Actionable Online Accessibility

Feb 09, 2023
Need to Know
Janis Kahentóktha Monture appointed
Executive Director & CEO of
the Canadian Museums Association
The Ontario Museum Association is pleased to congratulate Janis Kahentóktha Monture in her new role as the Executive Director & CEO of the Canadian Museums Association.

Alongside her many years of experience within her community of Six Nations and at Woodland Cultural Centre, Janis is also a long time collaborator and partner of the Ontario Museum Association. She joined our OMA Council in October 2021 and most recently served on the OMA’s Governance Committee.

Ontario’s museum sector and the OMA have greatly benefitted from Janis’ skills and leadership, including how she helped bring the Indigenous Collections Symposium to her community in 2017 as a member of the Indigenous Collections Working Group, welcomed the Opening Reception of the OMA Annual Conference 2019 to Six Nations Polytechnic, and was a speaker on the online “Are Museums in Crisis?” Panel at the OMA Conference 2020 moderated by Gail Lord.
February 6, 2023 - The CMA and Woodland Cultural Centre (WCC) jointly announce that Janis Kahentóktha Monture has been appointed as the Executive Director & CEO of the Canadian Museums Association.

A member of the Mohawk Nation, Turtle Clan from Six Nations of the Grand River, Ms. Monture is the first Indigenous person to hold the role of Executive Director in the CMA's 76-year history. She is currently serving as Executive Director of the Woodland Cultural Centre 
and comes to the CMA as a highly skilled and experienced leader, having served 16 years at WCC over two separate terms among other impactful positions.

In addition to supporting ongoing efforts at the CMA to implement the recommendations of the recent Moved to Action report that answered TRC Call to Action #67, the new Executive Director & CEO will undertake the examination and expansion the CMA’s capacity to support a healthy museum sector, engaging those interested in and affected by CMA’s activities and developing its international relationships.

Ms. Monture will begin her appointment on February 27, 2023, the first day of the CMA’s 2023 National Conference.

Read full announcement from the CMA HERE.
The Ontario Museum Association wishes to thank Executive Director Marie Lalonde for her years of dedicated service to the Association. For over twenty-five years, Marie has led the organization through several changes in government policy and changes to museum practice.

She led the development of strategic planning, and the presentation of many annual conferences, and adapted the Association to the sudden and drastic change to on-line programming and support in 2020 due to Covid 19. Under her direction the OMA offered the Certificate in Museum Studies, and several workshops, webinars, symposia and colloquia on Accessibility, Inclusion, Indigenous Collections, Education and Traveling Exhibits. She also created the annual May is Museum Month bilingual campaign and the special programming and virtual exhibit celebrating 400 years of francophone presence in Ontario.

As ICOM Canada President, she was also a member of the international committee that developed the new museum definition.

Her last day with the organization was January 20th, 2023. We thank Marie for her dedicated service and wish her well in all her future endeavours. 
Professional Development Program Manager Position

Thank you to all who applied for the PD Program Manager position; a decision has been made to postpone hiring for this position until a later date. 
Kathy Fisher, Chair, Professional Development Advisory Committee; OMA Council Member
Heritage Week
Heritage Week will occur from February 20-26, 2023

Each February, Ontarians are invited to participate in Heritage Week. This week provides an excellent opportunity to highlight the vibrancy of the heritage and culture sector in Ontario. Many community objects, collections and stories are preserved and interpreted in museums and heritage buildings. Museums build strong communities, making them vibrant and vital places to live, work, visit & invest!
Join the Ontario Museum Association in celebrating Heritage Week!
  • Raise awareness of heritage resources and heritage-related issues
  • Promote your museum—your collections and work—to a wide audience
  • Promote museums in your area as vital tourism assets

Get Involved!

  1. Invite your MPP to visit your museum! Tell them why you celebrate heritage and how it enriches your community. Use our letter template HERE. Find your MPP HEREBe sure to CC the OMA at (Christopher Shackleton) on your email.
  2. Engage through social media! Share graphics and messaging. Be sure to tag us @MuseumsOntario and use the hashtag #ONHeritageWeek and #MuseumsConnectON. Don’t forget to tag your local MPPs. Find your MPP on Twitter HERE.
  • Use one of the sample posts to talk about Heritage Week more generally. You can find information on sample posts and corresponding graphics in our toolkit. Add an image of your museum/historic site to one of three graphic templates.
  • Post about your Family Day (February 20, 2023) programming

Learn more in our Ontario's Heritage Week Toolkit HERE

Download the Toolkit
Sample Post - Ontario has more than 700 museums, galleries, and heritage sites – one in every community! February 20-26 is #ONHeritageWeek! Join us in celebrating Ontario’s museums and their community contributions. #MuseumsConnectON

Heritage Fairs

Glanmore National Historic Site is celebrating its 50th anniversary as a museum and 140th year since the construction of the heritage building with an Open House on Saturday, Feb. 25 from 1 to 4:30 p.m., to mark Heritage Week in Ontario. 

Read more HERE.
OMA Initiatives
Upcoming Webinar:
Actionable Online Accessibility

Small Bytes Webinar Series
Wednesday February 22, 2023
11:00AM - 12:30PM ET

There are simple steps we can take today to make our online communications more accessible for those of all abilities. Join us on Wednesday, February 22 at 11am ET when our speakers will take us through how to increase the accessibility of websites, online exhibits, online programs and social media to ensure that digital transformation also builds greater inclusion. 

  • Shelley Boden, Access Advisor
  • Francis Tomkins, Tangled Art + Disability
  • Sean Lee, Tangled Art + Disability
Register HERE

Get started thinking about disability inclusion! The OMA hosted a session at OMA Annual Conference 2022 to discuss practical advice on how cultural institutions can bring the voices of disabled people into their spaces in ways that respect and align with disability communities coming out of the pandemic. Watch the session recording HERE.

Watch the session recording HERE
Provincial News
Government of Canada invests $12 million in preserving Parks Canada historic sites
Government of Canada


Monday January 3rd, Mark Gerretsen, Parliamentary Secretary to the Leader of the Government in the House of Commons (Senate) and Member of Parliament for Kingston and the Islands, on behalf of the Honourable Steven Guilbeault, Minister of Environment and Climate Change and Minister responsible for Parks Canada, announced approximately $12 million over three years for projects related to critical infrastructure improvements at Fort Henry, Fort Wellington, Laurier House, and Sir John Johnson House national historic sites.

Through this federal investment – part of the $557 million in funding announced by the Government of Canada in late 2022 – Parks Canada will conserve the heritage value of these important cultural resources, ensuring high quality, meaningful visitor experiences and contributing to the country’s world-class tourism offer.

Read more HERE.

Councillors add Delhi museum curator to 2023 budget
Simcoe Reformer

Norfolk County councillors have voted to hire a curator for the Delhi Tobacco Museum and Heritage Centre. Councillors at a Wednesday budget meeting decided to add the position to the county’s 2023 operations budget. Their decision will still need to be ratified by council at a future meeting.

“We lost a bunch of volunteers because of COVID-19 and we need that curator to bring them back,” Coun. Chris Van Paassen (Ward 4) said. “We had a deputation tell us this morning that they need someone in the museum every day to help coordinate volunteers and programs.

“This is an investment in our future and a way of getting our volunteers back.”

Read more HERE.

Town of Lincoln advocates for CMOG funding increase at ROMA
Town of Lincoln

Mayor Sandra Easton, members of Council and Town staff participated in four delegations at the 2023 ROMA Annual Conference on January 23, 2023.

The Town of Lincoln requested that the Ministry consider increasing the funding envelope for the Community Museum Operating Grant (CMOG). The Town currently receives $25,000/year (the maximum amount) through this grant. The funding envelope for this grant has not been increased in over 15 years, limiting the ability of community museums to offset increasing operational expenses. The CMOG is a crucial funding program for community museums in Ontario that supports key museum functions essential to the stability and success of the sector. Funding from this grant is used to support the operations of community museums, including staff salaries, museum maintenance, or for building and preserving collections, exhibitions, and educational programs. The Lincoln Museum and Cultural Centre is a community hub that is critical to the health and vibrancy of our community, and an increase in this funding will allow our museum to continue serving our community.

Read more HERE.

Thunder Bay to study next phase of waterfront development
Northern Ontario Business

A study could help determine next steps in the development of Thunder Bay's waterfront at Pool 6, considering possibilities including housing and hotels along with a proposed science centre. The Thunder Bay Community Economic Development Commission (CEDC) is hiring a consultant to conduct a “best use” study of the city-owned Pool 6 lands for up to $100,000.

The study will look at existing uses of the property, which include a municipal administrative building and, notably, the Lakehead Transportation Museum, which has been leasing a parcel of the Pool 6 lands since 2017. The study won’t assume the two facilities remain in place in the long run, with its terms of reference explicitly stating the city building “can be relocated” but not directly addressing the museum’s status.

Read more HERE.

Minister Neil Lumsden and Donna Skelly, MPP for Flamborough—Glanbrook, invite visitors
to the Art Gallery of Hamilton
Twitter [Jan. 20] - The Art Gallery of #Hamilton is the oldest and largest art museum in Southwestern #Ontario, with a permanent collection of over 10,000 works that is recognized as one of the finest in #Canada. - The Honourable Neil Lumsden, Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport
Watch HERE
Backus-Page House Museum upgrades building, programs with $125,000 grant
The London Free Press

The Backus-Page House Museum has received a boost of almost $125,000 from the provincial government for additional workspaces and educational programs.

The museum in the Elgin County community of Tyrconnell and MPP Rob Flack announced the $124,200 grant from the Ontario Trillium Foundation. The renovations were completed in December.

“This funding will go a long way in building on the foundation of the rich heritage of this area while teaching and communicating to current and future generations,” Flack, who represents the riding of Elgin-Middlesex-London, said in a statement.

Read more HERE.


$100,000 OTF Grant Helps Guelph Black Heritage Society Rebuild and Recover from Impacts of Covid-19
Guelph Black Heritage Society

On Wednesday [February 1], local MPP Mike Schreiner attended the Guelph Black Heritage Society Black Heritage Month Flag Raising and Open House event. At this event, the GBHS celebrated the $100,000 Resilient Communities Fund grant they received from the Ontario Trillium Foundation (OTF). 

"As the Member of Provincial Parliament for Guelph, I want to congratulate the Black Heritage Society of Guelph upon receiving the Resilient Communities Fund Grant," said Mike Schreiner, MPP for Guelph. "I have had the privilege of working alongside the Black Heritage Society on many occasions and am always impressed with the extent to which they go above and beyond to support Guelph's Black community and keep Guelph's rich Black heritage alive. This grant will allow them to continue serving the people of Guelph through their many initiatives. Thank you for your great work!"

The funds are enabling the GBHS to rebuild and recover from the impacts of COVID-19 by supporting staffing costs, engaging experts, and purchasing equipment to execute our strategic plan and support community outreach.

Read more HERE.

Twitter [Feb. 1] - I’m inspired by the work of the @GuelphBHS. It was an honour to join people today launching Black Heritage Month by raising the African Nova Scotia flag and celebrating an OTF grant. #ChangeStartsNow #BlackHeritageMonth - Mike Schreiner, Ontario Greens Leader, MPP for Guelph
Black History Month Events
Museums across Ontario are recognizing February as Black History Month through numerous exhibits, programs, and special events. We look forward to sharing more events in the coming weeks!
Every Friday in February Tours at Black Mecca Museum
Feb. 7 – 10 In-person general tours at the Josiah Henson Museum of African-Canadian History
Feb. 1 – 28 Kuumba - Black Futures Month Celebration at Harbourfront Centre 
Feb. 1 – May 28 Dis/Mantle, art exhibit inspired by the efforts of Black abolitionists, at Spadina Museum, Toronto History Museums
Feb. 2 – Mar. 4 Black Families & Historic Settlements at Black Artist's Network & Dialogue (BAND) Gallery
Every Saturday & Sunday in February Rarely Seen: Art from the Amherstburg Freedom Museum Collection
Opens Feb. 4 Our Stories. Our History. Our Heritage - by the Guelph Black Heritage Society at the Wellington County Museum and Archives
Feb. 8 Black and Free: New Art | Moko Jumbies, THEMUSEUM
Until Feb. 28 Unearth Uncover with Cawthra Park Secondary School, Peel Art Gallery, Museum and Archives and Museums of Mississauga
Until Dec. 2025 Freedom, Opportunity and Family: Oakville’s Black History at Oakville Museum
Speaker Series
Feb. 11 Celebrate the 200th birthday of Mary Ann Shadd with the Chatham-Kent Historical Society and the Black Mecca Museum
Feb. 15 Black and Free: New Art | Project Pat, THEMUSEUM
Feb. 15 Presentation honoring and celebrating Black History in Chatham-Kent with the Chatham-Kent Historical Society and the Black Mecca Museum
Feb. 17 Kamilah Gure, “Navigating Spaces within Academia and My Community," Simcoe County Museum
Feb. 10 Doc Club: Africville, Niagara on the Lake Museum (virtual)
Feb. 11 Good Vibes: Musical Performance by LOKRE, Spadina Museum, Toronto History Museums
Feb. 16 Canvas ‘n Cocktails, Guelph Black Heritage Society
Feb. 18 Art Hive Black History Month Studio Workshop with the Canadian Caribbean Association of Halton, Oakville Public Library
Feb. 18 Black History Explorers with the Canadian Caribbean Association of Halton, Oakville Museum
Black History Month In the Media
Sheffield Park Black History and Cultural Museum historians are working to revive Black history of village in southwestern Ontario
Simcoe County marking Black History Month with lecture series
John Tory visits Ontario Black History Society's 35th Annual Black History Month Brunch
Buxton National Historic Site Museum to host Black History Month Jeopardy! night
In the Media
Timmins Museum exhibition features works of acclaimed Temiskaming artist
Fashion History Museum challenge encourages upcycling clothing
Georgian College alum and students curate retrospective exhibit
Inspiring art exhibit of prominent Canadian women at the Joseph Brant Museum in Burlington
PumpHouse Museum Expands Hours, Features ‘On The Move’ Exhibition
Whitby museum artifact is a rare piece of local history
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