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Event Phone: 1–306-664‑4124

Join us and the Archaeological Society of Alberta (Southeastern Centre)
from April 27 — 30, 2017 at
The Resort at Cypress Hills, Centre Block,
Cypress Hills Interprovincial Park!

Conference Schedule

Ten­ta­tive Pro­gram Sched­ule

Thursday, April 27

  • SAPA Meet­ing
  • Evening — Wine and Cheese Wel­come Recep­tion (fea­tur­ing tast­ings of Cypress Hills Win­ery prod­ucts)

Friday, April 28

  • Pre­sen­ta­tions / Archae­o­log­i­cal Soci­ety of Alber­ta Annu­al Meet­ing
  • Evening in Maple Creek with shut­tle ser­vice to/from Resort 
    • Sup­per on your own
    • Free pub­lic talk on “The Cypress Hills Mas­sacre” and tour of Jasper Cul­tur­al and His­tor­i­cal Cen­tre in down­town Maple Creek

Saturday, April 29

  • Pre­sen­ta­tions / Saskatchewan Archae­o­log­i­cal Soci­ety Annu­al Meet­ing
  • Evening Events
    • Cash Bar
    • Ban­quet
    • Awards pre­sen­ta­tions
    • Keynote address — Drs. Mar­garet Kennedy and Bri­an Reeves
    • Title: “Ancient Sac­ri­fi­cial Stones, Pyra­mi­dal Mounds and Lizards: Ear­ly Euro-Cana­di­an Encoun­ters with Indige­nous Sites in Alber­ta and Saskatchewan
      Abstract: 2017 is the year of Canada 150 (15,000 accord­ing to First Nations) which prompts us to look back into the past and all the his­to­ry that a sesqui­cen­ten­ni­al like this com­pris­es. It seems an appro­pri­ate time and place at the joint meet­ings of the SAS/ASA to reflect upon the begin­nings of plains archae­ol­o­gy in our provinces, and that has led us to think about the ear­ly encoun­ters made by Euro-Cana­di­ans with indige­nous sites that we now rec­og­nize as a sig­nif­i­cant part of the archae­o­log­i­cal land­scape in our two provinces. Indi­vid­u­als such as fur trader/surveyor Peter Fidler or the enig­mat­ic priest-imper­son­ator Jean L’Heureux who lived amongst First Nations and record­ed aspects of their life and reli­gion, or oth­er vis­i­tors on sci­en­tific expe­di­tions who had a real inter­est in indige­nous peo­ple and sites such as geol­o­gist George Mer­cer Daw­son and oth­ers, have left us invalu­able accounts of fea­tures such as petroglyph/ribstone boul­ders, cer­e­mo­ni­al cir­cles and med­i­cine wheels, amongst oth­ers. In many cas­es we rely on their obser­va­tions since restric­tion of First Nations peo­ple to reserves 100–150 years ago sev­ered their mem­o­ries of how some of the­se sites came to be, who cre­at­ed them, how and when they were used and why. Many of the­se sites have been destroyed, removed or irrev­o­ca­bly changed in years since. With­out the­se first-hand accounts and the lim­it­ed extant oral and ethno­graph­ic tra­di­tions to fill in the blanks of 150 years of colo­nial neglect of First Nation’s her­itage, our col­lec­tive knowl­edge would be seri­ous­ly dimin­ished.
    • Silent Auc­tion Results

Sunday, April 30

  • Paleo-envi­ron­men­tal His­to­ry of the Cypress Hills (9:00 am — 11:00 am)

    Dr. Dave Sauchyn, Prairie Adap­ta­tion Research Col­lab­o­ra­tive, Uni­ver­si­ty of Regi­na

    Dr. Mary Vet­ter, Luther Col­lege, Uni­ver­si­ty of Regi­na

    The conif­er­ous forest and per­ma­nent lakes of the Cypress Hills are rich sources of paleo-envi­ron­men­tal data that are lack­ing from the sur­round­ing region of mixed grass prairie. The island forest has a mois­ture sen­si­tiv­i­ty that is pre­served in the radi­al growth of the white spruce and lodge­pole pine. The mosaic of plant com­mu­ni­ties — two grass­land and three forest types, and wet­lands — and the com­plex topog­ra­phy present envi­ron­men­tal gra­di­ents that shift with sub­tle cli­mate changes. The­se envi­ron­men­tal changes are pre­served in lake sed­i­ments, specif­i­cal­ly in the types and rel­a­tive abun­dances of pol­len, min­er­als, diatoms, ostra­codes and phy­toliths. A mul­ti-proxy recon­struc­tion of the Holocene envi­ron­men­tal his­to­ry has been derived from the­se bio­log­i­cal and geo­log­i­cal archives. We will dis­cuss this paleo-envi­ron­men­tal record dur­ing a brief walk­ing tour between Bald But­te and Look­out Point, on the north­ern rim of the Cen­tre Block.



Pho­to: Dr. Dave Sauchyn

  • Chim­ney Coulee Tour (Ear­ly After­noon)

Dr. Kisha Super­nant, Depart­ment of Anthro­pol­o­gy, Uni­ver­si­ty of Alber­ta

Chim­ney Coulee is a Métis hiver­nant archae­o­log­i­cal site locat­ed near Eas­t­end, SK.

Student Awards

The Kei­th Lewis Memo­ri­al Stu­dent Pre­sen­ta­tion Award is avail­able for both an grad­u­ate stu­dent and under­grad­u­ate stu­dent pre­sen­ter.  A draw for two mon­e­tary stu­dent trav­el sup­ple­ments are pro­vid­ed by the Regi­na Archae­o­log­i­cal Soci­ety for stu­dents attend­ing the con­fer­ence. A $200 Poster Award is pro­vid­ed by the Asso­ci­a­tion of Con­sult­ing Archae­ol­o­gists for the favourite poster pre­sent­ed at the con­fer­ence.

Pre­sen­ta­tions should be 15 min­utes in length with an addi­tion­al 5 min­utes allot­ted for ques­tions.


The Resort at Cypress Hills is ful­ly booked! Oth­er accom­mo­da­tions are avail­able in Maple Creek (prices are approx­i­mate):

Cob­ble Creek Lodge: stan­dard queen or king — $124, 2 bed­room suite — $169
Com­mer­cial Hotel: 1 queen — $75–93; 2 queen — $110
Wil­low­bend Cab­ins: $99

Near Cypress Hills Inter­provin­cial Park:
Spring Val­ley Guest Ranch

Camp­ing is also avail­able — go to https://saskparks.goingtocamp.com/Home.aspx or 1–855–737‑7275.

Registration Fees

Reg­is­tra­tion is still avail­able online but it will no longer include lunch on the Fri­day and Sat­ur­day.  At the door reg­is­tra­tions will also be avail­able.

The Ban­quet is sold-out!

Phone-in reg­is­tra­tions will be accept­ed 9–4pm CST Mon­day to Thurs­day Jan­u­ary 31 — March 26 at 306- 664‑4124.

If you would like to down­load the reg­is­tra­tion form, a form-fil­l­able PDF is avail­able: 2017 Archae­ol­o­gy Con­fer­ence Reg­is­tra­tion Form

Would you like to sup­port the 2017 Con­fer­ence?  If this is some­thing your com­pa­ny might be inter­est­ed in, have a look at our Con­fer­ence Sup­port pack­age

Con­fer­ence Spon­sor (Saskatchewan): Canada North Envi­ron­men­tal Ser­vices

Ban­quet & Keynote Address Spon­sors: Atlatl Archae­ol­o­gy, Bison His­tor­i­cal Ser­vices Ltd.


Evening Event Spon­sors: Arrow Archae­ol­o­gy Ltd.


Refresh­ment Break Spon­sors: Atl­her­itage Ser­vices Cor­po­ra­tion, Cir­cle CRM Group, Gold­er Asso­ciates, Life­ways of Canada Lim­it­ed, Taiga Her­itage Con­sult­ing Ltd., West­ern Her­itage







  • April 27, 2017 — April 30, 2017
    6:00 pm — 12:00 pm



Venue Phone: 1–306-662 4477

Venue Web­site:

#5 Pine Avenue, 49.6623° N, 109.5015° W, Cypress Hills Inter­provin­cial Park, Saskatchewan, Canada, S0N 1N0