Brittany Cleminson

Email: brittany.cleminson@sfu.ca

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

B.A.: Trent University, Archaeology (Minor: History), 2016

Supervisor: Dr. Rudy Reimer (Yumks)

Research Areas:

Indigenous Archaeology

Landscape Archaeology

Archaeological Potential Modelling 

Archaeology of Interior British Columbia

 

 

 

Introduction:

Originally from Ontario, I graduated from Trent University with a BA in Archaeology in 2016. Between 2013 and 2017, I worked as a Field Technician for several large CRM companies in Ontario. While on a hydroelectric project in Northern Ontario, I had a career changing experience that led me to focus exclusively on First Nations-led consulting archaeology. This career choice prompted my move to British Columbia, where I am now employed by the Williams Lake First Nation as a Natural Resources Coordinator / Archaeologist. Since 2018, I have been actively involved in forestry and mining surveys, systematic data recovery, laboratory analysis, rights and title research, and policy planning on behalf of the Nation and its CRM company, Sugar Cane Archaeology.

M.A. Research Plans: 

I intend to analyze the effectiveness of the archaeological predictive modelling, using the Northern Secwépemc Predictive Model (Wilson et al., 1998), the WIlliams Lake Forest District Model (Eldridge et al., 1998), and the Quesnel Forest District Model (Heffner et al., 2009) as a case studies. I hope that my research will demonstrate significant gaps present within each of the models, with relation to sample size, Indigenous traditional knowledge, paleoclimatic data, geomorphological variation, and problems that are inherent within archaeological predictive modelling. In particular, I am concerned about the colonial implications of modern corporate consulting practice, as it relates to Indigenous title and rights, natural resource management, and socio-economic development.

Other Activities: I am an avid outdoors enthusiast, and can often be found camping, canoeing, and hiking around the backcountry. When not in the field, I spend a lot of my time practicing and training as a member of the Central Cariboo Search and Rescue team.

 

Publications:

2020 Cleminson, B. UBC Research Forest Partners with Williams Lake Indian Band on LiDAR Project. Branchlines 31(1): 10.

2020 Cleminson, B. Indigenous Archaeology: Sugar Cane Archaeology. Lexey'em (Winter 2020 Edition): 24. 

2019   Cleminson, B. British Columbia Capacity Initiative 2018/2019: Bowron Lake Provincial Park Survey (Xatśūll First Nation). Sugar Cane Archaeology. Submitted to the BC Archaeology Branch. Copies available through the BC Archaeology Branch, Victoria.

2019   Cleminson, B. British Columbia Capacity Initiative 2018/2019: Fraser River (Stswecem’c Xgat’tem First Nation). Sugar Cane Archaeology. Submitted to the BC Archaeology Branch. Copies available through the BC Archaeology Branch, Victoria.

2019   Cleminson, B. British Columbia Capacity Initiative 2018/2019: 100 Mile District (Tsq’escen’ First Nation). Sugar Cane Archaeology. Submitted to the BC Archaeology Branch. Copies available through the BC Archaeology Branch, Victoria.

2019   Cleminson, B. British Columbia Capacity Initiative 2018/2019: Quesnel Lake (Williams Lake Indian Band). Sugar Cane Archaeology. Submitted to the BC Archaeology Branch. Copies available through the BC Archaeology Branch, Victoria.

2019   Cleminson, B. Archaeological Overview Assessments. Sugar Cane Archaeology. Assessments for various clients and development projects in Interior British Columbia.

2019   Cleminson, B. Preliminary Field Reconnaissance Reports. Sugar Cane Archaeology.

Reports for various clients and development projects in Interior British Columbia.

2018   Cleminson, B. 2018-0055: Archaeological Impact Assessment of Section 7, Township 42, Lillooet District, British Columbia. Sugar Cane Archaeology. Submitted to the BC Archaeology Branch. Heritage Conservation Act Permit 2018-0055. Copies available through the BC Archaeology Branch, Victoria.

Presentations:

2020 Cleminson, B. "Stories of Indigenous Resilience: Williams Lake First Nation". Presented at the BC Climate Change and Adaptation Strategy Summit: Virtual Event. 

2019  Cleminson, B. “Dousing the Flames: Mitigating Damage to Archaeological Sites in Wildfire Affected Areas”. Presented at the British Columbia Archaeology Forum: Tsleil-Waututh Nation, North Vancouver, British Columbia.

2018   Spearing, W., and B. Cleminson. “Careers in Indigenous Archaeology”. Presented at the University of Northern British Columbia (UNBC) Anthropology Career Panel: Prince George, British Columbia.

2018   Spearing, W., and B. Cleminson. “Remodelling the Northern Secwepemc Archaeological Predictive Model”. Presented at the Northern Secwepemc te Qelmucw “Working Groups Unite” Community Meeting: Williams Lake, British Columbia.

2018   Cleminson, B. “What is Archaeology?”. Presented at the Williams Lake Indian Band Job Fair: Williams Lake, British Columbia.

Images: 

Holding a recovered projectile point. Quesnel Lake, BC. (2018)

Shovel testing during an Archaeological Impact Assessment. Williams Lake, BC. (2018)

Mapping an archaeological site. Bowron Lake Provincial Park, BC. (2018)

Conducting an Archaeological Inventory Study. Wells Gray Provincial Park, BC. (2018)