Explore Lifelong Learning

Here at the JMCPL, we want to foster an environment of life-long learning.  To help make this possible, we host some very interesting info nights.  The topics of these talks range from highly practical to highly topical.  Check out some of our upcoming events below – no registration is required and we hope to see you all there!


Tuesday, March 10, 7:00
Search for the First Ancestors:  Archaeology of the Last Ice Age in Saskatchewan
Presented by Dr. Thomas Richards

Dr. Thomas Richards, a highly experienced archaeologist who has excavated in Western Canada, Guatemala, Britain, Australia and Papua New Guinea, will talk about the earliest known First Nations sites in Saskatchewan. After searching the province for traces of ice-age First Nations sites for over 80 years, archaeologists have found and excavated fascinating evidence of bison kills and human campsites dating back 10,600 years ago. It has proven to be impossible to find intact sites earlier than this so far, even though parts of southern Saskatchewan were suitable for occupation at least 15,000 years ago, following the retreat of the continental ice-sheet and the establishment of human-sustaining ecosystems. The good news is that a new archaeology project is focusing our attention on the search for ice-age sites and there are already some promising initial results.

Dr. Thomas Richards is the Senior Archaeologist with the Heritage Conservation Branch, Saskatchewan Ministry of Parks, Culture and Sport and Senior Research Fellow (Adjunct) at the Monash Indigenous Studies Centre, Monash University, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia.


Everyone welcome!