Museum archaeologist wins award for distinguished service

July 19, 2006

Museum archaeologist wins award for distinguished service

Gatineau, Quebec, July 19, 2006 – Dr. Patricia Sutherland, Curator of Eastern Arctic Archaeology at the Canadian Museum of Civilization, received the Award of Distinguished Service from the Canadian Museums Association in May 2006. Dr. Sutherland directs the Helluland Archaeology Project at the Canadian Museum of Civilization, investigating the question of contact between the Norse and the aboriginal occupants of the eastern Canadian Arctic in the centuries around AD 1,000.

After receiving the award, Dr. Sutherland commented, “Museums stand for the creation and preservation of knowledge. It is a privilege to contribute to that knowledge and to make it accessible to a wide audience.” She added, “To be recognized by colleagues in the museum community is a special honour.”

In 1997, Dr. Sutherland was a recipient of the Canadian Museums Association Award for Outstanding Achievement in Research, and in 2005 she received the Lowell Thomas Award from the Explorer’s Club of New York for her accomplishments in field research and scientific exploration in the north. The Award of Distinguished Service is a new honour established by the Canadian Museums Association to recognize the significant contribution of museum professionals to the museum sector in Canada throughout the course of their careers.

President and CEO of the Canadian Museum of Civilization Corporation, Dr. Victor Rabinovitch congratulated Dr. Sutherland for this latest honour: “Pat’s work is a stellar achievement. It is the tip of the iceberg in terms of the expert research that is fundamental to the Museum’s work and so significant to our understanding of how the country developed. Her current research has the potential to rewrite an entire chapter of Canadian history.”

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