There are 5 Members-at-Large that sit on the Saskatchewan Archaeological Society Board.
I have been an active member of the SAS for 23 years. Previous experience at the SAS includes 10 years on the Board of Directors ending in 2006. Other previous board terms within the heritage community include Heritage Saskatchewan, Saskatchewan History and Folklore Society, and the Saskatchewan Geographic Names Board. I currently serve on the Board of Provincial Archives of Saskatchewan, the Melfort & District Museum and the Saskatchewan War Memorial Committee.
I currently live on a rural acreage north of Melfort and am very familiar with northern Saskatchewan having previously lived in La Ronge for 35 years. I continue to fly my Cessna 180 on numerous heritage related research projects.
Aaniin, boozhoo, tânisi, hello. My name is Gabriel Essaunce Lamarche, aabitaa-Anishinaabe-nini indaw, nigig indoodem. Gete-izhichigewin-giikinomaagewinini indaw. I grew up around Georgian Bay, on Lake Huron, and have lived in Saskatchewan for about 10 years. I’ve recently begun work on my master’s degree in Archaeology at the University of Saskatchewan.
I had my first experience with archaeology when I was about 12, on Beausoleil Island, the one-time home of my Anishinaabek ancestors. Witnessing a respectful exchange of knowledge between a professional archaeologist and an elder from our community, I realized then that the traces of the ancestors are all around us, and can be most deeply understood by balanced cooperation between culturally-trained elders and scientifically trained archaeologists. Further, seeing the careful and respectful way which those archaeologists excavated, studied, and openly shared their understandings of the remnants of the historic cabin, and the underlying chipping station, sparked something in me that I had to continue to pursue.
I have since taught myself about what was happening at that chipping station, and am now a well-practiced flintknapper, always eager to share my passion and interest in the ancient crafting traditions.
It is important to me that archaeology is not simply an indulgence in curiosity, but a grounding process, one that roots us to landscapes, places, connects us to predecessors and common ancestors, deepening old relationships with our relatives near and far, and sharing an appreciation of our common humanity with those who are not yet kin but will also be counted among the ancestors of our descendants.
Swan River, MB