Guides and Templates

These publications include guidance, templates and forms prepared by, or for, the ministry responsible for archaeology.

Policy and bulletins give more information and direction on archaeology in B.C.

Archaeological Overview Assessment Guide

Archaeological Resource Management Guide

Culturally Modified Tree Guides

Impact Assessment Guide

Forestry Guides

Local Government Guides

Property Owner Guides

Shipwreck Guides

Site Inventory and Mapping Guides

Permits & Permit Guides & Templates

Heritage Inspection Permits & Heritage Investigation Permits

Site Alteration Permits

Oil & Gas Project Permits

Archaeology Permit Tracking System (APTS)

Permit Guides

Archaeology Agreements

The B.C. government has entered into agreements with First Nations and other provincial agencies. These agreements clarify responsibilities of each group and, in the case of First Nations, provide a more formal role in archaeological resource management.

  • Heritage Conservation Memorandum of Understanding with Treaty 8 First Nations (PDF)
    The Heritage Conservation MOU highlights the importance of heritage protection and conservation during development projects and resource extraction. It establishes processes to effectively share information between the Province and Treaty 8 First Nations and enables the participation of Treaty 8 First Nations in heritage conservation.
  • Memorandum of Agreement on Trails with the Ministry of Forests (PDF)
    The Ministry of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development may issue site alteration permits related to forestry activity in the vicinity of protected heritage trails. The MOU details the circumstances where this authority may be exercised.
  • Protocol Agreement with the BC Oil & Gas Commission (PDF)
    The Oil and Gas Commission is authorized to issue site alteration permits under the Oil and Gas Commission Act. The primary purpose of this agreement is to harmonize the processes of the Archaeology Branch and Oil and Gas Commission where impact assessment work is permitted by the Archaeology Branch but site alteration decisions for the same project are made by the Oil and Gas Commission.
  • Protocol Agreement with the Ministry of Forests (PDF, 21.8MB)
    This agreement synchronizes forestry planning processes with recommended archaeological resource management steps. The protocol was developed with the Forest Practices Code in mind but this has been largely superseded by the Forest and Range Practices Act.
  • Memorandum of Understanding with the Hul'qumi'num Treaty Group (PDF)
    The Hul'qumi'num Treaty Group MOU is the result of three years of relationship-building allowing us to develop areas of common interest such as public education, archaeological planning process, interactions with local governments and the Hul'qumi'num Treaty Group role in the archaeological resource management process.