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Tanja Hoffmann PhD, MA, BA Postdoctoral Fellow, U of S

Areas of Interest

  • First Nations benefit agreement negotiation
  • Economic development
  • Heritage research and management

About

Tanja Hoffmann is a social science researcher with over 25 years’ experience working with and for First Nations businesses, political leadership organizations, and negotiations teams. Her PhD in Resource and Environmental Management was written in collaboration with the leaders, Elders, and community members of the Katzie First Nation whose traditional territory encompasses municipalities within the Metro Vancouver area of British Columbia.

Tanya’s dissertation studied the cultural resilience exercised by the Katzie First Nation in response to the construction of a major infrastructure project through the heart of their traditional territory. Tanja has also worked extensively for Indigenous leadership and negotiations teams to provide research support for the negotiation of impact benefit agreements. She has also designed and directed several Indigenous community-led cultural impact assessments.

In addition to a PhD, she holds a Masters’ degree in First Nations studies, and a BA with a major in archaeology. Tanys also holds a professional archaeologist designation with the British Columbia Association of Professional Archaeologists, and has worked extensively as a cultural anthropologist.

In January 2019, Tanya accepted a post-doctoral research position with Indigenous Works and the University of Saskatchewan to provide project management, stakeholder communication, and research design and implementation for the “Benchmarking Indigenous / Non-Indigenous Employment, Business and Social Development Partnership Capacities in major Resource Projects”.

Designations

  • Ph.D. in Resource & Environmental Management, Simon Fraser University
  • M.A. in Anthropology and First Nations Studies, University of Northern British Columbia 
  • B.A. in Archaeology, Simon Fraser University

Select Publications

Papers

  • Hoffmann, Tanja. 2017. “We ask only that you come to us with an open heart and an open mind”: The transformative power of humility. In Archaeology of the Heart and Emotion, edited by Sonya Atalay, Jane Baxter, Natasha Lyons, and Kisha Supernant. Springer, in press.
  • Copp, Stan, Tanja Hoffmann, and Emily Wilkerson. 2017  Blueberry fields forever (not!): Wet-site archaeology at the Caruthers Site. In Pacific Northwest Coast Wet-site archaeology, edited by K. Bernick, Washington State University Press, in press.
  • Hoffmann, Tanja, Natasha Lyons, Debbie Miller, Amy Homan, Steph Huddlestan, Ale Diaz, and Roma Leon. 2016.  Engineered feature used to enhance gardening at 3800-year-old site on the Pacific Northwest Coast. Science Advances 2 (12). DOI 10.1126/sciadv.1601282.
  • Lyons, Natasha, Ian Cameron, Tanja Hoffmann and Debbie Miller. 2012. Many Shades of Grey: Dispelling some Myths about the Nature & Status of CRM [cultural resource management] in British Columbia. A Response to La Salle & Hutchings. The Midden 44(3/4): 6-8.

Technical Reports

  • Squires, K, R. Leon, T. Hoffmann, KFN. 2016. Katzie First Nation eco-cultural restoration plan. Pitt Meadows, British Columbia: Katzie Development Corporation. Available online: http://katzienaturalresources.ca/wp-content/uploads/2017/07/Katzie-First-Nation.-2017.-Eco-Cultural-Restoration-in-Katzie-Traditional-Territory.pdf
  • Hoffmann, T. 2010. Cultural impact assessment of the Interior Lower Mainland Hydroelectric Transmission Corridor. Submitted to BC Hydro. Copies available from Katzie Development Corporation, Pitt Meadows, BC.
  • Hoffmann, T., A. Baran, A. Homan, S. Huddlestan, E. Wilkerson, A. Diaz, and C. Nord. 2010.   Archaeological excavations at DhRp-52: Volume I. Pitt Meadows, British Columbia. Submitted to Archaeology Branch, Ministry of Forests, Lands, and Natural Resources. Copies available from Katzie Development Corporation, Pitt Meadows, BC.
  • Hoffmann, T., A. Homan, S. Huddlestan, E. Wilkerson, A. Diaz, N. Lyons, D. Miller. 2010. Archaeological excavations at DhRp-52: Volume II Appendices. Submitted to Archaeology Branch, Ministry of Forests, Lands, and Natural Resources. Copies available from Katzie Development Corporation, Pitt Meadows, BC.
  • Hoffmann, T. 2007. Cultural impact assessment of the Gateway Program. Submitted to British Columbia Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure. Copies available from Katzie Development Corporation, Pitt Meadows, BC.
  • Hoffmann, T. 2007. Cultural impact assessment and land use and occupancy study of the proposed Upper Pitt River run-of-river project. Submitted to Run-of-River Power, Inc. Copies available from Katzie Development Corporation, Pitt Meadows, BC.
  • Hoffmann, T. 2004.  Katzie Land Use, Occupancy, and Impact Assessment Study of the proposed Golden Ears Bridge. Submitted to TransLink (Greater Vancouver Transportation Authority). Copies available from Katzie Development Corporation, Pitt Meadows, BC.