Commemorating Truth and Reconciliation

Sep 01, 2022
Sector News
September 30, 2022 is National Day for
Truth and Reconciliation
National Residential School Crisis Line offers emotional support and crisis referral services for residential school Survivors and their families. Call the toll-free Crisis Line at 1-866-925-4419. This service is available 24/7.

Telephone and chat-based support and crisis intervention is available to all Indigenous Peoples in Canada, through the Hope and Wellness Help Line. This service is available in English and French, and, upon request, in Cree, Ojibway, and Inuktitut. Call the toll-free Help Line at 1-855-242-3310 or connect online HERE.

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September 30 marks the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation. Each year, the day honours the children who never returned home and Survivors of residential schools, as well as their families and communities. Public commemoration of the tragic and painful history and ongoing impacts of residential schools is a vital component of the reconciliation process.

To commemorate the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation, the Government of Canada is offering a number of free resources for public use:

Learn more about the imagery used in the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation visuals HERE.

On Tuesday August 30, 2022, Yasir Naqvi, Member of Parliament (Ottawa Centre), on behalf of the Minister of Canadian Heritage, Pablo Rodriguez, announced investments to support community projects across the country and two major national projects. This funding was awarded to help raise awareness of the history and impact of residential schools and promote healing and reconciliation. Several OMA members are recipients of this funding, including:
  • Blue Mountains Public Library, Truth and Reconciliation: Indigenous Perspectives and Community Conversations
  • Science North, National Day for Truth and Reconciliation at Science North
  • Woodland Cultural Centre, Mohawk Institute Residential School Survivors’ Gathering

Read the News Release HERE.
Learn more about the organizations that received funding HERE.

OMA Resources for Indigenous Culture and Reconciliation

Over the years, Indigenous museum professionals and organizations have generously shared their work with Ontario's museum sector. We encourage museums to learn from the teachings and examples of Indigenous Elders, colleagues, and organizations:

In March 2021, 250 Indigenous and non-Indigenous museum professionals gathered online for the second Indigenous Collections Symposium: Mashkawatgong-mamawewiziwin – strengthening our bonds, sharing our practices. Watch the session recordings HERE.

Find more resources for Indigenous Culture and Reconciliation HERE.

An Introduction to Residential Schools in Ontario (video)
The Indigenous History of Ontario (video)
OTF announces new investments to enhance existing Black Youth Action Plan initiatives
Deadline for pre-application is Sept. 7

The Government of Ontario is offering a one-time, two-year grants to Black-led and Black-focused organizations through the Economic Recovery and Resilience Fund. Funding will be invested in locally developed projects outside of the Greater Toronto Area that support Black children, youth and young adults at different stages in their lives and careers. Grant application deadline is September 28, 2022, 5pm ET.

Read more HERE.

Célébrons le 25 septembre
Assemblée de la francophonie de l’Ontario

Le 25 septembre est d’abord l’anniversaire du premier lever du drapeau franco-ontarien qui a eu lieu en 1975 à l’Université Laurentienne à Sudbury. C’est seulement en 2010 que le 25 septembre est devenu le Jour des Franco-Ontariens et des Franco-Ontariennes. Tous les ans, ce jour reconnaît la contribution de la communauté francophone de l’Ontario à la vie culturelle, historique, sociale, économique et politique de la province. La proclamation de cette journée est une action concrète de la province pour soutenir la communauté franco-ontarienne.

Vous organisez un événement pour célébrer cette journée? Rendez-vous sur le site.

September 25 is the anniversary of the first raising of the Franco-Ontarian flag, which took place in 1975 at Laurentian University in Sudbury. In 2010, September 25 became Franco-Ontarian Day. Every year, this day recognizes the contribution of the Francophone community of Ontario to the cultural, historical, social, economic and political life of the province. The proclamation of this day is a concrete action by the province to support the Franco-Ontarian community.

Are you organizing an event to celebrate this day? Learn more HERE.

#OMAConf2022: Program Now Available

Let’s get together! As we celebrate the OMA’s 50th Anniversary, the OMA and the Conference Program Committee are thrilled to share a 2022 OMA Annual Conference that is exciting and accessible! Discover the fascinating speakerssessions and exhibitors, and stay tuned for more updates!

See the full Program
Session Highlight: Monday November 7 In-person
You(th) are Here: Making Museums a Space to Be, Not Just a Place to See

SpeakersMeredyth Schofield, Youth Volunteer Lead at Gibson House Museum, Pailagi Pandya, Curator at City of Toronto, Shan Fernando, Youth Volunteer Leader at Spadina Museum, and Yiran Li, Youth Volunteer Lead at Mackenzie House

The Toronto History Museums Youth Volunteer Program focuses on making museums a space to be, and not just a place to see. Join our speakers to explore how youth engagement is an integral part of building a diverse and inclusive museum community.

Read more HERE.

Session Highlight: Monday November 21 Online
Co-designing Access in a Small Art Gallery for Blind Visitors

SpeakersCarla Ayukawa, Exhibition and Industrial Designer, Educator at Carleton University, Fiona Wright, Student and Public Programs Coordinator at Carleton University Art Gallery, and James Bluhm, Community Consultant at Carleton University Art Gallery

In this case study, our speakers discuss an audio description tour, developed with and for gallery visitors who are blind or who have vision impairments. In an exhibition that explored different kinds of perceptibility, this tour opened up spaces for multi-sensory engagements and shared social experiences.

Read more HERE.

#OMAConf2022: Register now and save!
Deadline to early-bird rates is coming up soon!

Early Bird rates are available until Monday September 12, 2022. Members, speakers and Committee members are reminded to register soon!

We look forward to gathering with you at OMA Annual Conference!

  • Monday, November 7, 2022 In-person (Hamilton) – select sessions will be live-streamed
  • Monday, November 21, 2022 Online – Full day of interactive online sessions
Register now and save!
Learn about fully Subsidized Registrations HERE.

Book Your Accommodation for the In-person Conference HERE.
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We are so glad to see each other again and we are committed to gathering safely. Learn about the Health & Wellbeing Policies and Practices HERE.

Learn about the Registration Terms, Conditions & Refund Policy HERE.

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Certificate in Museum Studies Bursary

Each year the Ontario Museum Association awards a bursary to cover the tuition fee for one course in the Certificate in Museum Studies program. The OMA invites applications for the fiscal year April 1, 2022 to March 31, 2023.

The deadline for applications and reference letters is Friday, September 2, 2022.

Read more about eligibility and how to apply on the OMA website HERE.

For further information, contact the OMA at 416-348-8672, toll-free in Ontario at 1-866-662-8672, or by e-mail at

An Opportunity to Recognize our 
Esteemed Colleagues

Deadline for submissions: October 17, 2022

Is there someone at your organization who has retired (or will retire) between October 2021 and November 2022?

In 2019 the OMA started a tradition of recognizing our colleagues who have retired in the past year at the annual OMA Awards reception. This year we look forward to continuing the tradition in person in Hamilton!

Share the following information with us so that we can honour the contributions that these individuals have made to our dynamic sector.
  • Name
  • Organization
  • Title
  • Retirement date
  • Photo
  • How long they worked in museums and/or at the organization from which they retired
  • Some other interesting fact or anecdote about what they achieved in their career
Send submissions to
Watch the retiree videos from 2020 and 2021 HERE.

Notes: Submissions are welcome to recognize retirees in any role at an organization.
Retirees do not need to be present at the in-person event to be recognized.
Colleague Updates
Remembering Jini Stolk

It is with sadness that we share that Jini Stolk passed away on August 25. Jini was a tireless advocate for the nonprofit, and arts and culture sectors. She played a leadership role at many organizations, including serving as one of ONN's founders and first board chair. Many nonprofits benefited from her time and passion, including the Toronto Arts Council and Centre for Social Innovation. Our thoughts are with her family and friends during this difficult time.

Read the ONN's full tribute HERE.
Read more about her Celebration of Life HERE.
Remembering Isabel Bader

It is with sadness that we share that Isabel Overton Bader passed away on August 28. Isabel was known for her generosity to Queen’s University. Together with her husband Alfred, they donated The Bader Collection, a castle in England, and a center for the performing arts for Queen’s and Kingston. They also endowed chairs and created numerous bursaries and awards at Queen’s to advance education and research.

Isabel was a proud supporter of the new home for The Bader Collection and the revitalization of the Agnes Etherington Art Centre.

Read Queen's University's full tribute HERE.
Gaëtane Verna
Wexner Center for the Arts

The Wexner Center for the Arts at The Ohio State University appoints art historian and arts administrator Gaëtane Verna to be its next executive director. Verna will be coming to the Wex in November from The Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery, where she has been director and artistic director since 2012.

"...Through bold inquiry and practice, the Wex embraces its multidisciplinary mission of innovation, education and meaningful engagement and enables us to examine the most pressing and urgent issues of our time.." Verna said.

Read more HERE.
In the Media
Railway Museum of Eastern Ontario hosts sellout Trainfest in Smiths Falls
New Welland Museum curator taking the lead on local history
The AGO is showcasing 150 years of Canadian queer art, from the 1800s to today
Lambton Heritage Museum to host smaller Paint Ontario show in September
Dundas Museum & Archives marks Dundas’ 175th anniversary with exhibition - until Sept. 10
Orillia Museum of Art and History and the City of Orillia announce its largest public art initiative to date
What's On
Joseph Brant Museum hosts Beyond Human Limits Exhibition until Sep 24
Hamilton Museum of Steam & Technology invites visitors to the Tesla Electric City Festival Sept 25
Mississippi Valley Textile Museum hosts In The Forest Exhibition until Sept 17
Tour Lang Pioneer Village by the soft glow of lantern light on Sept 17
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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 Hamilton in November.
We welcome everyone to join the celebration of our 50th anniversary
and to visit a museum near you!
We want to hear from you!

Share a congratulatory video message to mark this commemorative occasion.

  • What does the OMA mean to you?
  • Tell us about a fond memory you have of the OMA.
  • With the OMA’s support, my museum/I was able to…
  • What is your future wish for the OMA and/or Ontario museums?
  • I am proud to be an OMA member because…
  • Why are Ontario museums important?

We plan to share these messages throughout our anniversary year across digital platforms and feature a video compilation at the OMA Annual Conference 2022.

Read more and submit your message HERE.

Watch a video message from Dr. Sascha Priewe
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