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Vancouver Park Board first municipal body in Canada to hire in-house archaeologist

July 4 2016

“From our historic Stanley Park dialogue to Truth and Reconciliation Actions, Survivors Pole in Pigeon Park and now the hiring of a staff archaeologist, we are demonstrating that commitment with action.”

Geordie Howe

The Vancouver Park Board has achieved another Truth and Reconciliation milestone in hiring the first full-time staff archaeologist employed by a municipal government in Canada.

40 years experience

Geordie Howe, B.A, RCPA (Registered Professional Consulting Archaeologist) joined the park development team at 2099 Beach Avenue in late June.  He has worked in the profession for forty years and is past president of the BC Association of Professional Archeologists and former editor at The Midden, a publication of the Archaeological Society of BC.
 
“I am thrilled to be joining the Park Board at a time when many levels of government are embarking on a new relationship with our First Nations,” says Howe. “ The protection and careful, respectful management of sites of archaeological importance is a cornerstone of that relationship.”

Key resource with First Nations

Howe will be a key resource to the Park Board’s on-going work with the Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh Nations on a master plan for Stanley Park. The First Nations provided a representative to the hiring panel for the staff archaeologist position and agreed with the Board’s choice of Howe.

Demonstrating commitment with action

 “This Board is committed to the renewal of our relationship with First Nations,” said Park Board Chair Sarah Kirby-Yung.

“From our historic Stanley Park dialogue to Truth and Reconciliation Actions, Survivors Pole in Pigeon Park and now the hiring of a staff archaeologist, we are demonstrating that commitment with action.”

In addition to the Stanley Park master planning process, Howe will support a variety of current projects on sites of potential archeological significance. These include the New Brighton Salt Marsh (in partnership with Port of Vancouver), habitat restoration at Beaver Lake, seawall renovations, Jericho / Locarno park lands, and the East Fraser Lands development.