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The archaeological study of the human past places a strong duty upon its practitioners to ensure that the archaeological record is conserved. Accordingly, members of the Society will adhere to the following principles and ethics:

1. We respect and support all domestic legislation and international conventions that protect archaeology and heritage.

2. As archaeologists, we recognize that we have special obligations to any Indigenous or Descendant community whose cultural legacy is the subject of our investigation.

3. We affirm that Indigenous communities have an inherent right to practice stewardship over their own cultural properties (including but not limited to: archaeological, spiritual, and historical sites, artifacts, designs, ceremonies, technologies, visual and performing arts, oral traditions and written and oral literature) and that said stewardship includes the right to maintain, control, protect, develop and have access to those properties.

4. We acknowledge the profound relationship between Indigenous communities and their cultural properties regardless of legal ownership.

5. We will take all reasonable efforts to obtain the free, prior and informed consent of representatives of Indigenous communities or Descendant groups prior to taking any steps in the investigation or management of their cultural properties.

6. We will respect the customs and traditions of Indigenous communities regarding the treatment of ancestors..

7. We oppose the purchase, sale and trading of archaeological artifacts.

8. We believe that it is the responsibility of archaeologists to disseminate the results of research to the archaeological community, as well as to the general public, in an easily accessible manner, medium, and format.9. We condemn altering data, records and/or falsifying reports prepared by others or reporting information gathered by others without citation.

10. We promote the stewardship of all archaeological collections and believe that these should be maintained in an approved repository for long-term conservation.

11. Members are obligated to notify the Board of Directors of any material breach of these ethical guidelines, and we support initiatives that the Board may implement to obtain fair resolution to such breach, or to resort to remedies as provided for in our constitution.
Passed by ABM Vote, Novermber 18, 2017
PREAMBLE The Ontario Archaeological Society (OAS) respects and protects the privacy of all individuals who have any dealings with the Society. Individually identifiable information about you is not willfully disclosed to any third party without first receiving your express and specific permission, as explained in this Information Privacy Policy The OAS Information Privacy Policy is in effect for all of the OAS including its Chapters.

1. The OAS will collect unique information about you, such as your name, address, phone number, e-mail address, only when you specifically and knowingly provide such information. From time to time the OAS may conduct surveys of its membership for specific purposes. The purposes of the surveys and the use of the information provided by the participants will be communicated before any survey is done.

2. The OAS will use the unique identifiable information about you only for the purpose of facilitating communication between the OAS, the OAS Chapters and you. Specifically, the information will be used on mailing lists for the distribution of newsletters, society publications, society business, and specific OAS promotional materials and/or announcements.

3. Any information collected through surveys will be used in reports only on an aggregate basis. No personal identifiable information will be released in any reports without the express and specific permission of the individual concerned.

4. The OAS will not share or sell any unique or identifiable information with any person or organization without the express and specific permission of the person or persons involved.

5. Specific reports or analyses may be divulged publicly, but will contain only aggregate information that will not identify any individuals without their express and specific permission.

6. Any personal and identifiable information provided to the OAS by you through the use of the OAS website will be treated as described above.

7. Should you link to any other website from the OAS website, the information that you provide to the linked website will be governed by the Information Privacy Policy of those websites.

8. The OAS may decide to change this Information Privacy Policy from time to time. If and when we do, we will post those changes on the website and communicate the changes through the newsletter so that you are always aware of the information we collect, how we use it, and under what circumstances we disclose it.

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