53rd Annual Meeting of the Canadian Archaeological Association: 2021 Virtual Conference

Promoting Diversity in Canadian Archaeology

The CAA recognizes the extreme lack of diversity among archaeological practitioners in Canada. Increasing diversity within our ranks will be key to making our discipline and our organization anti-racist. To build a more diverse and inclusive professional community, we must identify and remove barriers—both structural and cultural—that discourage or prevent participation from under-represented groups.

The CAA considers this a priority national issue, one that requires concrete action, organization and leadership. As a first step, however small, toward increasing diversity in Canadian archaeology, the CAA is initiating two scholarships, one for Indigenous students and one for students from groups that are under-represented in Canadian archaeology. Award principles and criteria will be developed collaboratively with communities, in order to identify, and begin to dismantle, existing barriers.

We are confident that you, as Canadian archaeologists and friends of archaeology in Canada, recognize the urgent need for diversity in our discipline and for immediate action. Archaeology is enriched when it is practiced by people from varied backgrounds, representing a wide range of perspectives and knowledge bases. As your assistance will be crucial in making these scholarships a reality, please consider making a donation to the CAA scholarship fund to show your support for Diversity in Canadian Archaeology.

Learn more here: https://youtu.be/B-RcMpSspWk

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