COVID-19: Safe Working for Cultural Heritage Fieldwork Policy
Further to the statement issued by the Australian Archaeological Association on the 29 April 2020 regarding support for Indigenous communities and our Indigenous colleagues during the COVD-19 pandemic, AACAI endorses the sentiments expressed in that statement.
It is AACAI’s policy that Indigenous stakeholders must be included in all aspects of cultural heritage, including fieldwork. We advocate that members should consult with Indigenous stakeholders on safe working methods that are appropriate for them, to allow this participation. Where Covid-19 restrictions prevent the participation of Indigenous stakeholders in fieldwork, such fieldwork should be postponed unless permission to conduct fieldwork without the presence of the Indigenous stakeholders is provided by that community. We remind members to abide by our Code of Ethics and the AACAI Policy on Consulting with Aboriginal Communities:
National Executive Committee. 21 May 2020