 2016, 1:16 PM ]

Please join us for our December installment of the Winter 2016/2017 Lecture Series.  Darryel Sowan of Swan River First Nation will be presenting on his archaeological field work near Lesser Slave Lake.

When: December 15, 2016, 7:00 PM
Where:  Archaeology Lab (room 7-333), MacEwan University, Downtown campus

Pihko Payiw Mohkohmon/Broken Knife Site: An example of Indigenous Archaeology in Treaty 8 Territory (1899)

Darryel Sowan is a Swan River First Nation band member. He holds a B.A. in anthropology and is an undefended Master’s student at the University Alberta.  Darryel has worked for a number of archaeological and traditional land use firms in Alberta and B.C. In 2006 he went on to serve as the consultation unit manager for Swan River First Nation before taking the job of Director of Livelihood for Treaty 8 First Nations of Alberta in 2008. He remained working for his band part time and returned full time to his band after leaving Treaty 8 in 2010.  Darryel takes time to talk to youth about careers in archaeology and is frequently a guest speaker on the topic of consultation. Darryel strives for First Nations involvement in the management of heritage resources and for meaningful consultation in Treaty territory. Darryel views archaeology as part of traditional land use and hopes that there will be more First Nations youth pursuing archaeological careers.  He has also experienced the teaching end of his field by participating as a teacher’s assistant with respect to theories and methodologies of archaeological techniques and has given many lectures on the prehistory of Alberta.  In 2008 Darryel received an award from the Aboriginal Role Models of Alberta for helping to look after the environment. He is a dedicated First Nations member who values and respects the teaching of the Elders and the guidance that they have given him to respect, protect and honor our lands. 
Darryel now utilizes his knowledge in working with First Nations to ensure that traditional land use is kept sacred and honored as it was meant to be for First Nations people. Darryel enjoys hunting, fishing, camping and being a part of nature which is why he is so passionate for the environment and the importance of its delicate balance.  He understands its past history and firmly believes in maintaining it for future generations.  He believes that the creator gave us land and we need to have some sense of balance by all in order for it to be a sustainable resource for the future.

November 17 Speaker: Dr. Kisha Supernant

posted Nov 17, 2016, 2:37 PM by Strathcona Archaeology

Please join us at 7:00 P.M on November 17, 2016 for a presentation by Dr. Kisha Supernant, Department of Anthropology, University of Alberta.

The talk takes place at McEwan University in downtown Edmonton, room 7-333.

Archaeology and the TRC: The relationship between community-based Indigenous archaeology, cultural heritage, and reconciliation.

There has been much discussion in the academic and archaeological community about the ways we can respond to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s Calls to Action. Transforming how we do archaeology is an important component of reconciliation, since much of the work of our academic forbearers was used to disenfranchise and erase living indigenous communities. Working with and for communities to explore their histories creates new opportunities for understanding the past and can help many communities reconnect with elements of their history that have been forgotten due to the colonial and assimilationist policies of the Canadian government. In this talk, I explore how archaeologists have been building collaborative relationships with indigenous communities in Canada over the past 20 years, including some examples from my own work, and demonstrate how working together on an understanding of the past can lead to a more just and equitable future.

October 20, 2016 Speaker: Elder Jerry Saddleback

posted Oct 20, 2016, 12:44 PM by Strathcona Archaeology   [ updated Oct 20, 2016, 12:50 PM ]

Please join us at 7:00 P.M. on October 20. 2016 for a presentation by Elder Jerry Saddleback, Dean of Cultural Programs and Elder-in-Residence for Maskwacîs Cultural College.

Talk takes place at McEwan University in downtown Edmonton in room 7-333.

Bio for Jerry Saddleback

Jerry Saddleback is the Dean of Cultural Programs and Elder-in-Residence for Maskwacîs Cultural College in Maskwacîs. He also teaches Cree and Protocol classes in Enoch on Tuesdays and Cultural Social Work for First Nations University. Jerry was born and raised in Samson Cree Nation by his Father who was a prominent Elder in the community. Through his Father, Jerry Saddleback was exposed to many Elders throughout his early childhood and was taught the Cree language, stories and ceremonies. He attended university and achieved a Bachelor of Education. He taught various grades throughout his teaching career, breaking ground by introducing Cultural and Cree language curricula, catering specifically to Aboriginal children and teens. He used his education and Cree language skills to also do ground breaking field research for Confederacy of Treaty Six interviewing numerous Elders on language, Culture, ceremonies, songs and our Story of Creation.  He is one of a handful of people who knows the Origins of Cree Syllabics and was the key speaker/lecturer for the Conference on Syllabics in June 2013. Jerry’s knowledge was used extensively as a Spiritual Advisor for the Truth & Reconciliation Commission. Today Jerry Saddleback continues the legacy of our Old People and travels wherever he is invited, to share the stories, language, Culture, ceremonies, songs and Story of Creation to all members of the Plains Cree family and other nations.

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