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Arctic archaeology scholar receives award

From left: Mark O’Neill, President and CEO of the Canadian Museum of History; Dr. David Morrison; and James Fleck, Interim Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Canadian Museum of History. © Canadian Museum of History

Recognized as one of the world’s foremost scholars in Arctic archaeology, Dr. David Morrison is the recipient of the Massey Medal for his outstanding achievement in the investigation and public interpretation of the history of Canada.

Dr. David Morrison worked at the Canadian Museum of History in Gatineau, Quebec, for more than 30 years. He was director of the Archaeology and History Division and co-lead curator of the First Peoples Hall. He not only led the Museum’s work on repatriation of archaeological remains to Indigenous communities, but also set standards in repatriation practices across North America. With more than 20 years of field experience in Canada’s Arctic, Dr. Morrison wrote numerous books and scholarly articles on the history and archaeology of northern Canada. Much of what is known about the history of Inuit and Inuvialuit culture across Canada’s Arctic is a direct result of his prolific fieldwork and ground-breaking publications.