Vancouver hires first municipal archaeologist in Canada

Jul 4 2016, 4:59 pm

The Vancouver Park Board has made history, becoming the first municipal body in Canada to hire its own archaeologist.

Archaeologist Geordie Howe will support the park’s work with the Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh Nations on a master plan for Stanley Park, a release said Monday.

Howe is a past president of the BC Association of Professional Archeologists and also edited 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,” said Howe in the release.

“The protection and careful, respectful management of sites of archaeological importance is a cornerstone of that relationship.”

The First Nations involved in the project were represented on the hiring panel and agreed with the choice of Howe.

He will also work on other projects of possible archeological significance, including the New Brighton Salt Marsh, habitat restoration at Beaver Lake, seawall renovations, Jericho/Locarno park lands and the East Fraser Lands development.

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