Minister Neil Lumsden at OMA Conference 2022

nov 10, 2022
Need to Know
Left to right: Marie Lalonde, Executive Director, Ontario Museum Association; The Honourable Neil Lumsden, Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport; and Carrie Brooks-Joiner, Director of Tourism and Culture, City of Hamilton at OMA Annual Conference 2022
The Honourable Neil Lumsden celebrates
50 years of the OMA at Annual Conference 2022

On Monday November 7, 2022, the Ontario Museum Association welcomed the Honourable Neil Lumsden, Ontario’s Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport (MPP Hamilton East—Stoney Creek) to OMA Annual Conference 2022 in Hamilton, ON.

In an address to Conference delegates, Minister Lumsden extended his congratulations to the OMA for 50 years of service to the Ontario museum community with a Certificate of Recognition.

Minister Lumsden shared in the provincial government’s recognition of the important role museums play in stimulating local economies, promoting cultural tourism and preserving culture; and noted the close to $5M in financial support provided to Community Museums each year.

View more Conference highlights HERE.
Resilient Communities Fund 
Applications due December 7th

Ontario Trillium Foundation

This fund supports the recovery efforts of organizations impacted by COVID-19 and helps them respond with immediate, medium, and longer-term recovery projects.

  • Applicants can apply for a minimum of $10,000, and up to $200,000, with a maximum of $100,000 per year.
  • Deadline to apply December 7, 2022 at 5 p.m. ET

The grant supports projects that help rebuild an organization’s capacity, enhance their resiliency, and meet the changing needs of their communities. Projects should be focused on: 

  • developing new approaches;
  • starting new activities;
  • adjusting strategies, or 
  • planning for future challenges 

Applicants who received a Resilient Communities Fund (RTF) grant from the April 6, 2022 deadline are not eligible to apply for this round.

The RCF application portal is now open!

Read more HERE.

Highlights from OMA Annual Conference 2022 (in-person)
Left to Right (clockwise): 1. Mayor Fred Eisenberger, City of Hamilton at Opening Ceremony 2. OMA Council celebrates the OMA's 50th Anniversary 3. Cathy Molloy, President, Ontario Museum Association; The Honourable Neil Lumsden, Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport; and Marie Lalonde, Executive Director, Ontario Museum Association at Opening Ceremony 4. OMA Certificate of Recognition 5. Cheryl Blackman, Vice-President, Ontario Museum Association at Closing Ceremony
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2022 is the Ontario Museum Association’s 50th Anniversary, and we are so thrilled to welcome members back to both an in-person and online conference this year! We look forward to gathering with you at OMA Annual Conference:
  • Monday, November 21, 2022 Online – Full day of interactive online sessions
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Session Highlight: November 21, 2022 online

Impact with Integrity:
Designing for Change without Breaking Yourself

SpeakerPailagi Pandya, Curator, City of Toronto

Do you ever think about your own vision, an idea or a feeling that something needs to change at your institution to be more relevant to the diverse communities you serve? The voice that is inside that you may have often ignored? In this session participants are encouraged to call-in their vision/idea for their institution and/or the museum sector in Ontario and engage with a series of activities and questions to call-in their creativity and agency to help realize the change.

Read more HERE.

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OMA Conference 2022 | GOEMP Trivia Night

Monday, November 21, 2022
Begins at 7:00 pm
Registration required

The Group of Ontario Emerging Museum Professionals (GOEMP) is pleased to partner with the Ontario Museum Association (OMA) for our annual Trivia Night at Conference!

This activity is for the up-and-comers and established professionals in the art, culture, and heritage sectors. We’ll cover topics such as local history, current events, exhibition oddities, and all the wonderful things happening right now in the museum world. Everyone is invited to flex their brain muscles and find out if they have what it takes to become the next trivia master.

Learn more and register HERE.

Partners & Exhibitors
* as of November 9
Learn about the Registration Terms, Conditions & Refund Policy HERE.

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OMA Initiatives
Practical Approaches to
Ethical Oral History Webinar

Toronto History Museums,
Surface Impression, Ontario Museum Association

Tuesday, November 15, 2022
2:00 to 3:30pm ET

What makes for an ethical oral history project/program and how can you use oral history in your museum? Pauline Tennent and Heather Bidzinski share their experiences using oral history in research, collections, and exhibition work while addressing some common challenges.  This workshop explores what oral history is, guidelines and resources available, and how to create a balanced approach to collection management, community engagement, and programmatic needs.  Whether you are starting from scratch or dealing with historical collections, this session aims to answer some of the questions surrounding oral history projects, programs, and collections. 

  • Dr. Pauline Tennent (she/her), Manager for the Centre for Human Rights Research (CHRR) at the University of Manitoba
  • Heather Bidzinski, Head of Archives and Special Collections at the University of Manitoba

Read more and register HERE.

Provincial News

Province announces $6,900 grant for Canadian Women in Film Museum in Cobourg

Northumberland The News.

Nearly $7,000 in grant money is coming to the Canadian Women in Film Museum thanks to the hard work of staff and volunteers.

The announcement was made through the office of member of the provincial parliament (MPP) David Piccini, who congratulated those who worked to receive the grant. 

“The Canadian Women in Film Museum is a historic landmark in our community, and this funding will enable the foundation to take important steps to modernize their exhibits,” said Piccini in a statement. “This support from Ontario will ensure that local residents can continue celebrating Canadian women in film, including Cobourg-born Marie Dressler, for years to come.”

Read more HERE.

Superior North MPP Lise Vaugeois congratulates the Lakehead Transportation Museum Society

Thunder Bay

A grant from the Ontario Trillium Foundation has been put to good use by the Lakehead Transportation Museum Society (LTMS), supporting its operations with the Alexander Henry. 

Thunder Bay-Superior North MPP Lise Vageois offered her congratulations to the LTMS and stressed the importance of maintaining the famous icebreaker. 

“It’s a wonderful place of to educate ourselves about our transportation and so they have programs for young people, they have programs for seniors,” she said. “And I can say I've been here, It is a fantastic place.” 

Read more HERE.

Callander Bay Heritage Museum & Alex Dufresne Gallery presented with a plaque celebrating 40 years

On October 11th, Municipality of Callander council presented Natasha Wiatr, Museum Curator for the Callander Bay Heritage Museum & Alex Dufresne Gallery, a plaque in recognition of the Museum’s 40th Anniversary. 

This summer, the Museum celebrated 40 years of sharing the cultural and natural heritage of the Municipality of Callander with our community and visitors from around the world. 
Thank you, Natasha, for all the hard work you do in sharing Callander’s history and local art with our community.

Read more HERE.

ROM repatriates treaty pipe to
Ojibway Cultural Foundation

On November 7, ROM hosted a ceremony attended by Ogimaa Chief Rachel Manitowabi of the Wiikwemkoong Unceded Territory and the Honourable Elizabeth Dowdeswell, Lieutenant Governor of Ontario.

This joyous occasion marked a multi-year journey during which ROM worked with the Government of Canada and Ogimaa Duke Peltier to take the sacred Treaty Pipe off the auction block in San Francisco and return it to its makers.

Read more from the Manitoulin Expositor HERE

Cambrian College grant for R&D to benefit Northern Ontario Railroad Museum and Heritage Centre in Capreol

CTV News Northern Ontario

The federal government announced it is giving $1 million over five years to Sudbury's Cambrian College R&D, the college's applied research and development program, to expand its capacity to work with non-profit organizations.

Sudbury MP Viviane Lapointe along with Nickel Belt MP Marc Serré announced the long-term donation, which is funded by Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) as part of College and Community Innovation (CCI) program.

“This investment … has tangible benefits for both students and non-profit and industry partners,” said Lapointe in a news release.

“This funding will help advance several aspects of their mandate, including the adoption of state-of-the-art technologies. This provides students with hands-on experience, while helping partners address challenges and help foster new opportunities.”

Read more HERE.


$96,900 Grant Provided Needed Funds To Support Orillia Museum of Art and History Programs

Muskoka 411

On October 27th, local MPP Jill Dunlop met with the team at the Orillia Museum of Art and History (OMAH) to hear more about the $96,900 Community Building Fund grant it received from the Government of Ontario and the Ontario Trillium Foundation (OTF). The grant, awarded last fall, was used to support staffing costs and upgrade technology for the development of the museum’s online collections management system and multiple-format programming. The support from the 12-month grant has given the community improved access to programs and events at OMAH for years to come.

“This grant is essential for non-profit organizations like OMAH to continue with its necessary programming to enhance visitor experiences,” said Jill Dunlop, MPP for Simcoe North. “I commend them for utilizing the funding to support staffing and improve technology that would positively impact their ability to continue to inspire creativity and celebrate our local history.”

Read more HERE.

Out-of-Province News

Stakeholder survey released on Oct. 27th - Renewal of the Canadian museum policy

Department of Canadian Heritage

The Department of Canadian Heritage is leading the renewal of the Canadian museum policy which informs the government’s response to the heritage sector through legislative, financial, and administrative measures. The Department will be undertaking extensive public consultations, which includes a short survey asking stakeholders to provide their views on current and emerging priorities of the museum and heritage sector. 

On October 27, the Department sent an email to all heritage institutions with the online survey attached.

Email the Department of Canadian Heritage to learn more.

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

In the Media
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National recognition for renaming of Josiah Henson Museum
Milverton Public School students learn about Indigenous and settler lifestyles at Stratford-Perth Museum
Sault Ste. Marie Museum exhibit shares stories of First Nations guides of 1900s
Upcoming OMA Dates
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.
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