First Nations Engagement

Atlatl takes a unique stance towards First Nations engagement, seeing it as a complimentary aspect to archaeology instead of a stand-alone discipline. This is achieved through Traditional Land Use studies that involve traditional knowledge studies, Elder interviews, archival research, and community engagement being paired with the hands-on training of First Nations participants to be fully active members on archaeological studies and excavations. This mutually beneficial relationship allows the archaeologists to better understand some of the ephemeral cultural activities being carried out on site, and aids the First Nations communities in understanding the archaeological process and regulations, as well as providing practical skills that enable them to participate in a process directly linked to their cultural heritage. It allows them to be full participants in the interpretation of the findings on site and have input as to proceedings when culturally sensitive materials are encountered.

We have seen firsthand how this style of engagement helps open and facilitate communications and understanding between the client and local Bands. Open communication is often the best way to satisfy both the client and the Bands, ensuring that all concerns are fully addressed and that the proposed project is completed in a timely and satisfactory fashion.