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Aboriginal Youth Engagement Program

The Aboriginal Youth Engagement Program focuses on incorporating knowledge students have learned throughout their high school careers into applications commonly used in the discipline of archaeology. Because archaeology is an interdisciplinary field of study, it is a unique medium in which to apply the core pillars of the Alberta Curriculum, such as mathematics, science, language skills, and social sciences.

The program is based through a classroom day, during which staff work with students on a number archaeologically-themed in-class activities and scenarios, to prepare high school students for excavations as well as engaging them with the past and increasing their cultural awareness. These activities are designed to provide insight as to how an archaeologist interprets the past and will provide students with the basic skills needed to participate in a real archaeological excavation.

The second part of the program is based on interactions and experiences on the land during which time high school students have the opportunity to participate for two days at an archaeological dig at Blackfoot Crossing Historical Park.  Students will be paired with University of Calgary field school students and will be provided the opportunity to ask questions, explore personal interests, as well as potential careers paths within the discipline of archaeology. It is important to note that this program is flexible and activities seen in each section can be changed, added to, or adapted to the specific needs of a class.

If your school would like to participate in this program, or if you have any questions about the program, please contact Kelsey Pennanen the Aboriginal Youth Engagement Program Coordinator at (807) 938-5507 or send an email to to book your school.

2019 Dates

Classroom Dates: Monday- Friday April 22 - May 20, 2019

Field Dates: Monday-Thursday May 20 - June 17, 2019
                     (with an alternative day to be scheduled for in case of weather.)

Please see the 2019 AYE Brochure for more information!