Protection of Cultural and Historical Heritage in the Province of Alberta, Canada
Present article is devoted to description of cultural resources management process in the province of Alberta, Canada. Active industrial development involves potential hazards to historical resources, therefore questions of cultural-historical heritage study and preservation have to be addressed. The article focuses on the legislative basis of the cultural resources management process and the practice of its enforcement on the example of a project of historical resources impact assessment performed for the forestry company. All questions related to historical resources including archaeological objects in the province are managed by Historical Resources Management branch of Alberta Culture ministry under the Historical Resources Act. This Act regulates aspects of historical resources identification, designation, study, and preservation. More detailed regulations of historical resources study are stated in the Archaeological and Paleontological Research Permit Regulations document. It outlines the requirements for the specialists performing the historical resources assessments and identifies the procedures of reporting the results of theses studies. Any development that poses risks for historical resources must undergo Historical Resources Overview and if deemed necessary the Historical Resources impact Assessment. The latter involves either Pre-Impact infield assessment preceding the development or Post- Impact audit. The results of these studies both positive and negative are to be reported to Alberta Culture in order to obtain the clearance for the planned development.
Archaeological and Paleontological Research Permit Regulations / Alberta Regulations 254/2002. – Edmonton : Alberta Queen's Printer, 2002. – 11 p.
Historical Resources Act / Revised Statutes of Alberta 2000 Chapter H-9. – Edmonton : Alberta Queen's Printer, 2000. – 33 p.