Feb. 21 Deadline for Community Services Recovery Fund

Jan 12, 2023
Need to Know
Heritage Organization Development Grant (HODG)
response from Ministry of Citizenship and Multiculturalism

On January 5, 2023, in response to inquiries surrounding the status of HODG applications, the Heritage Policy and Services Unit at the Ministry of Citizenship and Multiculturism shared that payments are currently in process for all eligible HODG applicants. Formal communications to all applicants will follow in the next few weeks.

Check status online at Transfer Payment Ontario HERE
Client Care and Technical Support:
Monday to Friday 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. except for government and statutory holidays at Toll-free: 1-855-216-3090
Funding Opportunities - Upcoming Deadlines

January 12, 2023: Canada Summer Jobs
  • providing wage subsidies to employers from not-for-profit organizations, the public sector, and private sector organizations with 50 or fewer full-time employees, to create quality summer work experiences for young people aged 15 to 30 years.
Young Canada Works
Delivery organizations: Canadian Museums Association, National Trust for Canada, Cultural Human Resources Council, Canadian Council of Archives, Fédération des milieux documentaires, and Conseil de la coopération de l'Ontario

February 1, 2023: Resilient Communities Fund - Ontario Trillium Foundation
  • Investing in projects of non-profit organizations that have been impacted by COVID-19 to support their medium to longer-term recovery efforts and help rebuild their capacity and resiliency.
Community Services Recovery Fund 
applications now open

Submit applications by February 21, 2023, at 5:00 PM PT

The Community Services Recovery Fund (CSRF) is a $400 million investment from the Government of Canada to support Community Service Organizations (CSOs) as they focus on how to adapt their organizations for COVID-19 pandemic recovery. The National Funders – The Canadian Red Cross, Community Foundations of Canada, and United Way Centraide Canada – are working together with their combined national reach and local expertise to deliver the CSRF from coast to coast to coast.

Applications must be submitted by February 21, 2023, at 5:00 PM PT.

Projects funded by the CSRF will work within one of the Project Focus Areas below:
  • Investing in People: one-time projects that focus on how organizations recruit, retain, engage and support their personnel, including staff, volunteers and boards of directors
  • Investing in Systems and Processes: one-time projects that invest in the systems and processes involved in creating the internal workings of an organization’s overall structure
  • Investing in Program and Service Innovation and Redesign: one-time projects primarily focused on program and service innovation and redesign using information gained during the COVID-19 pandemic
Funding Streams
1. Local Stream: local or regional CSOs serving a portion of a province/territory
  • Tier 1: project funding is from $10,000 to $100,000
  • Tier 2: higher funding amounts for larger-scale projects that meet specific criteria - project funding is from $100,001 to $200,000
2. National/Provincial/Territorial Stream: CSO's serving the entire country, an entire province/territory, or multiple provinces/territories
  • Tier 1: funding is from $20,000 to $200,000
  • Tier 2: higher funding amounts for larger-scale projects that meet specific criteria -project funding is $200,001 to $500,000.
Learn more by reading the CSRF Applicant Guide HERE.
CSRF will accept applications from Community Service Organizations, which means non-profit organizations, Indigenous Governing Bodies or Registered Charities located in Canada that provide services to communities within Canada.

Application Evaluation
All applications from eligible organizations will be reviewed, and all applicants will receive notification of the outcome of their application. Unfortunately, not all organizations or projects can be funded, and some may not be funded at the level requested.

Assessment Criteria:
  • The COVID-19 pandemic has influenced, affected, or shaped the operations of the CSO
  • The proposed project is viable, meaning it can be implemented in the available time and with the available funding and the organization has the capacity to provide oversight of the project
  • The proposed project will help the CSO adapt, modernize, or build resilience following the COVID-19 pandemic
  • The applicant uses an equity lens in its work

Learn more by reading the CSRF Applicant Guide HERE.

Download the Applicant Guide
How to Apply

Organizations may submit one application for funding under this program. If an organization applies on behalf of a collaborative, that counts as its one application.

Take the Where to Apply Questionnaire if you’d like support in determining where you need to apply.

All applications must be submitted by February 21, 2023, at 5:00 PM PT.

Learn more by reading the CSRF Applicant Guide HERE.
Take Questionnaire
On January 12, 2023 at 2:00pm ET, the Canadian Red Cross, Community Foundations of Canada, and United Way Centraide Canada will be hosting a webinar on how to apply to the Community Services Recovery Fund. Register HERE.
Provincial News
Tourism report shines light on need for a comprehensive provincial strategy
Tourism Industry Association of Ontario

On December 13, 2022, the Tourism Industry of Ontario (TIAO) and the Ontario Chamber of Commerce (OCC) released the inaugural State of the Ontario Tourism Industry Report, a blueprint for the growth and recovery of the sector. This report calls for a comprehensive strategy that addresses workforce development, regulatory burdens, infrastructure deficits and regional disparities.

Ontario’s tourism industry is a vital contributor to the economy, representing $36 billion of the province’s GDP. While domestic and inbound travel improved in the latter half of 2022, the industry is not expected to recover from the pandemic until 2025.

Read the report HERE.

Niagara Parks anticipates busier 2023,
looking to fill more than 350 positions

Niagara Falls Review

Niagara Parks is hosting five job fairs during the next five months in the hopes of hiring more than 350 people as the provincial agency anticipates a busier 2023. Niagara Parks has full- and part-time, seasonal and student positions available and will be hiring for a variety of roles in all departments. Niagara Parks job fairs:

  • Jan. 14: 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Table Rock Centre (grand hall, second floor)
  • Feb. 11: 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Niagara Parks Power Station (south forebay)
  • March 4: 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Niagara Parks Power Station (south forebay)
  • April 15: 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Table Rock Centre (grand hall, second floor)
  • May 6: 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Legends on the Niagara clubhouse

“We’ve been working with regional job builders — post-secondary institutions, school boards, other agencies — that help match potential employees with employers and then we have the in-park job fairs coming up,” said David Adames, chief executive officer for Niagara Parks. “We’re looking for cooks, kitchen help, culinary sales associates, heritage interpreters, retail and attraction associates, labourers — it’s quite a spectrum.”

Read more HERE.
Listen to David Adames speak about the opportunity on NewsTalk610 HERE

The Sharon Temple has received $108,700
in grants from OTF

East Gwillimbury Express

The Sharon Temple received two Ontario Trillium Foundation grants post-COVID as it looks toward the future. In 2021, the museum received $43,600 from the Community Building Fund to hire a Programming and Virtual Experience Coordinator. In 2022, the museum received $65,100 from the Resilient Communities Fund to hire a Development Strategist to design new strategies for philanthropy, stewardship, and planned giving programs.

Earlier this month, York-Simcoe MPP Caroline Mulroney and Ken Simpson, an Ontario Trillium Foundation (OTF) volunteer spoke with staff at the Sharon Temple NHS and hear how $108,700 in grants from OTF have made an impact over the last year.

“Investments through the Ontario Trillium Foundation are driving important considerations as to how to ensure the long-term viability of The Sharon Temple and of equal importance the story of The Children of Peace," Ian Proudfoot president of the Sharon Temple Board said. "Their story is one of a remarkable contribution to democracy in Canada and these grants are helping us define our strategy to build a dynamic infrastructure of stewardship and philanthropy. In the long term, we will be better able to serve our community and preserve this remarkable building as a symbol of hope, love, charity, and faith."

Read more HERE.

Lake of the Woods Museum receives Seniors Community Grant to provide free programming
MPP Greg Rickford - News

The Lake of the Woods Museum received $8,663 through the Seniors Community Grants to help seniors stay active and engaged in the City of Kenora - providing free arts and history programming for over 200 area seniors. The initiative creates opportunities to engage in lifelong learning activities, to create meaningful and engaging volunteer opportunities for seniors, and to socially interact through arts activities and memory-based/nostalgia/learning events.

“Today’s investments make a real difference in the lives of seniors in the Northwest,” said Greg Rickford, Member of Provincial Parliament for Kenora – Rainy River. “I’m pleased to announce our government’s support for Lake of the Woods Museum’s programming that keeps seniors connected close to home while staying active with friends, family and the community.”

Read more HERE.

Twitter (Jan. 6, 2023): If you are over the age of 55, you are invited to join us for another round of free cultural programming at The Muse - Lake of the Woods Museum & Douglas Family Art Centre @themusekenora
Instagram (Jan. 10, 2023): Last year, WAHC was able to upgrade hardscaping around Custom House, and install energy-efficient exterior lighting through an investment from the Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario...Yesterday, we were part of an announcement at @dvsa.ca of FedDev Ontario’s investment in over 30 projects in the region to enhance public spaces and build community. Our sincere thanks to @feddevontario for this show of solidarity and support, and congrats to our colleagues in the arts and culture sector who had projects supported as well! - @workersartsandheritage
FedDev Ontario supports over 30 projects in Hamilton, Halton, Haldimand-Norfolk and Brant to enhance public spaces and attract visitors
Government of Canada

On January 9, 2023, the Honourable Filomena Tassi, Minister responsible for the Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario (FedDev Ontario), announced a total investment of nearly $7.5 million for 31 projects across the Golden Horseshoe, including Hamilton, Halton, Haldimand-Norfolk and Brant. These investments, through the Canada Community Revitalization Fund (CCRF) and the Tourism Relief Fund (TRF), will create and revitalize community spaces and enhance tourism attractions to welcome more visitors and build stronger, more vibrant communities.

The announcement was hosted by the Dundas Valley School of Art, which received a non-repayable contribution of over $50,000 to upgrade its outdoor space with a butterfly and native species garden, seating and covering for shade.

The Workers Arts and Heritage Centre received a non-repayable contribution of $75,000 to renovate the heritage-listed "Custom House" to be more accessible and energy efficient.

The Art Gallery of Hamilton received a contribution of $750,000 to update the existing lobby, improve audible accessibility and install accessible elevators.

Read the News Release HERE.
Read the backgrounder HERE.

Pictured here are Alex Walker and Brianna McArdle who are helping develop a bilingual, online virtual exhibition of the museum's exhibition “London: A History.”
Museum London receives major grant from Canadian Heritage to support digitization project
Museum London

Museum London has been awarded a $215,000 grant from the federal department of Canadian Heritage that will help them digitize and share the stories of London widely, easily, and long into the future for generations to come.

Museum London will digitize objects in the collection, prioritizing artifacts of value to Londoners. Community consultation, including those who have been historically underserved and/or underrepresented, will inform further prioritization for digitization and enhance understanding through recording the related stories embedded in these objects.

Read more HERE.


City of Markham receives $100,000 from
Tourism Relief Fund to support future growth 

City of Markham

The City of Markham received $100,000 from Central Counties Tourism to enhance and grow four annual city events. Following two years of having to cancel all in-person events, this investment supported the City of Markham’s efforts to adapt and recover in order to attract new visitors and drive economic growth. 

The City offers numerous events throughout the year that provide residents and visitors of all ages with opportunities to celebrate our rich heritage, culture and diversity. The federal funding was used this year for several events, including Scaryfest at Markham Museum.

“We are incredibly thankful to the Government of Canada and Central Counties Tourism for providing the City of Markham with this generous funding to support the reintroduction and growth of events in Markham. Building strong, engaging and culturally diverse activities throughout the year positions Markham as a popular destination, encouraging those from across the GTA and beyond to visit year-round and experience all aspects of Markham while they’re here,” Frank Scarpitti, Markham Mayor.

Read more HERE.

Peel Art Gallery, Museum and Archives
receives a visit from Sonia Sidhu, MP
Twitter (Jan. 9, 2023): Today, I visited PAMA to learn about the positive impact of this federal support including nearly $90,000 announced at the end of 2022. Thank you to the wonderful @visitpama team for your warm welcome! Sonia Sidhu Member of Parliament for Brampton South @SoniaLiberal
Ontario Taking Next Steps to Bring Back Northeastern Passenger Rail
Government of Ontario

December 15, 2022 (North Bay) – The Ontario government is purchasing three new trainsets as part of its plan to bring back northeastern passenger rail service. The $139.5 million investment marks a significant milestone in reinstating service between Timmins and Toronto, and unlocking the full economic potential of northern industries, resources and minerals. Once reinstated, northeastern passenger rail service will be offered from four to seven days a week, based on seasonal travel demands.

Read more HERE.

Ontario Investing in Small, Rural and Northern Communities
Government of Ontario

December 6, 2022 (Toronto) - The Ontario government is investing $400 million in critical infrastructure for small, rural and northern communities. The funding is being delivered in 2023 through the Ontario Community Infrastructure Fund (OCIF) and will support economic growth and job creation in 425 communities across the province. OCIF provides funding to eligible communities every year to help them renew and rehabilitate critical infrastructure, including roads, bridges, water and wastewater projects.

Read more HERE.

Ontario highlights infrastructure funding in 2023, including $13.3 million to municipalities in Sarnia-Lambton
Blackburn News

The investment is part of a $400 million commitment provincewide in 2023, under the Ontario Community Investment Fund. The City of Sarnia is getting the majority of the money, with $6.3 million. The County of Lambton and St. Clair Township have each been awarded $2.3 million. Funding is also being allocated to Petrolia, Point Edward, Plympton-Wyoming, Enniskillen Township, and Oil Springs.

Money was allocated toward Sarnia’s $30 million sewer upgrade project. Other projects in Sarnia include the renovation of Jackson Pool, the reconstruction of Plank Road, and creating more accessible pathways into Tecumseh Park. Elsewhere across the county, improvements will be made at the Camlachie Community Centre, and Plympton-Wyoming Museum.

Read more HERE.


Revenue generated by Orillia's municipal accommodation tax used to bolster local tourism initiatives

The city’s municipal accommodation tax (MAT) generated significantly more revenue than expected through the first eight months of 2022, bringing in more than $476,000 against a projected $295,000.

In effect since September 2020, the MAT applies a four per cent tax to local accommodations of 30 days or less, with proceeds split between the city and Orillia & Lake Country Tourism for the exclusive purpose of bolstering the tourism industry. Funds generated through the tax go into marketing, promoting local initiatives, and capital projects to draw visitors to the city.

MAT funds also contributed to the redesign of Swanmore Hall at the Leacock Museum, as well as hosting the city’s tourism ambassador training program, a free course that gives students training in Orillia’s heritage, history and attractions methods for enriching the visitor experience, and more.

“Those kinds of projects, which will allow us to grow and enhance our our tourism assets locally, I think that’s (where) we’ll see great advantage to the MAT,” Michael Ladouceur, interim director of business development, said of the recent investment at Swanmore Hall.

Read more HERE.

ROM will host an exciting new exhibition that takes a fresh look at tyrannosaurs
Royal Ontario Museum

On March 11, 2023, this culturally omnipresent dino will come to life at ROM in T. rex: The Ultimate Predator presented by Desjardins Group. Visitors will feast on this spectacular new exhibition from the American Museum of Natural History that features more than 40 models and casts, many full-sized and towering over guests.

“World-class attractions like the ROM contribute so much to our province’s rich cultural sector and play an important role in Ontario’s tourism industry,” says Neil Lumsden, Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport. “T. rex: The Ultimate Predator exhibition is sure to be a huge hit among families over March Break and will continue to draw local and international visitors to Ontario throughout the spring and summer.”

Read more HERE.

More Provincial News

Canadian Canoe Museum gets ready for its long-delayed portage across town - The Globe and Mail

New Holocaust museum will feature immersive exhibits, including archival video and first-person accounts told - CBC News

Attend a roundtable session on January 19 at 1:30 p.m. if you participated in the Culture Days 2022 festival or hosted an event - Culture Days

National Air Force Museum of Canada (Trenton) Board of Directors and the NAFMC Foundation Board accept another donation for the ongoing Theatre Campaign - Quinte Broadcasting

Lakehead University graduate students are receiving more than $410,000 in grants from SSHRC - NetNewsLedger
Christine Green receives SSHRC grants to explore community museums in Northwestern Ontario. Green will investigate the status of these museums and the obstacles smaller museums face in working towards compliance of the United Nations’ Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.

Montreal Canadiens donate memorabilia to NHA/NHL Birthplace Museum in Renfrew - Penticton Herald
OMA Initiatives
Looking to update your organization's by-laws?
Join the OMA and CLEO for a 4-hour online workshop 
Upcoming Workshop:
Bring Your Own By-Laws with CLEO

Community Legal Education Ontario and
Ontario Museum Association

Friday February 3, 2023
9:00am - 2:00pm ET (1 hour lunch break)
Free, but registration is limited

In this half-day working session, participants will work through their by-laws and letters patent and a special workbook to identify what they might want or need to change in order to comply with Ontario’s Not-for-profit Corporations Act (ONCA). Participants are advised to review their governing documents ahead of time to be somewhat familiar with the layout and content. Participants must bring a digital or physical copy of their by-laws and (preferably) letters patent.
This session is for: senior leaders, board members, and anyone involved in the corporate governance of organizations already incorporated under Ontario’s Corporations Act or a special Act.

This session is not for:
  • organizations that are not themselves incorporated but part of a larger organization or government, 
  • organizations incorporated under Canada Not-for-Profit Corporations Act,
  • organizations incorporated under Co-operative Corporations Act,
  • organizations incorporated through the Ontario Historical Society, or
  • other statutes outside of Ontario
Speaker: Benjamin Miller, a staff lawyer on the Nonprofit Law Ontario project of Community Legal Education Ontario (CLEO) where he focuses on the legal needs of nonprofits and charities.

Read more and register HERE.

Get started thinking about ONCA! The OMA and CLEO hosted a webinar to discuss what is new in the ONCA, and steps nonprofits need to take to transition to the ONCA. Watch the webinar recording of HERE.
Register today!
Upcoming webinar:
Mapping Oral History with Atlascine
and Sensibility Mapping
Speakers from the Centre for Oral History and Digital Storytelling at Concordia University (COHDS)
Organized by Digital Action Research and Training, Toronto History Museums, and
the Ontario Museum Association

Wednesday January 18, 2023
12:00pm - 1:30pm ET
Registration Required

This webinar will present two innovative cartographic approaches designed to map collections of stories and interviews. The first one will be structured around Atlascine, a free, online and open-source software developed to map collections of stories. Through the full interaction between media and maps, Atlascine offers new ways of navigating within and between audiovisual stories. Here, the map is envisioned not only as a way to reveal places as described in stories, but also to expand the possibilities of accessing, listening, visualizing and connecting these stories. The second cartographic approach will be devoted to the exploration of the inner parts of these stories using "sensibility mapping.” Sensibility mapping is a creative way of investigating the intimate, emotional and personal dimensions of stories.

Through this webinar, participants can expect to familiarize themselves with the potential, limits and complementarity of both approaches to expand the access to (corpuses of) interviews.


  • Sébastien Caquard, co-director of COHDS and a professor in the department of Geography, Planning and Environment at Concordia University
  • Élise Olmedo, post-doctoral researcher at the department of Geography, Planning and Environment at Concordia University.
  • Emory Shaw, PhD student at Institut national de la recherche scientifique (INRS)

Read more and register HERE.

Register today!
This project has been made possible in part by the Government of Canada.

Upcoming CCI Webinar:
Photography on a Dime - Thrifty Tools and Free Software for Heritage Professionals

Canadian Conservation Institute, Ontario Museum Association and Galeries Ontario / Ontario Galleries

Webinar 1: February 9, 2023 (1:00 - 3:00 PM ET)
Webinar 2: February 16, 2023 (1:00 - 3:00 PM ET)

OMA and GOG members register at 'Members' rate

This Canadian Conservation Institute webinar series is co-presented by the Ontario Museum Association (OMA) and Galeries Ontario / Ontario Galleries (GOG). Interested participants are those who are currently or will be involved in photodocumentation projects within a heritage institution. Participants are expected to have a fundamental knowledge of camera settings and functions (such as ISO and aperture) and a basic understanding of lighting equipment as this information will not be reviewed in the webinar. Participants should also possess practical computer skills.

Register HERE.

Register today!
Upcoming OMA Dates

January 16, 2023: CMS: Exhibit Planning & Design 2022-2023

January 18, 2023: Mapping Oral History with Atlascine and Sensibility Mapping - Organized by Digital Action Research and Training, Toronto History Museums, and the Ontario Museum Association

February 3, 2023: Bring Your Own By-Laws with CLEO - Ontario Museum Association

February 9 & 16, 2023: CCI Webinar Photography on a Dime: Thrifty Tools and Free Software for Heritage Professionals - co-presented by Ontario Museum Association and Galeries Ontario / Ontario Galleries
OMA Members: 2022 Year in Review

Here are a few of Ontario museums' looks back at 2022, showcasing all that they've accomplished through a year of continued challenges
--here's to continued success in 2023!
The Marine Museum of the Great Lakes
"Witness the transformation of our site from its purchase in 2019 to its present day renovations. Still more to do, but an incredible amount of time and work already thanks to our dedicated volunteers."

Watch the video HERE.
Aga Khan Museum
"As we look ahead to a new year, we also reflect on some of the Museum's highlights from 2022. There are too many to include in one post, but we did our best! What were some of your favourite moments at the Museum in 2022?"

View more images HERE.
Diefenbunker: Canada's Cold War Museum
"As 2022 comes to an end, we look back on all that our team has accomplished together this year. We are eager to be celebrating the museum’s 25th anniversary next year!..."
McMichael Canadian Art Collection
"What a year! Thank you to the McMichael Canadian Art Collection community for an amazing 2022. Here’s to 2023!"

Watch the reel HERE.
Osgoode Township Museum
"Goodbye to 2022! Thank you to our wonderful community, partners and volunteers for making it a good one. Here's a look back from our year at OTM. Best wishes for a bright and sparkling new year!"

Watch the reel HERE.
Peel Art Gallery, Museum + Archives
"What a year at PAMA! In 2022, we opened our doors to visitors again and it’s been incredible! We thank you all for making the last year so memorable. We are looking forward to all the exciting things 2023 will bring!..."

Watch the reel HERE.
Textile Museum of Canada
As we say goodbye to 2022, we are taking a moment to extend our deep gratitude for your support. Thank you for joining us - whether you attended a workshop, visited us, participated in our Textile Reuse Program, purchased gifts in our Museum Shop, joined our volunteer team, became a supporter or made a donation. Thank you to all our community partners and to all the artists who shared their lives with us this year. We can’t wait to share what’s in store for 2023..."

Watch the reel HERE.
Thousand Islands Boat Museum
'That’s a wrap on 2022. It’s been a great year… the pictures say it all! The Crew is already planning another year of great boat adventures to connect you with the stories of the river. Stay tuned and come play'

View more images HERE.
Toronto Railway Museum
"Welcome to the TRM 2022 year in review! Keep reading to see what our amazing volunteers accomplished this year, plus get an early peek at some of our plans for 2023."

Read more HERE.
Out-of-Province News

Renewal of the Canadian museum policy update
Department of Canadian Heritage

The Heritage Policy and Legislation Directorate of Canadian Heritage updated Provincial and Territorial Museums Associations (PTMAs) on plans for the National Museum Policy development/renewal process. It will take place over 2023 – 3 phases: consultations Fall Winter 2022-23, analysis and Options Development Spring 2023 and seek Cabinet Approval Fall 2023 (with anticipated results/changes in Budget 2024).

The National Museum Policy renewal references the new ICOM Museum Definition and identifies as key to this renewal to:

  • Advance reconciliation with Indigenous Peoples, particularly regarding access to and repatriation of Indigenous cultural property and ancestral remains.
  • Further the digital transformation: Budget 2021 allocated $20 million to a new Digital Access to Heritage component of the Museums Assistance Program for three years.
  • Encourage equity, diversity and inclusion to engage all Canadians.
  • Seek opportunities for improved financial stability.

PTMAs requested additional consideration for climate change and resulting emergencies and workforce sustainability.

The Department of Canadian Heritage held a virtual information session on the renewal of Canada's Museum Policy. Download the presentation slides HERE.

Canadian Heritage completed first phase of the consultation process which included discussion sessions with federal and provincial government heritage stakeholders. A stakeholder survey was sent out to over 2,500 not-for-profit heritage institutions across the country. The stakeholder survey received over 792 responses. An analysis of the results will be done in the new year and will also be shared once it is completed.

Beginning in the new year, Canadian Heritage will engage the museum associations and individual heritage institutions in roundtable discussions and regional consultations.

A separate Indigenous consultation process will also take place in the new year and will collect input from Indigenous cultural organizations and communities across the country.

The next phase of the consultations process also involves a public opinion survey which will allow the Canadian public to provide their input on the renewal of the museum policy. Plans include preparing a museum policy website to provide the public with information and updates of the entire renewal process. The website will also allow for input from the heritage community and the public at large.
Calls to Action Accountability:
A 2022 Status Update on Reconciliation

Yellowhead Institute

At the end of  a year that saw a flurry of reconciliatory gestures: a papal apology, the second-ever National Day for Truth and Reconciliation, and legislative activity toward a new National Council for Reconciliation, we find that reconciliation in this country is still only just beginning.

This year’s Calls to Action Accountability Special Report is offered in a new format; a more collaborative, edited volume with esteemed Indigenous experts, practitioners, and artists. These area experts have offered important insights to inform our conclusion that in 2022 two new Calls to Action have been completed. These were undertaken by non-governmental cultural institutions and both resulted in the creation of yet more recommendations to address colonial policies in their fields.

While the completion of these Calls is welcome news,  in the broader landscape of reconciliation, we conclude that a tremendous amount more needs to be done —especially in areas like health, education, child welfare, justice, and Indigenous languages — if Canada hopes to take real responsibility for the genocidal legacy of the residential school system.

Read Yellowhead Institute's Calls to Action Accountability: A 2021 Status Update on Reconciliation report HERE.

In the Media
Woodstock Museum gets set to celebrate 75 years
How Toronto’s Spadina Museum is telling a new story
New exhibit upcoming at Wellington County Museum
New exhibit at Thunder Bay Museum presents art by Northwestern Ontario POWs
Former CFL player’s ‘Tool of Tools: Niagara’ art exhibition arrives at Niagara Falls History Museum
Movie buffs can take a Film History Tour offered by the Lakeshore Grounds Interpretive Centre
OMA's 50th Anniversary
2022 is the Ontario Museum Association’s 50th Anniversary! We are celebrating 50 years of advancing a strong museum sector for Ontario with staff and volunteers from the province’s 700 museums, galleries, and heritage sites. To commemorate this occasion, we are hosting a year-long series of online activities, culminating at the OMA Annual Conference 2022 in November.
We welcome everyone to join the celebration of our 50th anniversary
and to visit a museum near you!

Learn more about our 50th Anniversary HERE.

Alorah Abell, Algonquin College, Applied Museum Studies and Julian Kingston, Region of Waterloo Museums (formerly Oakville Museums); co-chair, Ontario Museum Digital Advisory Committee at OMA Annual Conference 2022 in Hamilton, ON
Make a donation to the OMA!

Whether you choose to give the price of a cup of coffee or donate $50 for 50 years, any and all donations are appreciated.

We thank you for your donation in support of the OMA's ongoing operations!
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If you are already an OMA member, thank you! Please renew your membership when you receive an email reminder. If you are not yet a member, please consider an individual, institutional, or commercial membership for yourself, your colleagues, or your institution. You can find information about member categories and benefits on our website.

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