David Schaepe

December 06, 2021

David M. Schaepe is Director and Senior Archaeologist at the Stó:lō Research and Resource Management Centre (SRRMC), a department within the Stó:lō Nation/Service Agency, and Adjunct Professor in SFU’s Department of Resource and Environmental Management.

He began working for the Stó:lō Nation as an archaeologist in 1997 while completing his MA in the Department of Archaeology at SFU. Schaepe received his PhD from UBC and continues to be gratefully schooled by colleagues and Stó:lō knowledge holders.

Schaepe works in arenas of Indigenous rights, title and relations with government, industry, academia and the public addressing issues of heritage and environmental stewardship, research, policy and regulatory process development, repatriation, intellectual properties, engagement-consultation processes, and health and well-being. He acts as the Chief Executive Office and Treaty Negotiation Team-member for the Stó:lō Xwexwilmexw Treaty Association, and General Manager and Chair of the S’ólh Téméxw Stewardship Alliance (STSA). For the STSA he was the Chief Negotiator of the STSA-BC Strategic Engagement Agreements, the STSA-BC Collaborative Stewardship Framework Agreement, as well as the first Federal Protocol Agreement in western Canada. A member of the provincial Joint Working Group on First Nations Heritage Conservation since 2012, he is currently negotiating the first Heritage Conservation Act s.4 Agreement in BC serving to gain legal recognition and protection for Indigenous sacred sites within Stó:lō Traditional Lands. For the STSA First Nations he is a project lead on major assessments including the TransMountain Expansion Project, collaboratively developing and applying innovative digital technologies and integrated cultural assessment processes.