Understanding traditional use

Tipi Mountain Eco-Cultural Services Ltd. is a new Aboriginal majority-owned business based in the Cranbrook-Kimberley area. We offer professional level consulting services within the greater Kootenay Region in the fields of archaeology and traditional use studies.

The majority owner, Robert Williams has a wealth of experience to draw from through his many years of involvement in archaeology, previous employment with the Ktunaxa Treaty Council, prior GIS knowledge and an extensive amount of Ktunaxa oral history and traditional knowledge.

Working with Robert will be Michael Keefer, owner of Keefer Ecological Services, and Ian Tamasi, a registered archaeologist. Michael is the President of his successful consulting company, and is the President and minority owner of Tipi Mountain Eco-Cultural Services. Ian has several years of archaeological experience in the Kootenays, and has permit status through the BC Archaeology Branch, Ministry of Natural Resource Operations.

Having permit status allows Tipi Mountain to be able to complete impact assessment projects legislated by the BC Heritage Conservation Act. Our highly dedicated team is a strong advocate for conducting assessments and research studies in a scientifically based and precise manner, and we work closely with governing ministries and First Nation Councils to adhere to their specific policies and procedures.

Tipi Mountain employs local and qualified personnel and field technicians who are familiar with the region, and we also have access to a network of experienced senior archaeologists to draw on for highly complex and large-scale projects.

Tipi Mountain Eco-Cultural Services is an independent company working closely with Keefer Ecological Services Ltd. and Tipi Mountain Native Plants. All three companies share a tightly organized administration system that allows for efficient and fiscally responsible operations while completing small to large-scale projects in a timely and effective manner. The overall team provides a network of highly talented environmental professionals as well as several junior professionals.

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