About the CAA

Principles of Ethical Conduct

Preamble

The objectives of the Canadian Archaeological Association include promoting, protecting and conserving the archaeological heritage of Canada, and the dissemination of archaeological knowledge. Canadian archaeologists conduct their activities according to the principles of scholarly practice and recognize the interests of groups affected by their research.

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Statement of Principles for Ethical Conduct Pertaining to Aboriginal Peoples

Preamble

The objectives of the Canadian Archaeological Association include the promotion, protection and conservation of the archaeological heritage of Canada, and the dissemination of archaeological knowledge. Canadian archaeologists conduct their activities according to the principles of scholarly practice and recognize the interests of groups affected by their research. Whereas the heritage of First Nations Peoples constitutes the greater part of the Canadian archaeological record, this document presents a Statement of Principles that guides members of the Association in their relationships with Aboriginal peoples.

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Statement on UNDRIP and TRC Calls to Action

The CAA endorses and adopts the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples and the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada: Calls to Action. The CAA acknowledges that Indigenous cultural heritage, including archaeological sites and artifacts, is the cultural and intellectual property of Indigenous peoples. Furthermore, the CAA affirms that every reasonable effort must be made to obtain the free, prior and informed consent of the relevant Indigenous communities before their archaeological heritage is investigated, protected, curated, and presented.

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Presentation of Human Remains in CAA Media

The CAA requires authors to obtain documented permission from descendant community(s) to present human remains in any media or form. Beyond genetics, descendant communities are defined here by their historical, cultural, and symbolic associations to places they consider ancestral.

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