Grace Islet Controversy

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ARCHAEOLOGICAL SOCIETY OF BRITISH COLUMBIA
In association with the Anthropology Department of UVic
MAY MEETING
Tuesday, May 19, 2014,
7:30 pm
Cornett Building B129
University of Victoria

ARCHAEOLOGICAL SOCIETY OF BRITISH COLUMBIA
In association with the Anthropology Department of UVic
MAY MEETING
Tuesday, May 19, 2014,
7:30 pm
Cornett Building B129
University of Victoria

GRACE ISLET CONTROVERSY
Abstract: In 2014, controversy arose over construction of a luxury vacation home on a First Nations cemetery at Grace Islet in Ganges Harbour off Salt Spring Island. Responding to the issuance of a provincial Heritage Site Alteration Permit, a coalition of First Nations and non-indigenous allies joined together to protect the cemetery, deploying an array of tactics from lobbying local government and provincial government officials to staging paddles to and around the contested site. In January 2015, these efforts bore fruit when the Government of British Columbia announced that it had acquired that islet and that the site would be remediated, with the half-built home decommissioned and the land restored and stewarded culturally and ecologically. In this presentation, Ben Isitt, who participated in the effort to protect Grace Islet, discusses the politics of First Nations cultural sites in British Columbia today and the ambiguous legal space between the exercise of customary indigenous rights and settler property rights.

Bio: Ben Isitt is a Victoria City Councillor and Capital Regional District director who was involved in the effort to protect the cultural heritage site at Grace Islet. In his professional life, Ben is a historian and legal scholar, currently affiliated with the University of Victoria Faculty of Law.
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Paleoethnobotany of Kilgii Gwaay: a 10,700 year old Ancestral Haida Archaeological Wet Site Jenny Cohen

 

ARCHAEOLOGICAL SOCIETY OF BRITISH COLUMBIA

VICTORIA

In association with the Anthropology Department of UVic

    

         SEPTEMBER MEETING 

Tuesday, September 16, 2014,

 7:30 pm

Cornett Building B129

(North End of Cornett building)

University of Victoria 

Paleoethnobotany of Kilgii Gwaay: a 10,700 year old Ancestral Haida Archaeological Wet Site

Jenny Cohen

Abstract: Kilgii Gwaay is an intertidal archaeological site, located in southern Haida Gwaii, British Columbia. Worked wood artifacts revealed the site’s significance as one of the earliest known examples of preserved plant usage on the Northwest Coast. Further excavations and analyses as part of my thesis research have added considerably to the known plant technologies and local paleoecology. Anatomical and morphological analyses of waterlogged material indicate the use of several species by ancestral Haida, including Sitka spruce (Picea sitchensis), Western hemlock (Tsuga heterophylla), alder (Alnus sp.), salmonberry (Rubus spectabilis), and red elderberry (Sambucus racemosa). These preliminary findings are consistent with local resource use and demonstrate the occurrence of technological practices, such as root- and wood-splitting, millennia before the widespread advent of western redcedar (Thuja plicata) in the region.

Bio: Jenny Cohen is finishing her Masters at the University of Victoria under the supervision of Dr. Quentin Mackie. She has been with Parks Canada and UVic on various Northwest Coast archaeological research projects since 2009. She also does artifact illustration and has worked in consulting archaeology. Her main interest areas are paleoethnobotany and environmental archaeology of early Holocene coastal sites. She incorporates previous training in horticulture, herbalism and fine arts into her research.

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Memorial for Gerry Merner

Announcing a Memorial Celebration for Gerry Merner May 10, 2014, 3 to 6 pm

Shortly before he died Gerry decided he didn’t want a formal funeral. He wanted his memorial to be an informal party in a light-filled place, and he specifically wanted all his friends from the ASBC to be there. His wife Margaret sent the following invitation, saying “Please encourage members of the Arch. Society to join us.” See you there.

– Pete Dady and the executive of the Victoria ASBC.

Message from Margaret Merner: “Hello all, I’m writing at this time to let you know about the Memorial Celebration for Gerald, who as you know passed suddenly on April 2nd. The Celebration will be held at the Spencer Castle heritage building, on the grounds of Spencer Castle residences – 2906 Cook Street, May 10, 3 to 6 pm. For map, click on this link.  Although accessed from Cook St there is limited parking on the grounds, and attendees are encouraged to park on The Rise, Arthur Ave or Summit Ave behind Smith’s Hill Reservoir. Car-pooling is encouraged. Come celebrate Gerald’s life and share memories with friends and family. And please forward this invitation to anyone you think might like to attend.”

Michelle Puckett – Clam Gardens on Quadra Island, BC.

Upcoming Talk – Tuesday, May 20, 2014.  7:30 pm, at Cornett Building, Room B129, UVic (see map below)

Transforming the Beach, Transforming our Thinking: Ancient Clam Gardens of Northern Quadra Island, BC. A talk by Michelle Puckett

The indigenous people of the Northwest Coast practised a variety of resource and environmental management strategies to maintain and enhance foods, and other valued resources. This paper focuses on one form of ancient marine management, locally known as “clam gardens”. Continue reading

Hein Bjerk – Post-Glacial Colonization of Scandinavia

Hein B. Bjerck, Professor in Archaeology at Norwegian University of Science and Technology will be giving a lecture “The Colonization of Scandinavian Seascapes in the Pleistocene/Holocene Transition”.

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An exciting and important subject for study here on the Northwest Coast is how and when the “first” people arrived, particularly at the end of the last Ice Age.  In order to understand this, it is necessary to understand the local sea-level histories and paleo-environments.  Continue reading

Andreas Fuls – A short history of Mayan astronomy

Tuesday, March 18th, 7:30 p.m., at the University of Victoria, next ASBC talk:

A short history of Mayan astronomy: The Mayan calendar and the collapse of the Classic Mayan culture by Dr. Andreas Fuls, Berlin Institute of Technology, Germany

The Classic Mayan developed a sophisticated calendar and observed the Sun, Moon, planets and stars. Precise astronomical data allow correlation of the Mayan calendar to the Christian calendar. A new chronology is proposed and verified by different dating methods and data, which also results in a discussion of the so-called “Mayan collapse”. Continue reading