Emancipation Day 2022 events

Aug 04, 2022
Need to Know
Ontario extends COVID-19 Worker Income Protection Benefit

Ontario is extending the COVID-19 Worker Income Protection Benefit until March 31, 2023.

On April 29, 2021, the Ontario Government amended the Employment Standards Act, 2000 (ESA) to require employers to provide employees with up to three days of paid infectious disease emergency leave because of certain reasons related to COVID‑19. This entitlement is in addition to employees’ rights to unpaid infectious disease emergency leave.

In a news release issued July 21, 2022, eligible workers will continue to receive paid infectious disease emergency leave because of certain reasons related to COVID‑19. Employers are generally required to pay employees the wages they would have earned had they not taken the leave, up to $200 a day for up to three days.

For further details read HERE.
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Sector News
Introducing the Josiah Henson Museum of African-Canadian History
Ontario Heritage Trust
Uncle Tom's Cabin Historic Site in Dresden, Ontario, changes its name to reclaim the legacy of Josiah Henson, renowned 19th-century abolitionist, Underground Railroad conductor and preacher.

From the Ontario Heritage Trust:

DRESDEN, ON, July 30, 2022 /CNW/ - Today, the Ontario Heritage Trust announced it has renamed Uncle Tom's Cabin Historic Site to the Josiah Henson Museum of African-Canadian History in honour of Josiah Henson. This change is a positive step forward as the museum moves away from the negative connotation associated with the term "Uncle Tom" and provides further recognition to an important figure in the abolition movement in the U.S. and Canada.

Josiah Henson is a celebrated figure known for his fight against American slavery. As a conductor of the Underground Railroad, he led 118 people escaping slavery to freedom in Canada, where he helped establish a community for refugees seeking a better life. His 1849 autobiography, The Life of Josiah Henson, Formerly a Slave, Now an Inhabitant of Canada, detailing his own life of enslavement and escape, was used by Harriet Beecher Stowe in the defense of her novel, Uncle Tom's Cabin. Beecher Stowe stated that Henson's life had provided her with "concepts and incidents" into the character of Tom. Her book became an international bestseller and helped to propel the American Civil War. Henson's anti-slavery work and his connection to Beecher Stowe's novel made him one of the most famous Canadians of his day.

Read the Media Release HERE.
Learn more about the Josiah Henson Museum of African-Canadian History HERE.
Watch, A walk down Freedom Road, with Steven Cook - Site Manager of the Josiah Henson Museum of African-Canadian History

Uncle Tom’s Road in Dresden was recently renamed Freedom Road in memory of Henson. Steven Cook shares his thoughts on the renaming of both the road and the museum dedicated to Josiah Henson.

Watch HERE.
Watch the TVO documentary, Josiah

Narrated by Danny Glover, Josiah tells the remarkable story Josiah Henson, who escaped to Canada in 1830 after 42 years of enslavement. Once free, Henson rescued 118 enslaved individuals and founded the Dawn freeman settlement in Dresden, Ontario. Viewer discretion advised.

Watch HERE.
Other Emancipation Day events:

Ontario Black History Society hosted Emancipation Day Celebration at Fort York National Historic Site on August 1, 2022. Learn more HERE.

Toronto History Museums launches new programming for the City’s Awakenings program, which includes featured artwork by local Black artists, live performances and a series of interactive art installations. Dis/Mantle, an art exhibit inspired by the efforts of Black abolitionists, reimagines Spadina Museum using an Afrofuturism narrative (on view from Aug. 5 to Dec. 31, 2022). Learn more HERE.

Guelph Black Heritage Society hosted Emancipation Day Celebration "Freeing Our Ancestors" at Heritage Hall on August 1, 2022. Celebrations included music, spoken word, dance, cultural foods, and the Pan-African flag raising ceremony and blessing. Learn more HERE.

Canadian Caribbean Association of Halton (CCAH) and Oakville Museum hosted the Emancipation Day Picnic on the grounds of Oakville Museum at Erchless Estate on August 1, 2022. Learn more HERE.

Grey Roots Museum and Archives hosted Owen Sound's 160th Emancipation Festival on July 29, 2022. Gospel Sunday at Grey Roots was hosted in Moreston Heritage Village on July 31, 2022.  Learn more HERE.

Amherstburg Freedom Museum marked Emancipation Day with their annual Emancipation Dinner & Dance celebration on July 29, 2022 and also shared past Black History Emancipation Presentations:
Michael Murray
Ontario Arts Council (OAC)

The OAC board announces the appointment of Michael Murray to the position of CEO starting August 29, 2022.

“I am so proud to return to OAC as CEO. The past two years have shown the incredible resilience of artists and arts organizations and it’s a great honour to serve this community,” said Michael Murray.

Read more HERE.
Ashley Larose
Science North

Ashley Larose is announced as Science North’s new CEO.

"Ashley’s got big ideas, big plans, and big heart. She brings a passion for education, leadership, and social impact to Science North. We sat down with Ashley to learn more about her plans for the organization as well as uncover some fun facts."

Read more HERE.
Emma Quin
Art Gallery of Burlington (AGB)

The AGB Board of Directors announced the appointment of Emma Quin as Executive Director Starting July 25, 2022. Quin will lead the gallery’s into its new phase. Passionate about education and the arts and craft sector, Quin brings 30 years of experience in cultural, charity organizations, and non-profits in Ontario.

Read more HERE.
Selin Kahramanoğlu
Group of Ontario Emerging Museum Professionals (GOEMP)

GOEMP announces Selin Kahramanoğlu as a Committee Co-Chair.

"I will help EMPs understand the various career opportunities available in fields parallel to museums by developing and sharing resources. As someone who is from a minority community, I understand what it feels like to be misunderstood and overlooked in the workplace. Because of this, I will be expanding my efforts and knowledge on DEIA issues, and drawing attention to how it affects EMPs. Truly, I open the door for any of my colleagues to join these conversations with me."

Read more HERE.
Brooke Downey
Group of Ontario Emerging Museum Professionals (GOEMP)

GOEMP announces Brooke Downey as a Committee Co-Chair.

"I have two major goals as Co-Chair. Firstly, I want to support Ontario-based EMPs as we recover from the pandemic. Secondly, I want to ensure the voices of EMPs are heard at decision-making tables. If I had any message for EMPs it would be this: don’t be discouraged if you can’t find meaningful, gainful employment at the moment – you are talented and worthy!"

Read more HERE.
Diane Imrie
Ontario Cultural Attractions Fund (OCAF)

Diane Imrie was elected as a Director of the board of the Ontario Cultural Attractions Fund.

Diane has served as the Executive Director of the Northwestern Ontario Sports Hall of Fame in Thunder Bay since 1986. She was a founding member of both the Northwestern Ontario Archivists Association and the Arts and Heritage Alliance. Her contributions to the cultural and heritage sectors has also included serving on the board of the Ontario Museum Association.

Read more HERE.
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An Opportunity to Recognize our 
Esteemed Colleagues

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 pd@museumsontario.ca
Deadline for submissions: Monday, October 17, 2022

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.

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Showcase your products to an engaged audience of current and future leaders in the field by partnering and exhibiting at the only conference dedicated to Ontario Museums.

As we gather in-person and online for the OMA Annual Conference 2022 and to celebrate the OMA's 50th anniversary, we are offering categories of partnership opportunities.

Partnership Opportunities are offered on a first-come, first-serve basis. Please complete the order form by August 8, 2022 and return to membership@museumsontario.ca.

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This year’s theme is Changing Directions: Practice over Permanence. This theme embodies the changing nature of museums and focuses on what museums are currently doing, rather than what they might do in the future.

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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.
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“Museums are trusted public institutions that foster social wellbeing through authentic experiences and connections in every community across the province—urban, rural, Northern, Indigenous, east and west. They provide access to the benefits of culture and heritage, which make our communities vibrant and vital places to live, work, visit and invest. The OMA will continue to empower museums to envision and achieve the museum of the future—one that is fully responsive to community needs and can help tackle society’s greatest challenges.”

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

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Ingersoll Cheese Museum engages members in their new exhibit "Art-ifacts 2 Art," on display until Sept. 8
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Dundurn National Historic Site invites visitors to historic garden tours - until Sept. 4
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