Christian Meier


M.A.: Heritage Resource Management M.A. Candidate

B.A.: University of Waterloo 2014, Anthropology


Supervisor: Dr. George Nicholas

Research Areas: Cultural Heritage Management, Great Lakes Archaeology, Pre-contact Archaeology, Social Archaeology

I graduated from the University of Waterloo in 2013 with a bachelor’s degree in anthropology. My undergrad program was highlighted by a field school in Peru; studying the Paracas culture. After receiving my degree, I was fortunate to receive employment in Cultural Resource Management in Ontario. I have been working in CRM for five years now, the Cultural Heritage Management Masters is essential for any individual looking to further pursue a career in the fast paced growing field of Cultural Heritage Management.

Research Interest:  

I have a nagging curiosity for contemporary Aboriginal engagement in cultural heritage management. Mainly my interests revolve around First Nations roles and influence in cultural heritage management, including differing perspectives among respective Aboriginal groups and the lack of control over their heritage in a developing and economically driven world. I practice CRM in Ontario where the majority of the land is treaty land, so naturally, I am also interested in the impacts of cultural heritage management on local Aboriginal communities, specifically the inclusion processes and land claims.

M.A. Research:

Study Title: A Critical Review of the Effects of Ontario’s Heritage Legislation on Indigenous Engagement in Southern Ontario: A survey of Indigenous opinions on heritage legislation, ownership and control in cultural heritage management.

The study is designed to collect and analyze information on the effects of Ontario heritage legislation on Indigenous peoples, based on Indigenous experiences with archaeological investigations in southern Ontario. The primary goal of the study is to develop a document summarizing Indigenous research feedback in aid of more effective and satisfying Indigenous engagement in heritage management.  A secondary goal of this study is to advocate for the rights of Indigenous peoples, specifically the right to protect and control their heritage. The Ministry of Tourism, Culture, and Sport says “they are committed to continual review of the technical bulletin (the Aboriginal Engagement Draft Technical Bulletin) with Aboriginal communities and archaeology stakeholders and will update the bulletin as needed to ensure that it is useful, effective and current” (Ontario Standards and guidelines for professional archaeologists 2011). Given the opportunity, I plan to provide insight on the usefulness and effectiveness of heritage legislation in Ontario from an Indigenous perspective.

Published work:

Assisted Report: Stage 4 Archaeological Monitor Solar Lands: Samsung Grand Renewable Energy

Assisted Report: Stage 3 Archaeological Assessment: Location 1(AiHc-414) Williamsburg South Subdivision, 1291 Fischer- Hallman Road