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Glen MacKay


Glen MacKay is the Territorial Archaeologist and Manager of the Northwest Territories Cultural Places Program (CPP) with the Government of the Northwest Territories. He is also the NWT representative on the Geographic Names Board of Canada. He manages the CPP’s work to protect, commemorate, and investigate archaeological sites in the NWT, as well as their work to promote and recognize Indigenous community and geographical place names. He holds a B.Sc. degree in biochemistry and a M.A. degree in anthropology from the University of Victoria. Glen has over 13 years of experience conducting collaborative archaeology and traditional knowledge research in the central Mackenzie Mountains, including as a co-investigator on the large, multidisciplinary NWT Ice Patch Project, which was funded through the International Polar Year between 2006 and 2009, and more recently on the Įı̨ ts’édéé Ɂǫtaı Caribou Fence Project. Through these experiences, he has gained a good understanding of the logistical and safety requirements for conducting research in remote alpine environments. Glen specializes in archaeological research projects conducted in close collaboration with northern Indigenous communities.

Selected Publications

Andrews T.D. and MacKay G. 2012. The Archaeology and Paleoecology of Alpine Ice Patches: A Global Perspective. Arctic 65(5): iii-vi.

Andrews T.D., MacKay G, and Andrew L. 2012. Archaeological Investigations of Alpine Ice Patches in the Selwyn Mountains, Northwest Territories. Arctic 65(5): 1-21.

Andrews T.D., MacKay G, Andrew L, Stephenson W, Barker A, and the Shuhtagot’ine elders of Tulita. 2012b. Alpine ice patches and Shuhtagot’ine Land Use in the Mackenzie and Selwyn Mountains, Northwest Territories, Canada. Arctic 65(5): 22-42.

MacKay G, and Andrews TD. 2016. The precontact history of Subarctic Northwest Canada. In: Friesen TM and Mason O, (eds.), Oxford Handbook of the Prehistoric Arctic. Oxford UP.


Glen MacKay

Territorial Archaeologist
Cultural Places Program
Government of the Northwest Territories

Prince of Wales Northern Heritage Centre
PO Box 1320,
Yellowknife, NT
X1A 2L9

Email: glen_mackay@gov.nt.ca
Tel: 1(867)767-9347 ext. 71251

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