Indigenous Reconciliation and Protocols for Archives and Visual Arts

Feb 24, 2022
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OMA Resources
CMS: Museums in Historic Buildings
(Facilities Management) Registration Update

This course will not be opening for first-come-first-served registration on Wednesday, March 2, 2022 as planned.

CMS participants who qualify for priority registration (those who have four or fewer courses left to complete their certificates) have been offered spots in the course starting with those closest to graduation. Due to the fact that there are more priority participants than there are spaces available in the course, the course is full and a waiting list has been created.

If we are able to safely increase the capacity of the course closer to the start date, we will continue to reach out to priority participants in the order described above and then continue with the waiting list of non-priority participants.

If you would like to add your name to the waiting list for the course or if you have any questions, please email
OMA Recommendations to
Ontario's Budget 2022

The OMA makes three recommendations to Ontario's 2022 Budget for targeted provincial support, so that museums can recover and strengthen their service to communities across Ontario.
  1. An Ontario Museum Relief Fund, valued at $10 Million, in immediate response to the impacts of COVID-19—to support museums’ survival during periods of closures
  2. A Digital Response Fund, valued at $10 Million over three years
  3. Increased support for community museums by $10 Million per year to reach 300 communities across the province—towards stabilizing operations and local recovery
Read the OMA's Budget Submission HERE.
Call to Action
Recommend Support for Museums in
Ontario's 2022 Budget

Engage your MPP
Member Check-in: Social Issues
10:00am ET on March 9, 2022

Join us for a member check-in! Back in 2020, the OMA started member check-ins as a way for the museum community to reconnect, share updates, and have an informal chat. Two years later, the social context of the world – and museums – has changed. As have the roles of museums. But what exactly are those roles? What are the responsibilities of museums in 2022? What is the role of museums in addressing urgent social issues such as homelessness/houselessness, racial justice, indigenous reconciliation, and climate change? How can museums contribute to progressive discourse in the public realm without being performative?

This session, facilitated by Workers Arts & Heritage Centre (WAHC) and Myseum of Toronto, invites participants to share the challenges and barriers to doing this work, as well as strategies for engaging communities around difficult conversations.

Do you have a topic you want to discuss? Share it with museum workers in Ontario by hosting a member check-in! Email your proposal to PD Program Manager Mary Collier at

Member Check-ins will be held on Zoom.

Register HERE


Nadine Villasin Feldman has been engaging diverse communities through cultural programming and meaningful participation in the arts for over 20 years. The former Artistic Director of Carlos Bulosan Theatre, and co-founder of the youth-led Kapisanan Philippine Centre for Arts & Culture, she developed multi-arts events and cultural festivals that have nurtured a vibrant community of Filipino-Canadian artists and built a platform for Filipino culture and art in Toronto. Nadine has worked with a variety of community-centred arts organizations (VIBE Arts, Kaeja d’Dance, Drum Artz, Reel Asian Film Festival) curating programs, animating public spaces and producing mid to large scale community performance projects.
Florencia Berinstein (she/her), is the Executive Director of the Workers Arts and Heritage Centre in Hamilton, a community museum dedicated bringing together and celebrating all working people through art, history and culture. Florencia has worked in the arts and culture sector in deep collaboration with a broad range of workers’ groups and community groups for over 20 years, to address issues of social justice. She is the recipient of a Chalmers Professional Development grant from the Ontario Arts Council, alumni of the Cultural Leadership Course from the Banff Centre, and holds an MA in Art in Public Space from RMIT University in Melbourne, Australia, and a BFA from Concordia University in Montreal, Canada.
Let's Plan the 2022 Annual Conference!

This year is the OMA’s 50th anniversary. We are planning a celebration– and you’re invited! This isn’t just a celebration of the OMA, this is a celebration of the entire museum sector and what we have all accomplished and survived.

We want to continue to serve the sector and want to ensure that all museum professionals in Ontario feel valued and heard. We are planning the 2022 Annual Conference, and hope to ground this event in our values. This includes meaningful collaboration.

Completing the survey should take 5 - 10 minutes. Thank you!
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#OMAConf2021 Recordings Now Available
Did you miss a session from the OMA's Annual Conference 2021? All session recordings from #OMAConf2021 are now available! If you missed the conference or want to revisit the sessions, you can login to the OMA website and find all of the recordings HERE
  • Talking Change, Taking Charge: Ontario Museum Operational Funding: Where are we going?
  • Perspectives on Reopening, Recovery, and Reimagination
  • Keynote - Micah Parzen, Museum of Us: Reimagining the Museum 
  • Learning from the Public: Museums for Me & Reimagine Our Museums
  • Talking Change, Taking Charge: Museum of the Future: Digital Transformation
  • Talking Change, Taking Charge: Supporting a Diverse Workforce
Watch the Recordings
Scott Beck, Beth Hanna, and Cheryl Blackman in the session
"Perspectives on Reopening, Recovery, Reimagination"
Members in the News 
Buxton National Historic Site and Museum reflects on its roots
Aga Khan Museum and TVO relaunch interview podcast featuring Muslim voices
Canadian Canoe Museum Board of Director appointed to Order of Canada
Oil Museum of Canada reopens after ‘significant’ renovations
External Resources
Recording of Virtual Panel Discussion with The Brampton Museum of African History and Culture
Peel Art Gallery, Museum + Archives
The "Virtual Panel Discussion with The Brampton Museum of African History and Culture" is a conversation between Peel Art Gallery, Museum + Archives and the group creating The Brampton Museum of African History and Culture about the making of a museum. In the panel, co-chairs Myrna Adams and Charles Matthews discuss the importance of building this museum to help people learn from the past, take action in the present and look to the future. The discussion centers on the journey thus far, the museum themes, the plans for further action and how the community can get involved. 
Watch the recording HERE.
Slide Deck from Minister MacLeod's Technical Briefing on February 16, 2022

On February 16, 2022, Minister Lisa MacLeod hosted a virtual multi-sectoral technical briefing to discuss the easing of public health measures impacting Ontario's heritage, sport, tourism and culture industries.

View the slides from the briefing HERE

Read a summary of measures for museums HERE
Read O. Reg. 364/20: Rules for Areas at Step 3 and at the Roadmap Exit Step HERE
For updated information as it becomes available, visit the Government of Ontario website HERE

Museums Assistance Program -
Digital Access to Heritage

Deadline: March 1, 2022

The deadline for the Digital Access to Heritage under the Museums Assistance Program (MAP) is Tuesday, March 1, 2022 for projects taking place between April 1, 2022, and March 31, 2024.

For full details on program eligibility and information on how to apply, please visit the Guidelines. Contact your regional office of the Department of Canadian Heritage to discuss your project and request an application package.

Need Your MAP Questions Answered?

Webinar Recording: The Museums Assistance Program: An Overview and Q&A
with Canadian Heritage

Watch Canadian Heritage staff John Bell, Sarah Hill, and Bruce Borysiuk discuss the Museums Assistance Program. They give an overview of the components of MAP and the application process, and participated in a live Q&A to help you make the most of your application. 

Watch the recording HERE

Upcoming Funding Deadlines

To help ease your search for funding support, the OMA team has compiled a list of current funding opportunities that are relevant to Ontario's museums. View more funding opportunities on the OMA website HERE.

March 1, 2022: Museums Assistance Program - Digital Access to Heritage
March 3, 2022: Ontario Grant to Support Anti-Hate Security Measures for Faith-Based and Cultural Organizations
March 11, 2022: Ontario COVID-19 Small Business Relief Grant
April 6, 2022: Resilient Communities Fund, Ontario Trillium Foundation
April 30, 2022: Community Anniversaries - Building Communities Through Arts and Heritage
April 30, 2022: Local Festivals - Building Communities Through Arts and Heritage
Student Work Placement Subsidy Program
Cultural Human Resources Council

The Student Work Placement program supports cultural sector employers in hiring post-secondary students with wage subsidies of 75% of the full wage cost to a maximum of $7,500 per placement. With supplemental funding from Employment and Social Development Canada, Cultural Human Resources Council is offering a new round of internships for students of all academic fields to gain work experience.

Subsidies are available for internships starting soon or already under way. Subsidies can be awarded retroactively dating back to June 4th, 2021. Funding ends on April 30th, 2022. 

Read more HERE

Reconciliation Framework: The Response to the Report of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission Taskforce 
The Steering Committee on Canada's Archives
The reconciliation framework presented in this report is the result of five years of research, relationship building, and collaborative content development by the Response to the Report of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission Taskforce (TRCTF) of the Steering Committee on Canada’s Archives (SCCA); a team of dedicated non-Indigenous archivists; and First Nations, Inuit, and Métis heritage professionals from across Canada.

While the primary impetus for the development of the framework was Call to Action 70 issued by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada (TRC) in June 2015, taskforce members had long been aware of both the need for systemic change in the archives profession in Canada and the many challenges that archives and archivists face in effecting such change. Establishing a Framework for Reconciliation Action & Awareness within the Canadian Archival System research project was developed to address this need.
Read more HERE.
Indigenous Protocols for the Visual Arts
Canadian Artists’ Representation /
Le Front des artistes canadiens

The purpose of the Indigenous Protocols for the Visual Arts resource guide is to provide practical guidelines for respectful engagement with Indigenous Peoples. It is part of an ongoing initiative to strengthen respect for First Nations, Inuit, and Métis visual art and artists, and legal and moral rights in the lands commonly known as Canada.

This guide provides information about existing legal protections, as well as the ethical and moral considerations for working with Indigenous Peoples, or the use of Indigenous cultural material. The resource is also useful for Indigenous artists who are not well-connected to their home communities and need links to those resources. It is designed to help Indigenous artists protect their work, to educate non-Indigenous stakeholders in responsibly engaging with Indigenous artists and their work, and to provide tools that can be used to advocate for stronger legislative change.

Read more HERE

Election Advocacy Toolkit
Ontario Nonprofit Network
2022 is a double election year in Ontario. The provincial election is on June 2, 2022 and municipal elections will take place in October 2022. Elections are not a time for public benefit nonprofits to sit on the sidelines, but to get in the game as key players. Nonprofits play a vital role in fostering an inclusive democracy. As the bridge between our communities and government, nonprofits engage and amplify community voices, provide unique public policy insight, and hold governments and decision-makers accountable.
Read more HERE.
Mark your calendars for Culture Days 2022
Culture Days

Culture Days events create opportunities to showcase, celebrate, share, learn, and express a life enriched by arts and culture. The next Culture Days national celebration will take place September 23rd through October 16th, 2022, for three glorious weeks of colour, creativity, and community. 

Registration for 2022 will be opening in May!

Visit the FAQ page HERE and review the Participation Guide HERE to learn more about organizing Culture Days events this year.

A Step-By-Step Guide to Help You Take Your Nonprofit Career to the Next Level in 2022
Charity Village

At this early time of the year, a lot of people start to review how far they have come along in their lives and consider some of those lifelong dreams they have yet to achieve. It may not be a surprise then, that a lot of people decide that they want to make some changes. In doing that, they will want to set up some prominent career and lifestyle goals. 

While some people end up deciding they want to change their career altogether, others may love the field they are in and want to advance their current career. But how do you do this? Where should you start? 

This guide maps out the next 12 months to get you started.  

Read more HERE

Gender and Sexuality Inclusion Toolkit for Museums, Heritage and Cultural Institutions
BC Museums Association
Museums and cultural institutions tell the stories and preserve the histories of an area, aiming to be representative of the local region and foster a strong sense of community. How does gender and sexual orientation inclusion align with these goals? 

While Canada is home to approximately one million 2SLGBTQIA+ community members, there has been only a slight increase of diverse narratives represented in museum and cultural sectors. When a group of people is overlooked and excluded, voices are left out of the conversation and telling of local histories. Furthermore, the ways in which stories are delivered is critical. Often one-off exhibits within a heteronormative culture can be tokenizing and contribute to harmful stereotypes and thus, perpetuate existing forms of oppression of marginalized 2SLGBTQIA+ populations. 

Read more HERE.
Rules for a Playful Museum
MuseumNext takes a closer look at the Rules for a Playful Museum e-book created by Charlotte Derry in collaboration with Manchester Museum, which was initially funded by the Happy Museum back in 2012.

In the opening gambit of Manchester Museum’s Rules for a Playful Museum, it is stated “We think protecting children’s right and freedom to play in shared social space is a serious matter.” And it certainly should be. The benefits of creating playful, creative and stimulating environments are clear and well understood; and they present museums with a wonderful opportunity to attract and engage audiences of the future. 

Read more HERE
Webinar Recording:
Museums in the Year Ahead

"Museums in the Year Ahead: How Cultural Organizations are Envisioning Digital Engagement, Hybrid Models, and Innovation in 2022 and Beyond" is a webinar about the phygital future of museums. The discussion anticipates the year ahead in the cultural industry, examining hybrid models, digital activities, virtual revenue generation, and the potential impact of new technology trends (like NFTs and the “Metaverse”), probing what museum innovation may look like in 2022 and beyond. 

  • Brendan Ciecko (CEO, Cuseum)
  • Courtney Law (Director of Communications, Partnerships, and Digital Initiatives, Museum of Contemporary Art Denver)
  • Steven Brady (Chief Technology Officer, Barnes Foundation)
  • Tricia Robson (Senior Project Manager of Digital, Education, Publications, Imaging, Libraries & Live Arts, The Metropolitan Museum of Art)
Watch the recording HERE.
OMA Job Board
Museum Exhibit & Programming Assistant
The Corporation of Loyalist Township

February 27

Read more HERE.
Associate Director, Major Gifts
McMichael Canadian Art Collection

February 28
$80,000 - $85,000/year 

Read more HERE.
Philanthropy Associate
The Canadian Canoe Museum

March 4
$45,000 - $55,000/year

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!
Support Ontario’s Museums: Donate Now!

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.

If you are already an OMA member, thank you! Please renew your membership when you receive an email reminder.

If you are not yet a member, please consider an individual, institutional, or commercial membership for yourself, your colleagues, or your institution. You can find information about member categories and benefits on our website.

You can make a donation to the OMA on our website or through Canada Helps. Every contribution adds to the collective strength of our sector. You can help us build a more resilient museum sector. Thank you for your support!

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As an organization of provincial scope, the Ontario Museum Association recognizes that its members and community live and work on the lands and territories of Indigenous peoples. Toronto, where the OMA offices are located, is the territory of the Mississaugas of the Credit, Haudenosaunee and the Huron Wendat. We wish to express our gratitude for the resources we are using and pay respect to the rich and ongoing Indigenous history of what is now Ontario and Canada.
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