About our company

The idea of forming a company with extended local coverage in northern BC became the premise for creating ARCHER Cultural Resource Management Corp. in 2006. Having numerous regionally-based offices was thought to be a better way to serve our clients, foster our grassroots connections to the communities we live in, all the while enabling job stability for our staff as markets shifted. The resources of Big Pine Heritage Consulting and Research Ltd.  (BPH, est. 1998) and TRACES Archaeological Research and Consulting Ltd. (TRACES, est. 1995) were pooled, and our partnership commenced operations on January 1st, 2007.  As all of the shareholders in ARCHER Cultural Resource Management Corp. had worked  for TRACES at various times under its founder the late Arne K. Carlson, we agreed that his  effort to bring quality archaeological work  to northern  BC would be carried forward in ours.

Our clients, home communities and employees enjoy the benefits of the breadth of logistical capabilities, skills, and experience offered by our firm. We are able to deliver standardized archaeological services across our geographic areas of operation as a result. With a substantive and demonstrable record of excellence in productivity, quality and innovation, our services and products focus on accuracy and diligence.

All senior staff at ARCHER Cultural Resource Management Corp. belong to the British Columbia Association of Professional Archaeologists (BCAPA). It is therefore expected that they will complete assignments with a high level of professionalism, attention to detail, and have effective  project management skills.

Our Vision

ARCHER Cultural Resource Management Corp. will conduct and complete archaeological research and cultural resource management projects that bring worth and sustainability to both the general archaeological community and the communities we support. This will be accomplished:

Our Qualities

COMMUNITY
ARCHER CRM provides employment opportunities and support to local communities.

COMPLIANCE
ARCHER CRM Safety Policy and Environmental Management System meet or exceed all government regulations.

DIVERSITY
ARCHER CRM services and products provide an efficient, expedited solution.

CAPABILITY
ARCHER CRM can rapidly and economically mobilize to meet client objectives and timelines.

Safety

ARCHER Cultural Resource Management Corp. is committed to the safety and training of all its employees and contractors. ARCHER CRM was the first independent archaeological consulting firm in Western Canada to obtain its BC Health & Safety Certificate of Recognition (COR), solidifying our status as an industry leader and responsible employer. Additionally,  ARCHER CRM is SAFE Certified by the BC Forest Safety Council.

To ensure our clients’ ease of access to our safety management system, ARCHER CRM is registered with ISNetworld, Complyworks and PICS Auditing.

As a company, we are committed to the protection of the health and safety of our employees, contractors, clients and the public and to the prevention of injury and illness. We are committed to the protection of the environment and to the prevention of pollution. We are committed to providing our employees the time and resources they need to be healthy and safe, as well as environmentally responsible.

We strive to accomplish this by doing the following:

In addition to protecting lives, our Safety Management System contributes to employee morale and pride, as they participate in identifying safety needs and developing safe work procedures. By fulfilling our safety responsibilities, everyone who works for or with  ARCHER  CRM will share in the benefits of a safe work environment.

Quality Management System

It is ARCHER CRM`s policy to provide archaeological services that are consistent with its established quality management system, with a focus on regulatory requirements and client satisfaction. To this end, the policy takes into account:

The policy is achieved by a commitment to quality and service by all employees, and is based on the principles of the ISO 9001:2015 Quality Management System Standard.

Quality Policy Last Reviewed: December 2023.

Indigenous Participation

ARCHER Cultural Resource Management Corp. prefers to involve local First Nations participants in all of the Heritage Conservation Act  permitted field work that we do in their traditional territories. Please contact your local Band Office or Land Management Department to find out how to get involved. All participants must be at least 18 years of age. Participants should be physically able to hike long distances on foot through possibly challenging terrain. They may have to carry equipment. It  may also be necessary for them to be able to use excavation tools for extended periods of time. Participants must have proper safety equipment (PPE), water and food as needed for a day’s work in the bush. Participants may need to possess certain safety tickets or certificates depending on the nature and location of our assignment. ARCHER CRM reserves the right to refuse a participant if they fail to meet the above requirements. We take care to accommodate  Elders selected as community representatives.  Elders should be advised that archaeological assessments may require considerable walking in adverse conditions. Elders familiar with our study areas contribute greatly to the results of our work and are encouraged to inform our personnel of traditional use and environmental concerns. Younger participants should be prepared to participate in all aspects of the assessment and to help shovel test.