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Strathcona Archaeological Society Name Change

posted Jan 4, 2018, 1:31 PM by ASA - Edmonton Centre

At a Special General Meeting held on October 13, 2017, the membership of the Strathcona Archaeological Society voted to change the society's name to the Archaeological Society of Alberta: Edmonton Centre.  The changes are in name only, and were made to reflect the region that we represent.

The Strathcona Archaeological Society was named after the Strathcona Site and Interpretive Centre that used to be run out of Strathcona Science Provincial Park, located across the Saskatchewan River from Rundle Park.  The Strathcona Archaeological Society was the Friends society for this interpretive centre.  Our involvement ceased when the interpretive centre was closed in the early 1990's due to cutbacks.  We continued to operate as a society with this recognition of an important local archaeology site; however, collective memory of this site in mainstream society is fading, and the work that we do has shifted over the decades to represent the entire Edmonton region, as well as to extend north into the boreal forest.  Edmonton has a rich archaeological heritage, and our new name ties us to recognition of the region we operate out of, and also to the larger provincial body that we are a part of (The Archaeological Society of Alberta).  

A history of the society section is underway for this website, and posts will be added in this coming year.  If you have any information regarding the society that you would like to share, please forward them to arkyedmonton@gmail.com and a member of the Executive Committee will get in touch with you.

Statement in support of the recommendations of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada

posted Apr 10, 2016, 8:44 AM by ASA - Edmonton Centre

At our Annual General Meeting on March 17th, 2016, the membership of the Strathcona Archaeological Society approved the following statement.


In December 2015, the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada released their final recommendations regarding indigenous and non-indigenous peoples in Canada building a future together. While their focus is on the future, many of these recommendations relate to the need for indigenous and non-indigenous people to come to terms with our shared history. This shared history extends beyond the residential school experience, to include the history of colonization and settlement, and the more than 10,000 year history of indigenous occupation of the land now called Canada. One way to understand this history is through archaeology, the study of the artifacts and sites left by past human actions.

Studying the material remains of the past can play an important role in our efforts towards truth and reconciliation. It enables us to learn the unwritten histories of pre-contact indigenous societies and colonial experiences. These histories provide us with opportunities for understanding and empathy, which help to open dialogues between indigenous and non-indigenous communities. Further, archaeological artifacts provide tangible evidence of indigenous occupation of these lands that can help non-indigenous communities understand and accept our colonial history.

Archaeology can contribute to advancing awareness, understanding and respect for indigenous cultures and histories. Archaeology will make important contributions toward improved indigenous education for lawyers, public servants, educators, and journalists in keeping with Calls to Action 27, 28, 57, 62 and 86 of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission.

We, the members and executive of the Strathcona Archaeological Society, look forward to participating in efforts to reach the goals of the Truth and Reconciliation recommendations, through our continued efforts to share archaeological knowledge with the people of Alberta, and new efforts to advance that knowledge, and to engage indigenous communities in archaeological research and dialogue.

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