Black History Month in Ontario Museums

Feb 02, 2023
This issue of ONmuseums is brought to you by: Simbioz
At the OMA
Reminder: Tomorrow Bring Your Own By-Laws with CLEO
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!
OMA Annual Conference 2022 Recordings
Members can watch Nov. 7 & 21 session recordings now!

Thank you for your participation in OMA Annual Conference 2022! We are excited to share with our members the recordings of Conference sessions from Nov. 7 and 21 (including livestreamed sessions from the plenary room on Nov. 7 and all sessions on Nov. 21).

Existing Members: Your Member Number is your username. Member Numbers can be found on your membership card .PDF or in your renewal confirmation email.
New Members: If you have become a new member, your Member Number and password was included in the confirmation email.

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Watch HERE!
Session Highlights:

Honouring Our Roots: The City of Hamilton’s Indigenous Landmarks and Monuments Review

Speakers: Shelly Hill, Manager of Indigenous Relations with City of Hamilton, John Summers, Manager of Heritage Resource Management with City of Hamilton, Angela DeMontigny, Indigenous Luxury Designer, Heather George, and Curator with Woodland Cultural Centre

In 2019, the City of Hamilton began the process of reviewing their pre-existing landmarks, spaces, monuments, and markers. The project’s Working Group and Circle of Experts come together in a panel to discuss their work and its impact and to consider how museums can reflect the histories, realities, and significance of Indigenous communities in their respective regions, as one of many steps in the process of decolonization.

Watch the recording HERE.

Mould in the Collection: Artifact Move and Planning

Speakers: Andrea Carswell, Museum Collection Specialist, Peel Art Gallery, Museum and Archive and Emily Ricketts, Head of Conservation and Collections Care, museumpros art services inc.

Since 2019, the Peel Art Gallery Museum + Archives (PAMA) has been conducting a storage renewal project after discovering mould in their collection of over 14,000 objects. Join Andrea Carswell (PAMA) and Emily Ricketts (museumspros art services inc.) as they walk through the decision-making process of this extensive conservation and collections management event.

Watch the recording HERE.
New and Renewing OMA Members
Audio Video Design
Aurora Historical Society and Hillary House National Historic Site
Backus-Page House Museum
Bruce Mines and District Historical Society
Canada's Penitentiary Museum (Correctional Services Museum)
Canadian Fire Fighters Museum (Port Hope)
Canadian Museum of History
Canadian Transportation Museum and Heritage Village
Central Manitoulin Historical Society
Champlain Trail Museum and Pioneer Village
Chatham-Kent Museum
Eldon House
Fashion History Museum
Glanmore National Historic Site
Jon Linton (TCI Management Consultants)
Judith & Norman Alix Art Gallery
Kawartha Settlers' Village
Kingston Association of Museums, Art Galleries & Historic Sites Inc.
Lakeshore Grounds Interpretive Centre
Lithuanian Museum - Archives of Canada
Little Claybelt Homesteaders Museum
Marathon District Museum
Marie Dressler Foundation operating as Canadian Women in Film Museum
Minden Hills Cultural Centre
Museum of Atikokan
Museums Bayham
North Lanark Historical Society
Peel Art Gallery, Museum & Archives
Peterborough Museum & Archives
Ridge House Museum
Royal Ontario Museum
Ruthven Park National Historic Site
Simcoe County Museum
Smiths Falls Heritage House Museum
South Grey Museum, Municipality of Grey Highlands
Stanhope Heritage Discovery Museum
The Canadian Clock Museum
The Craigleith Heritage Depot
The Elgin Military Museum
The Museum of The Royal Regiment of Canada
The Royal Canadian Regiment Museum
Thousand Islands Boat Museum
Timber Village Museum
Toronto's First Post Office
Watson's Mill Manotick Inc
Wilmot Heritage Fire Brigades
Woodstock Museum N.H.S.
Upcoming OMA Dates

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
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
Opens Feb. 1 Identity Quilt Making at Spadina Museum, Toronto History Museums
Opens Feb. 1 Mary Ann Shadd Cary: "Breaking the Editorial Ice" (printmaking) at Mackenzie House 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 at THEMUSEUM
Until Dec. 2025 Freedom, Opportunity and Family: Oakville’s Black History at Oakville Museum
Speaker Series
Feb. 4 Dis/Mantle: Meet the Artists at Spadina Museum, Toronto History Museums
Feb. 4 Featured Author: Desmond Cole at Amherstburg Freedom Museum
Feb. 4 Black History Month Presentation: Erasing Erasure at Bruce County Museum and Cultural Centre
Feb. 7 (online) London and the Blackface Atlantic: a talk by Dr. Cheryl Thompson with Museum London and Western University
Feb. 8 (online) George Webber presents "Free at last:" A look back at the lives of early black residents at Niagara on the Lake Museum
Feb. 9 It Started With A Dream: The History of the Amherstburg Freedom Museum
Feb. 3 Celebrating Black Voices: The Chevalier de St. Georges – Amherstburg Freedom Museum & Windsor Symphony Orchestra
Feb. 5 Waterloo Region Black History Month Launch 2023 by The Caribbean Canadian Association of Waterloo Region at Ken Seiling Waterloo Region Museum
Feb. 9 (in-person & online) "Songs of Sunya" Table Read - an immersive theatre experience with Guelph Black Heritage Society
Pickering Museum Village is working to tell the story of early Black settlers to the area. The 'Roots to Rebellion Exhibit' consultation is asking for your opinion on how it should be experienced - CityNews Watch HERE.
Canada Post unveiled a new Black History Month stamp honouring Chloe Cooley, who had a profound impact on the history of enslavement in Canada. Her act of resistance on the evening of March 14, 1793, ushered in legislation that would lead to the gradual abolition of enslavement in Upper Canada and provide a refuge for freedom-seekers from abroad. Read more HERE.

The Chloe Cooley stamp was designed by Lime Design and features the illustrative work of Rick Jacobsen. The stamp and collectibles are available at and postal outlets across Canada.
Royal Canadian Mint No. 2 Construction Battalion, the first and only all-Black battalion-sized unit in Canadian military history, is being remembered on the 2023 issue of the Royal Canadian Mint’s ongoing Commemorating Black History series.

Released in conjunction with the annual observance of Black History Month, the 2023 $20 Fine Silver Coin – Commemorating Black History honours the service and sacrifice of the proud members of No. 2 Construction Battalion. Available January 30. Read more HERE.

Canadian Heritage Every February, people across Canada participate in Black History Month events and festivities that honour the legacy of Black people in Canada and their communities. The 2023 theme for Black History Month is: “Ours to tell”. This theme represents both an opportunity to engage in open dialogue and a commitment to learning more about the stories Black communities in Canada have to tell about their histories, successes, sacrifices and triumphs. Read more HERE.

Black History Month digital toolkit

Canadian Heritage created a digital toolkit to help Canadians including partners and stakeholders promote Black History Month content and activities:

Internship Opportunities (employer)
Post your summer 2023 internship opportunities today!
The Master of Museum Studies Internship Program,
Faculty of Information, UofT (MMSt)

The MMSt Internship Program is designed to place students between their first and second year of enrollment in a recognized museum, gallery or related institution. Internships involve areas of museum practice, from collections to curatorial, programming to exhibit development, and fundraising and development.

Internship Expectations:

  • Industry expertise that is accessible to the student and that aligns with the scope of the Internship
  • Mentorship and consistency in presence and touchpoints, so that students have one person they can reach out to for support and guidance
  • Clarity of tasks and expectations
  • An inclusive workplace and space
  • Accessible by transit and/or offering a hybrid model to enable access

Timeline and Duration: 

  • The Summer 2023 Internship Program runs between May and August. Internships can start anytime between May and early July 2023.
  • The minimum number of hours required for Summer 2023 internship is 280 hours. This is based on a 35 hour work week. This averages out to 8 weeks.
  • The internship may be paid or unpaid. The Faculty of Information offers stipends of up to $2000 to students unable to secure internship positions that can offer an hourly rate or an honorarium that covers students' cost of living.

Post your opportunity directly on the Symplicity platform, to facilitate an efficient and engaging recruitment.

Read more HERE. For more information, email Sana Khan at or book a meeting with Sana HERE.

Georgian College Museum and Gallery Studies Program

Looking for a student to work with your organization on an internship? Georgian College students are available in the summer and offer a comprehensive foundation in museum and gallery work!

Note: Post Graduate students must have another degree prior to be accepted in the 1 year program. By the time students go on internship, they have completed the following courses:

  • Understanding Museums and Galleries
  • Curatorial Practices
  • Collection Management
  • Exhibition Design
  • Museum and Gallery Management
  • Technical Practices
  • Preventative Conservation Techniques
  • Educational Programming and Delivery
  • Advanced Museum and Gallery Management
  • Advanced Collection Management
  • Research Methods for Museums and Galleries
  • Advanced Exhibition Design
  • Museum Studies Portfolio
  • Museum Studies Internship

The Internship runs from May through August – with ideally 12 to 14 weeks of full time learning. This is a guideline only. All employers are encouraged to offer payment (Wage/Stipend/honorarium), however positions can also be unpaid.

Georgian College starts their posting process from January through April (up to the Internship start dates). However if employers have a specific student in mind they do not have to post but can make a direct employment offer.

For further enquiries contact Jodi Derrick at

Sector News

Glanmore National Historic Site celebrating its 50th Anniversary
Quinte News

The City of Belleville’s Glanmore National Historic Site, is celebrating its 50th anniversary as a museum and 140th year since construction of the heritage building. The museum will commemorate the anniversary with special events, exhibitions and performances for residents and visitors to our region to enjoy throughout 2023. Celebrations will kick off with an Ontario Heritage Week Open House on Saturday, Feb. 25 from 1 to 4:30 p.m.

“Glanmore National Historic Site has been a staple of our community since opening in 1973,” said Mayor Neil Ellis. “Not only is it a reflection of our city’s history, it is a place for gathering, education and celebration. We are so proud to have such a beautiful and unique landmark in our community, along with its unique collections, and look forward to what the next 50 years holds for the museum.”

Read more HERE.

Niagara-on-the-Lake Museum welcomes you for Free February
St. Catharines Standard

In a campaign called “Free February,” the museum is offering free admission to all Niagara residents for that month:

  • Two new student exhibits: “A History of Cycling,” which looks at the quirky and adventurous history of moving on two wheels, and “Through All Eyes” which looks at a timeline of Indigenous artistry and culture in Niagara.
  • Virtual Lectures Series will be offered weekly, starting Wednesday, Feb. 1 and continues until Wednesday, March 8
  • Biography program, “Famous and Infamous,” will be offered from now till November

Read more HERE.

Griffin House restoration set to be completed this spring
The Hamilton Spectator

The Griffin House, designated a National Historic Site in 2007, is undergoing a multi-year restoration project funded by the federal government. Restoration of the foundation of the early-1800s clapboard home began in the fall and is expected to be completed by April. The second phase is expected to be finished by the end of 2024, followed by work to the interior, community consultation and interpretation development before its anticipated reopening in spring 2026.

The Ancaster structure is historically significant because of its association with Black settlement in pre-Confederation Canada.

Read more HERE.

Canadian Canoe Museum anticipated opening
 in late summer or early fall

Kawartha Now

On January 26, the museum announced that the opening date of Peterborough’s new Canadian Canoe Museum will be delayed by a few months due to unanticipated construction challenges. The delays are due to the pandemic and its ongoing impacts on the construction industry, which are affecting supply chains and material availability and resulting in material shortages.

“We are working very closely with the project team to recover the schedule delays, as we would be overjoyed to open earlier,” says the museum’s executive director Carolyn Hyslop in a media release. “With so much excitement and interest in the new museum, locally and nationally, we want to be transparent with our community about the timeline as we know many are planning trips to visit us this summer.”

Read more HERE.

Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum Class of 2023 Inductees

Former Montreal Expos left-hander Denis Boucher (Montreal, Que.), ex-Oakland A’s right-hander Rich Harden (Victoria, B.C.) and rifle-armed ex-Blue Jays right fielder Jesse Barfield will be inducted in a ceremony at the Hall of Fame grounds in St. Marys, Ont., on June 17. Longtime Manitoba baseball coach and executive Joe Wiwchar will also be inducted.

“Each of this year’s inductees has had a significant impact on the game of baseball in Canada in their own distinct way,” said Jeremy Diamond, chair of the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame’s board of directors.

The four new inductees will be honoured alongside former Blue Jays first baseman John Olerud and legendary Montreal Expos broadcaster Jacques Doucet.

Read more HERE.

Canadian Arts Marketing, Development & Ticketing Conference
Arts Reach - discount for OMA Members!

May 30-31, 2023
20 Toronto Street Conference Center

ArtsReach's Canadian Arts Marketing, Development and Ticketing Conference convenes for a uniquely collaborative event. This conference will be especially significant, providing two full days for peers to connect in person and discover new ways forward. What you and your team will gain:

  • Uncover Hot Digital Marketing Trends for Greater Sales and Engagement
  • Upgrade Donors to Larger Gifts Through High-Touch Stewardship
  • Maximize Contributed and Earned Revenue by Understanding Your Patrons' Journey
  • Get First-Time Buyers to Return Again and Again
  • Tap Into the Millennial Mindset to Build Your Future Audience and Donor Base
  • Diversify Your Audiences with the Latest Strategies That are Working
  • Find Out What’s Hot and What’s Not in Content Marketing

Members of Ontario Museum Association are entitled to a $200 discount off the registration price and bring two colleagues for FREE (3-for-1). Super Early Bird Deadline - get lowest price & 2 for the price of 1 by February 15.

Read more and register HERE.

Upcoming Webinar: Youth-Inclusive Hiring Practices
CivicAction and WorkInCulture

Thursday, February 16th
1:00 - 2:00 pm ET

Join WorkInCulture and CivicAction for a free, interactive webinar that will help you better attract young, diverse talent, including a real-time assessment of your organization's entry-level job postings!

Attendees will leave the webinar equipped with:

  • Youth-inclusive strategies and tactics that can be applied across all HR stages
  • New and improved job postings that will better attract next-gen talent using the HireNext Job Posting Assessment
  • An expanded network of like-minded individuals facing similar HR challenges 

This is an interactive webinar where participants are encouraged to contribute and engage!

Register HERE.

Colleague Updates
Christina Tessier has been reappointed as Director and CEO of Ingenium for a five-year term beginning in June 2023. Ms. Tessier has worked in the cultural field for close to 20 years at various institutions, including the Portrait Gallery of Canada, Parks Canada and Ottawa’s Bytown Museum.

Read more HERE.
Daniel Dishaw has been announced as the Executive Director of the Ontario Historical Society. Daniel said, “My goal is to uphold the critical role of the OHS in preserving our provincial heritage and advocating on behalf of the public interest in Ontario."

Read more HERE.
Andrew Waldron has been announced as first-ever Executive Director of the Canadian Association of Heritage Professionals. He will lead CAHP through the execution of their 2022-2027 strategic plan and help facilitate growth and leadership in the heritage conservation sector. Andrew has been in the field of heritage conservation for over 25 years and a member of CAHP since 2017.

Read more HERE.
Julian Kingston announced as the Manager of Region of Waterloo Museums. He previously held the position of Supervisor at Oakville Museum.

"I’m happy to share that I’m starting a new position as Manager, Region of Waterloo Museums at Region of Waterloo!"

Read more HERE.
Alanna Rayner is welcomed to The Royal Canadian Regiment Museum as Collections Registrar. She is bringing a wealth of experience in managing collections and we are happy to have her on board.

Read more HERE.
In Memoriam
Cliff and Marie Chaplow have completed their 72-year life journey together, peacefully. Cliff was a founding member of the Elgin County Railway Museum. 

Read more HERE.
Joy Ormsby, long-time official Niagara on the Lake historian and 2008 Citizen of the Year, passed away at Upper Canada Lodge after a long battle with Alzheimer’s disease. She was 94 years old. 

Read more HERE.
Lisette Mallet, who served as president of the Toronto Historical Society from 2016 to 2022, passed away on January 13, 2023. She was a proud Acadian and francophone, and a Metis historian.

Read more HERE.
Hans Westenberg passed away Monday, January 23, 2023. Hans was a hard working volunteer at the Marine Museum of the Great Lakes and the Agnes Etherington Art Centre. 

Read more HERE.
In the Media
Oil Museum’s virtual talk will examine Alberta’s ‘Last Chance Well’
Winter ARTcrawl taking place in downtown Chatham on February 10
Visit Winter Warfare Tank Saturday at the Ontario Regiment RCAC Museum
Welland Museum exhibit charts the completion of Carnegie Library
What's On
Dundurn National Historic Site
Family Day at Dundurn
Whitchurch-Stouffville Museum & Community Centre
PA Day: Junior Inventors
Diefenbunker: Canada's Cold War Museum
2022 Artist-in-Residence Exhibition - Justin Case: The Enemy Within
1000 Islands History Museum
Gananoque Heritage Walking Tour
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