Amelia Fay

Amelia’s favourite subject growing up was social studies so her high school guidance councillor suggested anthropology as a potential major in university. Amelia pursued a Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology at the University of Manitoba and graduated with an Advanced degree in 2004. Amelia’s first archaeological fieldwork experience was through a field school with the University of Calgary in Antigua, West Indies. Following that Amelia received her first paid fieldwork gig working at the Healing Site in Manitoba (which you can read about on the MAS website!). Amelia then went on to further her education at Memorial University of Newfoundland and has since worked on sites in Nova Scotia, Labrador, and Nunavut. Amelia’s MA (2008) in archaeology was a community-based project which involved interviewing Elders from Nain, Labrador regarding their interests in archaeology and identifying sites and topics for future research. From this work Amelia developed a PhD research project that aligned with the community’s interests, and spent three summers excavating contact-period Inuit sites along the Labrador coast. Amelia’s dissertation focuses on Inuit-European contact along the Labrador coast from the late 16th through 19th centuries. Amelia accepted the position as Curator of the HBC Museum Collection at the Manitoba Museum in the fall of 2013. She has been working on developing a research program related to early fur trade sites in Manitoba and hopes to continue her community-based approach right here in her home province. Amelia joined the MAS Executive in 2015 and served a term and a half as 2nd Vice President before accepting the role as President (2019).