54th Annual Meeting of the Canadian Archaeological Association

Events and Activities

RAM Special Admission

Visit the Royal Alberta Museum! The RAM has 13 curatorial programs exhibiting objects and specimens related to the heritage of Alberta’s people and natural environment; these include worklife and industry, Indigenous studies, daily life and leisure, archaeology, botany and palaeontology, to name a few. There are 2.5 million uniquely Albertan stories within the new 419,000 square foot facility, which opened in 2018.

Daily admission passes:
Adult $16.80
Senior (65+) $11.20

  • Passes are 20% off regular admission rates and have no expiry date.
  • Passes are only available to in-person conference attendees and may be ordered up to April 21.
  • Passes should be presented at the Admissions desk at the museum on entry.

For information to help plan your visit, including opening hours, go to https://royalalbertamuseum.ca/visit/hours-admission

The museum extends free admission to Indigenous Peoples.

Opening reception registration (free) - Wednesday, April 27, 5:30-7:30 pm, at the Westin Edmonton

Indigenous Archaeology Luncheon - Thursday, April 28, 12 pm to 1:30 pm, Civic Employees Fund Room 3, Stanley Milner Library - Free with registration (*sponsored event with maximum capacity of 25; registration includes lunch)

Indigenous conference attendees (including practicing Indigenous archaeologists, Indigenous community partners, Indigenous knowledge holders/Elders, Indigenous students, etc.) are invited to gather to build community and discuss issues unique to the engagement of Indigenous peoples in archaeology.

Sponsored by Turtle Island Cultural Resource Management
Hosted by Dr. Kisha Supernant (Institute of Prairie and Indigenous Archaeology, University of Alberta)

Women in Archaeology Event - Thursday, April 28, 4 pm to 6 pm at Dalla (10166 100A St NW) - Free with registration (*sponsored event with maximum registrants 40; registration includes snacks and wine)

Please join us for a casual but intimate get-together of women archaeologists of all kinds! Network with fellow consultants, students, academic and museum professionals, and learn about their strengths, weaknesses, struggles, and wins that led them to reach the success they have today. 

Sponsored by Circle CRM Group and TMHC
Hosted by Margarita de Guzman (Circle CRM Group)


Virtual Tour of the RAM archaeology collections - Thursday, April 28, 4 pm to 6 pm - Zoom - Free

Come for a virtual tour of the archaeology collections storage room in the newly built RAM! This is the largest collection of Alberta archaeological material in the province. We will showcase assemblages in the collection from significant sites that are not displayed in the public galleries.

Hosted by Kyle Forsythe (Curator of Archaeology, Royal Alberta Museum)

CRM Pub Night - Thursday, April 28, 8 pm at Campio Brewing (10257 105 St NW) - Free with registration (*sponsored event with maximum registrants 50; registration includes food and two drink tickets)

Consulting archaeologists (and those that love them or want to be them, aka colleagues and students) are invited to celebrate the contribution that industry-driven impact assessments have given to the archaeological record. Thousands of archaeology sites have been recorded as a result of fieldwork in Alberta alone, with hundreds mitigated. Join this community and raise a glass (or two)!

Sponsored by the Association of Consulting Archaeologists (Alberta), Circle CRM Group, Colbr Consulting, Whitecourt All Terrain, Turtle Island Cultural Resource Management, Atlatl Archaeology, Bison Historical Services

Publication Panel – Friday, April 29, 12 pm to 1 pm, Online - Free

Join us for a discussion and Q&A on publishing Canadian archaeological research. We will be joined by editors from various publication venues frequented by archaeology students, professional archaeologists, and researchers. Please come and ask your questions, whether you are a neophyte or a publishing pro!

Hosted by CAA Student Committee

Indigenous Heritage & CRM in Alberta - Friday, April 29, 10 am to 12 pm, Turner Valley Room - Free

Focusing on the example of the EL. Smith Solar Farm Project, this panel will discuss the inclusion of Indigenous stakeholders, outside of the regulatory environment, in cultural resource work related to a sustainable energy project located in the North Saskatchewan River valley.  A diverse spectrum of perspectives will be presented, including; from the proponent, the Indigenous communities engaged, a field monitor, and the directing archaeologist.  This case study will demonstrate that proponents, concerned Indigenous communities, and consulting archaeologists can work cooperatively in the absence of regulatory requirements.

Moderated by Annie Korver, Rise Consulting. Panelists: Gareth Spicer, Turtle Island Cultural Resource Management; Jed Johns, Manager, Government and Indigenous Relations, EPCOR; Chief Gil Goerz, Michel First Nation; Chief Calvin Bruneau, Papaschase First Nation; Chief Darlene Misik, Papaschase First Nation #136; Josh Alexis, Monitor, Enoch First Nation, EL. Smith Solar Farm

Student Speed Networking Event - Friday, April 29, 2 pm to 4 pm - Zoom - Free

Join the speed networking event hosted on Zoom. During the meeting, participants will be provided a brief description of various careers in archaeology, and will be introduced to the CAAs planned Mentorship program and given the opportunity to sign up. This will be followed by randomized breakout rooms to have the opportunity for brief one-on-one networking opportunities. You will have 5 minutes to meet various other students and professionals in the diverse field of archaeology with guiding questions provided. 

Hosted by CAA Student Committee


Student Meet n’ Greet - Friday, April 29, 6pm onwards, Mezzanine level of Craft Beer Market - Free

This will be an in person student networking event where students can meet and buddy up for a better conference experience. Discuss the trials and tribulations of attending and presenting at conferences, and what your student journey has been like! 

Hosted by CAA Student Committee

Sponsored by Ember Archaeolog

Flintknapping Workshop – Saturday, April 30, 2 pm to 5 pm at MacEwan University (Room 7-333) - $15 pp (includes materials) *max 30 participants

Participants will learn about the basics of flintknapping techniques, and will have hands-on opportunities to make (and take home) stone tools, as well as learn about the various types of debitage that result from toolmaking. A variety of raw materials will be used, procured from local and non-local sources.

Hosted by Eugene Gryba and Dale Fisher (University of Alberta)

Edmonton River Valley – Saturday, April 30, 2 pm to 5 pm - Meet in Westin Hotel lobby, $5 pp (includes field guide)

This walking tour will explore key archaeological sites within Edmonton’s rich and diverse river valley. Guided by local archaeologists with extensive knowledge and experience in the area, participants will visit both prehistoric and historic sites along the North Saskatchewan River Valley, dating back to over 10,000 years before present. Key spots will include Jasper Avenue, the Legislature Grounds & Fort Edmonton V, the High Level Bridge, Pollard Brickyards, Walterdale Flats and the recently constructed Walterdale Bridge, and the Rossdale Flats & Edmonton House IV; recent impact assessments in these areas have revealed new knowledge on activities within the river valley, and the potential for intact cultural material beneath an extensively industrialized landscape.

For background information regarding some of the sites that will be visited, you can read the following article: https://open.alberta.ca/publications/advancing-archaeology-2019-deeply-buried-intact-sediments-yielding-cultural-deposits

Hosted by Caroline Hudecek-Cuffe (Historic Resources Management Branch, Alberta Culture and Status of Women) and Gareth Spicer (Turtle Island Cultural Resource Management)

Annual CAA Banquet and Awards: (70$) - Saturday, April 30, 6:30 pm –10:00 pm, at the Westin Edmonton

GPR Processing Workshop - Thursday, April 28, 11:00 am - 12:00 pm, Free

GSSI will host a Ground Penetrating Radar for Archaeology Webinar that will cover fundamentals of GPR survey design, data collection methods, and data processing in archaeological contexts. Data collected in the fall of 2021 at St. Mary’s Cemetery in Calgary, AB will be used as a test case.

Hosted by Lauren Couey and Adam Mercer (Geophysical Survey Systems, Inc.)