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  • 13 Feb 2020 9:15 AM | Anonymous

    Dear APA Members

    We are coming upon another opportunity for you to serve on APA's Board of Directors -- for the 2020-22 term.  You can self-nominate or have a fellow APA member nominate you.  The term will be from the 2020 AGM (April 25th) until the AGM in the spring of 2022.

    Nominations can be sent to Dave Norris, Chair of the Nominations Committee via email at members@apaontario.ca  Eligible members are those in good standing in the Professional and First Nations Consultation Staff categories; Field Director members and First Nations Liaison members who are interested in joining the Board as liaisons/representatives for their membership groups should also be nominated, as one member from each of these categories will be appointed.

    We ask for all nominations to be submitted to the Nominations Committee no later than February 21st, 2020 (close of nominations at 11:59pmEST).  We would also ask that all individuals nominated (or self-nominated) to please provide a one paragraph biography/ election statement by that time which will be appended to the slate of candidates on the election ballot.

    Wondering what the volunteer Board of Directors (Executive Members) do and how much of a commitment it is?  Send your questions to members@apaontario.ca

    Board positions will be selected by the directors at their first Executive Meeting following the Election.  Board positions include the four offices of President, Vice-President, Secretary and Treasurer, and the directors’ positions have most recently been Membership Director, Newsletter Editor/Communications Director, Northern Ontario Director, Director of First Nations Relations, Research and Investigations Director; and the Field Directors Liaison is also a standing Board appointment.  New for the 2020-2022 term will be a Board appointment from among the First Nations Liaisons. 

    Directors’ portfolios will be determined at the first Executive Meeting following the Election.

    Thank you to all who volunteer in various capacities to assist their fellow APA members!


  • 23 Jan 2020 9:43 AM | Anonymous

    The latest newsletter is in members' email inboxes as of January 22nd.  Enjoy!


    To contribute to an upcoming APA newsletter, contact Newsletter Editor Nadine Kopp through our Members' Directory.

  • 16 Jan 2020 9:01 PM | Anonymous

    Register soon for your choice of 1 of 5 'Plants and Archaeology' workshops by Rudy Fecteau!  Spaces are very limited, to receive a high quality hands-on experience.

    Go to our Events page to see which spaces are left!

  • 21 Oct 2019 9:15 PM | Anonymous

    Letter from the APA to the Hon. Steve Clark, Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing re: the proposed changes to the PPS

    20191021_APAToMinisterClark rePPS revisions.pdf

  • 18 Jul 2019 8:30 AM | Anonymous

    APA is committed to broaden the membership base for all types of specialists who work directly with Ontario's archaeological resources and cultural landscapes.

    APA membership is open to those who may not have formal training in archaeology but are employed by their Nation as resource specialists in lands/resources and cultural heritage or as archaeological liaisons/monitors for their Nation. 

    The Membership Categories page contains descriptions for First Nations Consultation Staff membership, First Nations Liaison membership, and Associate membership.


  • 20 Jan 2019 3:24 PM | Anonymous

    Active members have received their copies of the Newsletter, winter edition 2018.2, by email today.  If you have not received yours, send a quick note to members@apaontario.ca

    Past issues of APA's Newsletter are available at Newsletter Archives

  • 19 Jan 2019 3:42 PM | Anonymous

    Some of you may have noticed that the MTCS web page has taken down many of its Fact Sheets.  We asked Katherine Cappella (Manager, Archaeology Program Unit) if she could advise of the reason and she has given permission to share this helpful reply:

    As for the fact sheets on our website, in the fall it came to our attention that several of the links on our website were dead or pointing users to older/outdated versions of documents.  We had all of the links disabled so that we could review the documents up on the website and replace any outdated ones with the most recent versions.  Our communications team (which is an entity outside the archaeology unit) continues to work on this.  In the meantime, if members with licences need a copy of any of our publications, including fact sheets, they can find them in PastPort’s Resource centre. Members can also email us at archaeology@ontario.ca to request a copy of any publication or form. -KC

    For other recent MTCS Archaeology updates, click on the following link: 2018Dec_MTCS_ManagerMemo.pdf

  • 19 Jan 2019 2:31 PM | Anonymous

    Both the TRC and UNDRIP highlight the need to include the oral histories and traditional knowledge of Indigenous Peoples within narratives that describe and characterize Indigenous pasts.

    Ontario archaeologists have yet to integrate this must needed component to interpretations of the archaeological record. Oral histories and Indigenous Knowledge can offer comprehensive contextual layers when elucidating past realities. Current archaeological interpretation in Ontario is fairly limited to its Euro-Canadian paradigm and methodologies, but can be expanded to include a more balanced approach and generate more complete understandings of the past. 

    Join us for an educational workshop where Anishinaabeg Elders and Knowledge Holders will share some historical teachings and cultural knowledge with the APA. In the spirit of relationship building and reconciliation, it is hoped that this information sharing session will promote the application of Indigenous knowledge and oral traditions to archaeological interpretations and subsequent narratives in Ontario.

    Further details will be announced soon! 

    If you want to be alerted directly about the event details and registration, send a quick email to members@apaontario.ca


  • 09 Jan 2019 4:18 PM | Anonymous

    Happy New Year!  The APA Executive members are pleased to congratulate recent recipients of the Student Bursary and the Radiocarbon Date Merit Award.  Many thanks to the APA members who have been donating to the Student Bursaries, and many thanks to A.E. Lalonde Laboratories who provide the AMS C14 analyses for our member awards.

    To read more about these members and their research, follow the links below.

    2018-19 Post-Secondary Student Bursary: Josh Garrett

    2018 Radiocarbon Date Merit Award: Daniel Smith

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