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  • 25 Nov 2017 9:41 PM | Anonymous

    The Association of Professional Archaeologists (Ontario) and Curve Lake First Nation will bring this timely workshop for members on the Duty to ConsultEngagement, and Williams Treaty First Nation Treaties.  

    Time: Friday December 15, 2017  11:00 - 3:00 p.m. Where: Curve Lake First Nation ~ Community Centre, 20 Whetung Street East

    APA members only, space is limited, cost is $40.00 per person.

    Elder Doug Williams will conduct the Opening and Closing. 

    Senwung Luk of Olthuis, Kleer, Townshend, LLP  (Toronto office) will speak to archaeologists' responsibilities within the realm of the Duty to Consult and Approval Authorities (learn where you fit in!) and will take questions.

    Dave Mowat, Scugog Island First Nation, will speak on Understanding WTFN Treaties.

    For additional information and to learn how to register, click here to visit the Events page.

  • 12 Nov 2017 8:58 PM | Anonymous

    New resources are available, including the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (2008) available for download in .pdf format, and links to the Supreme Court decisions for the Haida and the Taku cases re: Duty to Consult -- all on the public 'First Nations' tab. 

    For members, log in and head to Members Resources and 'First Nations Contacts' tab for recent additions to the contact information for Consultation Coordinators.

  • 09 Nov 2017 10:18 PM | Anonymous

    Deadline for comments fast approaching (November 17th) for "A Guide to Cultural Heritage Resources in the Land Use Planning Process"

    It has been brought to our attention that the document

    A Guide to Cultural Heritage Resources in the Land Use Planning Process

    is open for public comment until November 17th and may have large impacts on archaeology and heritage policy. Any comments submitted to APA by members will be part of a general submission and not identified to individual.

    For more details, to access the document, and for instructions about submitting comments directly to the Province follow the link below:

    APA's Board of Directors will be reviewing the document and preparing a response, and we hope to add many members' voices. Please reply with your thoughts to Cathy Crinnion (APA Secretary/Treasurer) at

  • 25 Oct 2017 11:10 PM | Anonymous

    Bill Finlayson, long-time APA member, has just published a 170 page popular book on the 2012-2014 total excavation of Patterson Village, a 19th century company town in Vaughan. It is available now in print and ebook format with iBook format soon.  To order a copy of The Archaeology of Patterson Village go to

    To read more, head to the Archaeology Research News tab.

  • 14 Oct 2017 9:49 PM | Anonymous

    Entries for the lottery are now being accepted until Friday October 20th, 2017 at 11:59pmEST.  To enter for a chance at winning one complementary AMS analysis, visit the Radiocarbon Awards tab.

  • 07 Oct 2017 8:24 PM | Anonymous

    Active members have been emailed their copy of APA's newest Newsletter -- check your spam folders if it is not in your inbox.

    Featured in this Issue


    Dr. Julie Kapyrka "Remembering Relationships: Mississauga and Wendat"

    Dr. James Conolly and Dr. Lawrence Jackson "Mound Building in Southern Ontario" (2017 CAA Session)

    Upcoming Award Deadline:

    Radiocarbon Date Lottery Draw: entries due by October 15, 2017 (one AMS date to be randomly awarded from the entries received)


    Members in need of renewal: log in and visit your Profile page to renew and receive your copy of the Newsletter as well as many other benefits of membership. Note that only active members are eligible for the AMS C14 Lottery -- entry deadline is only 1 week away!

  • 27 Sep 2017 10:11 PM | Anonymous

    DigConnect, APA's Job Bank notification system, is up and running with posted job ads.  Log in and visit the APA Job Bank tab, or subscribe to receive direct emails by visiting your "My Profile" page.

  • 24 Sep 2017 9:55 PM | Anonymous

    Head to the APA Publications and Reports tab to view and download the newest online publication in this series: UAV (drone) aerial photography and photogrammetry and its utility for archaeological site documentation by Scott Hamilton and Jason Stephenson.

  • 11 Sep 2017 8:43 PM | Anonymous

    ~ Dig Connect – what is this ?!?? ~

    A new service to members, Dig Connect will circulate job postings via direct email to those members who wish to receive them.  This is not just strictly for fieldwork positions, but for any paid or volunteer opportunities that are related to what we do as heritage professionals… we just wanted a catchy name that wasn’t already being used by other employment banks in Ontario ;)

    Are you a member who would like to receive job postings right to your Inbox?

    1.      Log on to with your username and password.

    2.      Click on the ‘View Profile’ link in the lower left corner of the page.

    3.      Click on the ‘Edit Profile’ button near the top.

    4.      Scroll to the Additional Information section of your profile.

    5.      Select the Yes option beside “Dig Connect”.

    6.      Save your changes by clicking the ‘Save’ button at the bottom.

    Note that your public Profile page will not display your interest in Dig Connect in any way (in case you wish to keep your interest in other job opportunities to yourself).

    Please contact the specific employers rather than replying to APA about any job postings that you have questions about or are interested in.

    Are you an employer who needs new staff or volunteers?

    1.      Email your job posting to and be sure to include the date when the posting will close, your preferred means to be contacted, and all other pertinent info that a prospective employee or volunteer might need to know.

    2.      APA will then circulate your job posting to all APA members who wish to see it!

    In addition, active job postings will be available on the website in the Members’ Only section on the APA Job Bank tab so that they can be easily found should an email become accidentally deleted.

    Enjoy making new job connections with other APA members!

    ~ APA’s Radiocarbon Date Lottery has returned!! ~

    Those of you who have been perusing the newly updated Newsletter archives on the website may have seen talk of the lottery and its lucky recipients in the past.  The Executive has been working to revive this assistance to its members, and the added benefit for all will be the sharing of the dating results and the significance of those dates to the sites from which the samples are recovered.

    Members now have the opportunity to submit entries for the randomly-selected lottery that will take place once per year, but also there will be a second stream of funding which will also cover the dating of a sample in the Radiocarbon Date Merit Award program.  Details for this second program will soon be posted.  In the meantime, try your luck in the lottery! 

    To submit your entry for the 2017 Radiocarbon Date Lottery, simply provide us with the following information in an email to by October 15, 2017:

    ·         Your information (name, contact, etc.)

    ·         PIF number for the project where the sample was collected

    ·         Site type, if applicable

    ·         The context from which the sample was recovered, and

    ·         The type of the material to be dated

    If you wish, you can also provide a brief note indicating:

    ·         How this date will contribute to the archaeological record in Ontario

    ·         How this award will contribute to your work as a professional archaeologist

    A random draw will be made, and the lucky winner gets the opportunity to make a lasting contribution over and above the excellent work they are already doing.

    As with everything in life, the award comes with strings attached. In this case, the strings are simply this: the winner, upon receipt of the date on the material, must provide a brief note about the site, the sample and results, with a comment on how the date relates to expectations and/or contributes to the archaeological record.

    ~ Student Bursary program for 2017-18!! ~

    Student members, sharpen your pencils because instructions will be announced soon for the first ever round of bursary applications!  Your academic studies and skills are as valuable as your field training, and the Association wants to show its support of your efforts in your studies of archaeology, culture history, cultural resource management, and such related fields that will prepare you for work in identifying and protecting Ontario’s resources.

    Submissions will be due by January 31, 2018 and will be granted during this academic year.  Stay tuned for details to be circulated to the membership and posted on APA’s website.

    ~ Updates ~

    Recent updates to the public tabs on the website include:

    - Newsletter Archives: many hard copies have been scanned and include back issues from 1990 – 2001 – these contain interesting content, much of which is still relevant!  More recent issues that were originally created in digital format are of course there as well.

    - Publications and Reports: 2 reports have been added to the one item that was formerly in the Publications tab as an Occasional Paper; both are reports of the APA’s Investigation Committee: one being the 2011 report on the site visit to Skandatut, and the other is the 2016 Burial Recommendations section from the Allandale Investigation.

    Recent updates to the members’ only section include:

    - the APA Job Bank’s “Dig Connect”, in time for this busy fall season!  Read all about it at the top of this Communiqué and get involved!

    - Member Resources: First Nations Contacts: a copy of the “Archaeological Protocol: Curve Lake First Nation” (adopted by Chief and Council in Sept of 2016) is available for download.  Also, Consultation Staff contacts for all of the Williams Treaty First Nations were provided and are current in this tab as of May of 2017.

    - in the Members Lounge: meeting minutes continue to be posted periodically as they are approved, to give you a peek behind the scenes into APA Executive meetings and APA-MTCS meetings.

    ~ upcoming Newsletter ~

    The Summer 2017 newsletter is full and is being formatted for circulation as we speak.  It contains a great variety of topics:

    • James Conolly on the CAA Middle Woodland session
    • Julie Kapykra on Remembering Relationships, a look at oral tradition of Wendat and Mississauga relationships
    • Membership graph update showing 130 members and major increases the past three years
    • and more!

    ~ APA’s Board of Directors ~

    As reported in June’s Communiqué, 3-month interim appointments to the Board were accepted by members Laura McRae and Norbert Stanchly.  During the busy summer months, Laura and Norbert have attended Executive meetings and have provided valuable input relating to APA business and correspondence as well as new memberships and renewals. 

    Laura has agreed to remain on the Board until the next AGM at which point an election will be held.  Due to time constraints, Norbert has not offered to extend his executive membership at this time, but has plans to participate with committee work once his day-to-day workload eases up.  Thank-you to Norbert for all of your assistance.

    ~ Reminders ~

    ·         Become Involved: There are many other ways for members to take an active role in achieving the aims of the Association, such as special duties and committee participation.  The Board is very excited that Scott Hamilton is taking on the role of Editor to resume APA’s Occassional Publications series.  Also, new Professional member Julie Kapyrka is taking on the role of Chair for the Training and Workshops Committee to help keep those valuable learning opportunities coming regularly for the members.  Additional members are invited and welcomed to join Julie on this committee.

    ·         Member Services: If there are any services you believe that APA should be offering to its members, don’t hesitate to communicate these to the Board and offer your assistance so that we can all benefit!  APA can only achieve as much as its member volunteers can manage.

    ·         Members Forum: Log in to and visit the Members Forum in the Members Lounge; click on ‘Subscribe’ at the top to receive email notices that a new discussion topic has been initiated.

    ·         Membership Fee Discounts: Discounts of 20% on membership fees are available to Professional, Field Director and Associate members when you join or renew for a 3-year period, or just by alerting us to the fact that you have a co-worker who is also a current member – just send a quick email to to take advantage of this offer, and then go treat yourself (to a new trowel??) with the money you have saved.

  • 09 Sep 2017 2:28 PM | Anonymous

    *new* APA job bank: "Dig Connect" -- providing members with convenient, organized and current job postings!  Employers: send your job postings to

    *new* "Archaeological Protocol: Curve Lake First Nation" -- log in and visit Members Resources to access current information on the First Nations tab and download resources such as CLFN's archaeological protocol document

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