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:

The importance of ensuring am meaningful Aboriginal engagement in Cultural Resource Management. A case study of past and contemporary relevance of the woodland site Munro (AiGx-415).

The Munro site (AiGx-415) study will demonstrate the importance and impacts of contemporary engagement with First Nations representatives on the Munro site. The study will be highlighted firstly by insight into the Munro’s material culture including contemporary First Nations affiliations to cultures past. Secondly, it will emphasize the current engagement process associated with cultural heritage management. Lastly, the study will demonstrate how the cultural heritage management practice can be a model for learning about Aboriginal engagement and the differing perspectives between collaborative parties on site.

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