The Canadian Archaeological Association (CAA) was founded in 1968. Membership includes professional, avocational and student archaeologists, as well as individuals of the general public of any country, who are interested in furthering the objectives of the Association.
The objectives of the CAA are as follows:
- To promote the increase and the dissemination of archaeological knowledge in Canada;
- To promote active discourse and cooperation among archaeological societies and agencies and encourage archaeological research and conservation efforts;
- To foster cooperative endeavours with aboriginal groups and agencies concerned with First Peoples' heritage of Canada;
- To serve as the national association capable of promoting activities advantageous to archaeology and discouraging activities detrimental to archaeology;
- To publish archaeological literature, and;
- To stimulate the interest of the general public in archaeology.
To achieve these objectives, the CAA:
- promotes activities aimed at fostering a greater role for archaeology;
- acts as an advocate in forums and the national scene;
- recognizes, through awards and honours, outstanding contributions to the field of archaeology;
- offers conferences, professional development activities, publication and communication networks designed to transfer the successful efforts of individuals and institutions into the collective advancement of Canadian archaeology.