Our Vision, Mission, and Values Statements
Vision Statement: The Archaeological Society of Alberta enhances the public’s understanding of Alberta’s archaeological resources and instils an appreciation of our collective past. The Archaeological Society of Alberta advocates for the safeguarding of our non-renewable cultural heritage.
Mission Statement: The objectives of the Archaeological Society of Alberta are to:
Advance education in archaeology and related disciplines in Alberta by:
- Disseminating archaeological information to all interested persons. This may be in the form of public talks, events, school visits, publications, and social media;
- Investing in ASA centres across the province that educate and engage the public;
- Providing training, advice, and assistance in the proper methods of locating, excavating, classifying, recording, and studying archaeological sites and the artifacts recovered;
- Facilitating networking to share information and best practices in archaeology;
- Engaging with academics, cultural resources management (CRM) professionals, and the First Nations, Metis, and Inuit (FNMI);
- Providing scholarships to outstanding students studying archaeology.
Assist the Archaeological Survey, Alberta Culture and Tourism and its successors in:
- Protecting and preserving archaeological sites designated as historical resources under the Alberta Heritage Act, 1973 (subsequently renamed Alberta Historical Resources Act) and any amendments thereto;
- Encouraging the reporting of archaeological sites;
- Discouraging the collection of archaeological remains by individuals or groups without permitted authorization.
Values Statement: The Archaeological Society of Alberta values education, collaboration, accessibility, diversity, and the preservation of our cultural resources. The Archaeological Society of Alberta is committed to creating ways to educate and share knowledge about our past that are inclusive and accessible to all Albertans.
ASA Indigenous Land Acknowledgment
The Archaeological Society of Alberta (ASA) recognizes the Indigenous Peoples of all the lands that we are on today. The ASA acknowledges the importance of the lands we share and call home. We do this to reaffirm our commitment and responsibility in improving relationships between nations and to improving our own understanding of local Indigenous peoples and their cultures. The lands of Alberta are the ancestral and unceded territories of the people of Treaty 4, 6, 7, 8, and 10, namely the Assiniboine, Beaver, Blackfoot Confederacy: Kainai, Piikani, and Siksika; Chipewyan, Cree, Dene, Nakota Sioux, Saulteaux, Stoney Nakoda, and the Tsuu T’ina Nations as well as the Métis Nation of Alberta within the historical Northwest Métis homeland. Their histories, languages, and cultures have and continue to enrich our province and our organization. We acknowledge the harms and mistakes of the past and consider how we can move forward in a spirit of truth, reconciliation, and collaboration.
Information about the Archaeological Society of Alberta
The Society has both non-profit and charitable status. It is made up of more than 350 individual members and 12 institutional memberships, from across the province of Alberta and beyond. There are six Centres, which have their own elected officials. The Board consists of the president, past president, secretary, treasurer, one representative of each Centre and the editor(s) of the Alberta Archaeological Review, which is published twice a year. The Society holds an annual general meeting and conference each spring.
The Society was incorporated in 1975 when three Centres joined together to form the provincial body. Subsequently, four other Centres joined but one has since ceased to operate. The regional Centres (Edmonton, Bodo, Red Deer, Calgary, Lethbridge, and Southeastern) operate independently, holding regular monthly meetings throughout the year and field trips during the summer months. These trips involve visiting archaeological sites, mapping, surveying, and excavating. The Centres also hold public outreach activities throughout the province.
The ASA is supported by a grant from the Alberta Historical Resources Foundation and through fundraising efforts and membership fees of our members.
All members of the ASA support the terms of the Alberta Historical Resources Act which provides protection to all archaeological and paleontological sites in Alberta.
The ASA has also supported the publication of several books and papers, and puts out a biannual report called The Alberta Archaeological Review.
The Archaeological Society of Alberta (ASA) Executive board is made of consulting archaeologists, academics, and avocational members interested in archaeology.