Combatting Anti-Black Racism

May 26, 2022
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Ontario Museum Association Awards of Excellence 2021 Recipients. 
Learn more about the 2021 Awards Recipients HERE!
Deadline Extended: OMA Award of Excellence
OMA Awards of Excellence Nomination deadline has been extended! You now have until Monday May 30, 2022 to submit your nomination. Recognize outstanding contributions by nominating yourself or someone else!

Find out more and complete a nomination HERE.
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Combatting Anti-Black Racism
Calls to address anti-Black hate
BlackNorth Initiative

In recognition of the acts of violence motivated by anti-Black hate that occurred in Buffalo, OMA joins ONN and Imagine Canada in sharing the calls to action outlined by 21 Black-led community organizations and foundations from across the GTA, led by the Canadian BlackNorth Initiative. The calls to action "go beyond pledges and statements and instead demand strategies and solutions which must be co-developed with our communities and implemented by all institutions, organizations, and levels of government that address the root causes of anti-Black hate."

Read the news release HERE.

Calls to action for federal, provincial, territorial, and municipal governments to:
  1. Work with Black communities to ensure that concrete measures such as tackling hate speech and radicalization online to address anti-Black hate are incorporated in the National Action Plan on Combating Hate.
  2. Every provincial and territorial government to establish an Anti-Black Racism Directorate/Office/Secretariat if one does not already exist.
  3. The federal government ensures it works with Black communities to build on the gains of the United Nations Decade For People of African Descent as a permanent forum in accordance with the decision of the United Nations.
  4. Expanding the Supporting Black Communities Initiative program to support community organizations assisting victims of anti-Black hate.
  5. Continue to support the Mental Health of Black Canadians Fund with a focus on addressing racial trauma.
  6. That the Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada accelerate and work closely with Black Canadian communities in the development of the Black Canadians Justice Strategy.
  7. We urge the Federation of Canadian Municipalities to encourage its members to develop plans to combat anti-Black racism and hate in municipalities, similar to the work of Toronto's Confronting Anti-Black Racism Unit.
Read the Statement by BlackNorth Initiative
Download BlackNorth's Racial Equity Playbook
About BlackNorth Initiative

"We are committed to the removal of anti-Black systemic barriers negatively affecting the lives of Black Canadians."
Read more HERE.
Mental health resources suggested by Black Health Alliance:
OMA recognizes and supports the Provincial Arts Service Organization of Ontario (PASO) coalition colleagues and the following Provincial Arts & Culture Policy Priority for the Ontario Government: 
  • Ensure that anti-racism, and principles of fairness and justice, are embedded in all provincial programs and services
    • The next Government of Ontario can ensure the Ontario Human Rights Code is being upheld by evaluating the systemic barriers and exclusions that exist in, and may be perpetuated by, its investments and program. 

Read more HERE.

Related Resources
Our colleagues at ONN and Imagine Canada have also shared the BlackNorth Initiative calls to action and several of the resources below:

Inclusion 2025: A Practitioner's Guide to Inclusive Museums - OMA

OMA Annual Conference Sessions:
2021 - Talking Change, Taking Charge: Supporting a Diverse Workforce
2020 - Inclusion 2025: Where are we Now?
2020 - Are Museums in Crisis? A Panel Discussion
2019 - OMA at the Association of African American Museums Conference
2019 - Keynote Thanh Sinden, Museum Detox

How To Talk About Anti-Black Racism (Part 3) - Art Gallery of Ontario
Individual Learning Resources from Nyanda Consulting - ONN
Statement from the Ontario Nonprofit Network on Anti-Black Racism
Work in Progress: Unpacking White Supremacy in Nonprofit Organizations - Recording - ONN 

Anti-Racism Directorate - Province of Ontario
Ukrainian Museums and Responses to War Crimes
Website Launch
The Canadian Coalition for Cultural Heritage in Ukraine

In March 2022, eight of Canada’s leading heritage organizations came together to form the Canadian Coalition for Cultural Heritage in Ukraine. The Coalition brings together the leading Canadian heritage organizations to consolidate knowledge and expertise while raising funds to support the protection of cultural heritage in Ukraine.

Read more HERE.
Take action and donate HERE.

During phase 1, funds will be used for the following:

  1. Fire extinguishers
  2. Packaging materials
  3. Delivery costs

Culture Under Fire: Protecting Ukrainian Heritage - Panel Discussion and Q&A (Recording)

ICOM Canada

Watch the recorded discussion about the evolving crisis in Ukraine following the Russian invasion, the violations of human rights and continuous destruction of cultural heritage.  How is the international community joining efforts with Ukrainians to help protect sites, monuments and heritage collections? What can we all do in times of conflict to uphold our individual and collective rights?

Watch the recording HERE.

Special Issue: Museum Response to War Crimes
Curator, The Museum Journal

Abstract - A reading of the Official Response Statements from the Global Museum Community: In the following pages, Coleman provides a content analysis of the statements issued in response to the 2022 war crimes being committed in the name of the Russian people against the Ukrainian people and their cultural heritage.

Read more HERE.

A Dialogue with Ukrainian Museum Leaders (Recording)
National Museum of American Diplomacy

A discussion with Ukrainian museum leaders on their efforts to protect Ukraine’s museums and preserve their cultural heritage in the midst of the current conflict. Joined by the Ukrainian museum directors Olesia Ostrovska-Liuta, from the Mystetskyi Arsenal and Ihor Poshyvailo from the National Museum of Revolution of Dignity, who shared their experiences of preserving Ukraine's heritage during a full scale military invasion.

Watch the recording HERE.

Museums Today: What We Can Learn from our Colleagues in Ukraine (Recording)
George Washington University Museum and The Textile Museum

Linda Norris offers insights on what we can learn from our colleagues in Ukraine as they mobilize to protect people and institutions. Norris will also suggest ways that all of us can be useful to our Ukrainian colleagues as they undertake this work in the most difficult of circumstances.
Watch the recording HERE.
View the resource page "Actions You Can Take to Support Ukraine" HERE.
In the Media
Backus-Page House Museum Celebrates the 225th Birthday of Elgin County
City of Waterloo Museum working to give a voice to more of the city's early diverse settlers
Thunder Bay Museum hosting a traveling exhibit from the Montreal Holocaust Museum
New exhibit at Huron County Museum is from the Office of the Lieutenant Governor of Ontario
Sault Metis Centre is ready to open its doors to the public
Science North brings The Great Northern Ontario Roadshow across the north
May is Museum Month
May is Museum Month is an opportunity to celebrate the contributions of museums to their communities and to kick-off 2022’s summer tourism season! The OMA encourages Ontarians to visit the 700+ museums, galleries and heritage sites across the province.
Some Museum Events This May:

Special Offers
Membership promotion (free admission) - Bruce County Museum

Special Programs & Exhibits
1st: History from Here - Virtual Series - St. Catherines Museum
11-29th: What's the Scoop? - Pickering Museum Village
25th: Discovering Niagara's Freedom Trail (online) - The Aurora Historical Society
26th: Future Now: Virtual Sneakers to Cutting-Edge Kicks - BATA Shoe Museum
28th: Botanical Cyanotype and Stump Embroidery Workshop - Eden House Heritage Site and Garden
28th: Dundas 175: What Dunadas Means to Me - Dundas Museum
29th: Afternoon Paint in the Village - Scugog Shores Museum Village
29th: Made in Dundas: Family Festival - Dundas Museum

Seasonal Openings
24th: Summer Open Hours - Hillary House National Historic Site
28-29th: Doors Open - Toronto History Museums
Social Media Kit
The OMA has prepared a kit to help museums share all about the power of museums through their social media and communications. Download the kit for example social media posts, fast facts about Ontario's museums, and ideas for engaging content for May.
MMM Social Media Kit
 Media Coverage
External Resources
Ontario Election 2022:
Nonprofits and collective advocacy

Ontario Nonprofit Network's Election Podcast Mini-Series

This first episode of the election mini-series gives a sneak peek of fascinating stories of how nonprofits are getting innovative as they work together to get the attention of parties and candidates on critical community issues and solutions for Ontarians.

Episode 1: Coalition building through Queer Vote Ontario
Episode 2: Climate collectives harnessing the power of community
Episode 3: Engaging Black communities during elections and beyond

Read more HERE.
Online workshop with Judith Koke (Recording)
Hamilton-Area Museum Educators
This introductory session is aimed at the novice and will provide an overview of field and offer examples of how visitor studies inform museum decision making. Basic interview and observation techniques will be practiced in the workshop – and participants will be prepared to do some visitor studies over the summer.
Watch the Zoom recording HERE. (Passcode: Ba7rp7R#)
Download the session readings HERE.
Learn more about HME HERE.
A New CMA Podcast! Unvarnished: Canadian Museums at a Turning Point
Canadian Museum Association
The new podcast series, "Unvarnished," will take stock of the state of museums today seen through the lens of CMA's recent conference, “Dismantling Foundations to build a better future". Join Heather George, Indigenous curator working at the Woodland Cultural Center and CMA board member, Lou-Ann Neel, artist and arts advocate, and member of the CMA's Reconciliation Council, and Massimo Bergamini, chief executive of the CMA, for an unvarnished conversation on the past, present and future of Canadian museums.

Read more HERE.
OMA Job Board
Digital Content and Social Media Assistant
County of Lennox and Addington

May 27, 2022
$48,630.40 to $56,875.00/year

Read more HERE.
Arts Administrative Associate
Woodland Cultural Centre

May 31, 2022
$35,000 to $41,000/year

Read more HERE.
Executive Director
Lakeshore Arts

May 27, 2022
$69,000 to $78,000/year plus Extended Health Benefits

Read more HERE.
 Ontario Museum Jobs
To access all OMA Job Board Listings, CLICK HERE

The OMA features job listings from the online submissions received through our website. To submit a listing for an open position at your institution, CLICK HERE!
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As museums across Ontario face the challenges of reopening safely and renewing relationships with your communities, the OMA is here for you. The OMA successfully advocated for federal emergency support funding through the Museums Assistance Program, the early and streamlined release of Community Museum Operating Grant (CMOG) funds in 2020 and 2021, and for an additional $2 million to support digital activities during pandemic closures. Your support, participation, and membership make our work possible.

Representing the interests of over 700 museums, galleries, and heritage sites across the province, the OMA offers regular webinars and professional development opportunities and resources for pandemic recovery. An OMA membership connects you with our network of over 1000 members, provides you with the tools and resources that support your professional practice, and keeps you informed of breaking news about funding opportunities and policy changes via the ONmuseums weekly newsletter and timely eNews alerts.

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