M.A. Theses: Erin Hogg, 2014

Community Engagement in British Columbia Archaeology

Archaeologists are increasingly aware that our discipline affects living people, including the descendant communities on whose lands we work and heritage we explore. This trend has created a rise in collaborative archaeological practices, including community-based, collaborative, and indigenous archaeologies. This thesis addresses the topics of collaboration and community engagement, by determining how, to what extent, and to what ends archaeologists and descendant communities are working together in British Columbia.
To examine these questions I first describe literature and theory on collaboration within and outside of archaeology, including past attempts to assess or evaluate community engagement. I use this to frame a set of attributes describing all effective elements of community engagement. I then use these attributes to assess individual British Columbia archaeology projects, through interviews with British Columbia archaeologists and a sample of the British Columbia archaeology reports. My results indicate that British Columbia archaeologists recognize the importance of community engagement and attempt to implement strategies of engagement in their projects. Moreover, my results indicate that meaningful community engagement includes the opportunity for partnership, involvement, and long-lasting relationships.

Keywords: Collaborative Archaeology; Community Engagement; British Columbia Archaeology