One of the main objectives for Archaeological Services is to continue to develop positive relationships with First Nations over cultural issues. In keeping with this objective, Archaeological Services has developed a Maliseet Advisory Committee on Archaeology (MACA), which was created when an archaeological site was encountered during the 1996 re-alignment of a highway at Jemseg and impacted Maliseet people in significant ways.
MACA is an officially recognized committee set up between Maliseet Chiefs and the Province of New Brunswick to exchange information and views on archaeology and other cultural heritage matters of mutual interest. Each Maliseet First Nation Government appoints a representative and an alternate to the Committee. The Provincial Government is represented by a member and an alternate from Archaeological Services, Heritage Branch, Department of Tourism, Heritage and Culture.