Archaeology/ Heritage

Preserving and promoting our past
As one of the original inhabitants of Canada, our people have a great history that we wish to both preserve and promote.

The Nunatsiavut Government is responsible for the preservation and protection of archaeological resources on Labrador Inuit Lands (LIL). These responsibilities include: regulation of archaeological research activities on LIL; archaeological assessment of impacts related to land use and mineral exploration on LIL; and education about archaeological resources on LIL.

What Should I Do if I Find an Artifact?

Artifacts are important because they can provide us with so much information on the past. However, if an artifact is disturbed, or removed from its context, what we can learn from it will be very limited. Archaeological resources are fragile and non-renewable. If they are disturbed or destroyed they are lost forever. It is for reasons like this that there are laws protecting archaeological resources in this part of the world which make it illegal for anyone other than a qualified Permit Holder to disturb artifacts or archaeological sites. It is illegal to buy, sell, or trade archaeological materials which means that artifacts have no monetary value. They are valuable because of the information they can provide.

If you accidentally find an artifact, it is important that it be left undisturbed, and that activity in the area stop immediately, otherwise irreversible damage could be done. The best thing to do is to make a note of where you observe it, take photos if you can, and contact the Archaeology/ Heritage Division as soon as possible. If you believe the site where the artifact is observed is threatened for any reason, it is especially important to contact the Archaeology/ Heritage Division as quickly as possible. Please help protect the archaeological heritage of Nunatsiavut by being respectful of archaeological sites and artifacts, by not disturbing them, and by contacting the NAO if you encounter them.

Archaeologist
Michelle Davies
25 Ikajuktauvik Road
P.O Box 430
Nain, Nunatsiavut   A0P 1L0
Phone: (709) 922-2942 ext. 230
Fax: (709) 922-2863
Email: [email protected]

 

Archaeology Assistant
Kyle Crotty
25 Ikajuktauvik Road
P.O Box 430
Nain, Nunatsiavut   A0P 1L0
Phone: (709) 922-2942 ext. 265
Fax: (709) 922-2863
Email: [email protected]

 

Heritage Program Coordinator
Lena Onalik
25 Ikajuktauvik Road
P.O Box 430
Nain, Nunatsiavut   A0P 1L0
Phone: (709) 922-2942 ext. 240
Fax: (709) 922-2863
Email: [email protected]

 

Research and Assessment

Applications for archaeological research and historic resource impact assessment are available below:

Permit Application for Archaelogical Research

Historical Resources Impact Assessment on LIL