The archaeological community has long recognized that the unique riverine association of TRCA lands provides an unlimited potential for our lands to hold archaeological resources. Recognizing the heritage value of the archaeological resources on its lands, TRCA, working with the province, prepared an Archaeological Master Plan that documented archaeological sites and made recommendations for the proper management of these resources. As a result, in 1988, TRCA adopted The Archaeological Heritage Strategy as an integrated component of the Greenspace Plan for the Greater Toronto Region. The intent of this program is to present a balanced and integrated program of inventory, management and interpretation for archaeological heritage resources.
Registration is now open for the 37th Boyd Archaeological Field School from August 8th to 24th, 2014 at the Claremont Field Center in Pickering Ontario. Click the image to learn more!
The 36th Boyd Archaeological Field School was a great success, in part due to an excellent educational excavation experience at the Sebastien site, an early 14th century village. See our Education page for additional information about the Boyd Field School, and visit our Programs and Events page for announcements about upcoming public archaeology days at Sebastien!
TRCA's jurisdiction contains many overlapping Traditional territories and Treaty areas relating to Anishnaabe, Haudenosaunee, Huron-Wendat and Métis nations, thus TRCA lands contain hundreds of known ancestral archaeological sites as well as high potential for many hundreds more. TRCA's in-house licensed archaeologists regularly communicate two-way information with the modern descendant communities of the people who occupied these past site locations, particularly when there is the need to investigate a site during an Archaeological Assessment. For more information about the Engagement process, contact Eric Beales at 416.661.6600 ext.6417 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
TRCA has formulated Engagement Guidelines to obtain guidance on stewardship and management decisions within the archaeological assessment process and other TRCA land management processes. TRCA’s Engagement Guidelines (approved at Authority Board meeting #6/15 on June 26, 2015), outline and provide guidance on TRCA’s commitment to growing our relationships with Anishinaabe, Huron-Wendat, Haudenosaunee and Métis communities, whether that be relatively informal partnerships in various initiatives or formal engagement for TRCA projects subject to legislation requiring engagement. TRCA’s overall aim is to develop a positive relationship with communities whose interests may be impacted by TRCA projects, through a process of meaningful, mutually respectful engagement.
During the past 35 years, various partnerships have evolved between TRCA Archaeology and a variety of agencies and school boards for the purposes of site protection and public education, including:
- Ontario Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport
- Ontario Heritage Trust
- York Region District School Board
- Durham Catholic District School Board
- Royal Ontario Museum
- Ontario Association of Professional Archaeologists
- Ontario Archaeological Society
- York University