About the CAA

Public Advocacy Committee

Purpose and Objectives


Statement of Purpose

It has been a difficult year for Canadian archaeology. Since the last AGM in May our Association has witnessed massive cuts to Parks Canada and our federal archaeology program and changes to the Museums Act which threaten the viability of archaeology and anthropology and their contributions to Canada’s heritage and history at the national and regional levels, including at the Canadian Museum of Civilization, soon to be the Canadian Museum of History. Equally destructive are the cuts that have been made to the national archives in Ottawa and archives and library programmes across the country. These issues are symptomatic of the current federal governments’ general stance, which seems to be bent upon attacking science and reason in Canada. Our membership has raised concerns about these issues and indicated that the Canadian Archaeological Association should take a stronger stance against these changes in order to promote the objectives of this organization.

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Joint Statement on Cultural Destruction in Iraq and Syria

June 26, 2015

The members of the Canadian Archaeological Association, the Canadian Art Museum Directors Organization (CAMDO), and the International Council of Museums Canada (ICOM Canada) denounce the directed and intentional destruction of cultural heritage and heritage sites within Iraq and Syria. The heritage sites of Iraq and Syria represent thousands of years of human development and artistic expression. Their destruction is a devastating strike against cultural diversity and an attempt to erase the complex and intertwined history of our collective human experience.

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Fortress of Louisbourg, Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia

This letter was written by the Public Communications committee in response to Parks Canada developing a parking lot over the Fortress of Louisbourg, Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia.

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Change in Name and Purpose of the Canadian Museum of Civilization

Dec 11, 2012


The Canadian Archaeological Association is joined by other organizations in our opposition to the change in name and purpose of the Canadian Museum of Civilization, soon to be the Canadian Museum of History.


We are concerned that the new mandate places a disproportionate emphasis on Canadian history after confederation at the expense of the human history and our cultural achievements as a whole, and particularly those of the peoples who have occupied these lands since time immemorial. We are also concerned that the apparent de-emphasis on research and the management and acquisition of collections undermines the museum’s ability to facilitate the production of knowledge about Canada’s past.

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Draconian cuts to Parks Canada

Dear Friends and Colleagues:

As you know, Bill C-38 will result in a massive reduction to Parks Canada’s archaeologists and conservators. The Canadian Archaeological Association unanimously adopted the following resolution at our Annual General Meeting on May 19, 2012:  “We propose that the Canadian Archaeological Association take a strong position against these cuts to personnel and infrastructures and that it seeks the support of appropriate organizations in Canada and abroad.”

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