The Institute of Prairie and Indigenous Archaeology (IPIA) is an Indigenous-led institute with a commitment to continuing to support Indigenous-engaged archaeological research, to developing pedagogical approaches to integrating Indigenous ways of knowing and being into archaeological teaching and training, and to changing cultural heritage policies in response to the needs of Indigenous communities in western Canada. The IPIA is the first of its kind in Canada and the first Institute focused on Indigenous archaeology in the world.


Statement on the 3rd anniversary of the Tk’emlúps te Secwépemc findings of unmarked graves

May 28, 2024

On May 27th, 2021, Tk’emlúps te Secwépemc announced their preliminary findings of 200
potential unmarked graves on the grounds of the Kamloops Indian Residential School. The IPIA has written a statement reflecting on this discovery, after three years have passed. You can find the statement here.


An Indigenous Archaeologist’s Journey to Find the Lost Children

April 25, 2024

In a new article written for Scientific American, IPIA Director Dr. Kisha Supernant discusses heart-centered archaeology in the search for Indigenous children who never came home from residential schools. You can read the article here.


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