Indigenous Collections Symposium 2020: Mashkawatgong-mamawewiziwin – strengthening our bonds, sharing our practices

March 13, 2020


In light of the evolving situation regarding the global pandemic of COVID-19, we have made the decision to postpone the Indigenous Collections Symposium 2020: Mashkawatgong-mamawewiziwin – strengthening our bonds, sharing our practices, originally scheduled on March 25 & 26, 2020.  We are acting in line with directives and recommendations of public health and government authorities, and informed by discussions with our funders, partners, and stakeholders. The health and safety of our members, communities, and staff are of the utmost importance, and we wish to exercise caution and prevent the spread of the virus.
We believe that this important and vital work should take place at a time when all speakers and attendees are able to participate.  We will keep you informed as we make plans to reschedule this event.
All existing registrations, both in-person and webcast, will be honoured for the rescheduled Symposium.

If you require a refund of your registration fee, please email
We thank all of the funders, partners, speakers, and Working Group members who have contributed to the development of this event and we look forward to continuing this work as we plan for a rescheduled symposium in the coming months.


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COVID-19 and Ontario Museums

The OMA has collected information and resources regarding the novel coronavirus and its impacts for Ontario museums. These resources are not to be taken as legal advice or a definitive answer for any particular museum, but rather as a guide for preparedness for the field. We encourage members to consult relevant policies & legislation. 

Read more HERE.


Thank you to the members of the Indigenous Collections Symposium Working Group
  • Talena Atfield, Canadian Museum of History
  • Petal Furness, OMA Council
  • Michele Gervais, Canadian Museum of History
  • Heather George
  • Linda Grussani
  • Michelle Hamilton, Western University
  • Tanis Hill, Indigenous Knowledge Centre, Six Nations Polytechnic
  • Del Jacko, Library and Archives Canada
  • Clayton King, Beausoleil First Nation
  • SM Leduc, Canadian Museums Association
  • Sylvia Morin, Kitigan Zibi Anishinabeg Cultural Education Centre
  • Laura Peers, Trent University
  • Melissa Phillips, Museum Windsor
  • Naomi Recollet, Ojibwe Cultural Foundation
  • Krista Zawadski, Government of Nunavut