New Museum Definition Approved

Aug 25, 2022
Need to Know

ICOM approves a new museum definition

On August 24th, in the framework of the 26th ICOM General Conference held in Prague, the ICOM Extraordinary General Assembly approved a new museum definition. The vote is the culmination of an 18-month participatory process that involved hundreds of museum professionals from 126 National Committees from all over the world.

OMA Executive Director Marie Lalonde is glad to share this significant moment with our sector, as she was a part of the international Museum Definition Working Group to bring the Ontario, Canadian, and Francophone perspective to these important conversations. The OMA looks forward to sharing more about how this new Museum Definition will guide our sector, inspire our museums to achieve these aims, and serve as the central reference for all museum stakeholders, including governments, for policy and programs.

The new text reads:
“A museum is a not-for-profit, permanent institution in the service of society that researches, collects, conserves, interprets and exhibits tangible and intangible heritage. Open to the public, accessible and inclusive, museums foster diversity and sustainability. They operate and communicate ethically, professionally and with the participation of communities, offering varied experiences for education, enjoyment, reflection and knowledge sharing.”

Le nouveau texte se lit comme suit :
“Un musée est une institution permanente, à but non lucratif et au service de la société, qui se consacre à la recherche, la collecte, la conservation, l’interprétation et l’exposition du patrimoine matériel et immatériel. Ouvert au public, accessible et inclusif, il encourage la diversité et la durabilité. Les musées opèrent et communiquent de manière éthique et professionnelle, avec la participation de diverses communautés. Ils offrent à leurs publics des expériences variées d’éducation, de divertissement, de réflexion et de partage de connaissances.”

Read more HERE.

Media Coverage
#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

Living in Relation: 
A Story of Indigenous Partnership and a Process of Decolonizing
Wellington County Museum and Archives, in collaboration with our Indigenous Partner Amber Holmes (Naawayaa) has unveiled a new exhibit, “Living in Relation” which provides engaging opportunities and connection through Anishinaabe teachings, worldviews and land-based pedagogies. This collaboration has opened up new perspectives on museum processes and practices, has created examples for collaboration with Indigenous communities, and demonstrates what decolonizing can look like in museum settings.

Read more about the session HERE. 
Session Highlight: Monday November 21
The ABC’s of Podcasting: "Hear Our Stories" and Embracing Change
In this session, podcast hosts Harkamal Ajrha, Julia Barclay, and Sarah Cozzarin will discuss the processes behind the Hear Our Stories Podcast, a project hosted by the City of Waterloo Museum that shares stories from the 2SLGBTQIA+ community in Kitchener-Waterloo. Attendees will learn about the strategies employed by the project team for effective community engagement and how they embraced change in order to do so from the perspectives of project supervisor, team, and participant.

Read more about the session HERE.

Listen to episodes of the Hear Our Stories podcast by the City of Waterloo Museum HERE.
#OMAConf2022: Register now and save!
Early-bird rates until Sept. 12th

Join us in-person!
Monday, November 7, 2022 - Full day
Hamilton Convention Centre

Stay tuned! Hamilton activities and planned Study Tours will be held on November 8.

Join us online!
Monday, November 7, 2022 – select sessions will be live-streamed
Monday, November 21, 2022 – Full day of interactive online sessions

Learn about fully Subsidized Registrations HERE.

Book Your Accommodation for the In-person Conference HERE.
Sheraton Hamilton Hotel
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Thank you Mary!
Our most sincere thanks and appreciation for Mary Collier's many and major accomplishments and contributions to the Association.
The OMA announces the departure of Mary Collier, OMA Professional Development Program Manager, as she moves on to a new professional chapter.
Since 2011, Mary has led OMA’s Professional Development, particularly the Certificate in Museum Studies program, engaging Course Directors, supporting students, and continually improving the program, including transitioning to an online format.
"Working at the OMA has been a privilege. The staff, Council members, and the many other museum colleagues I have had the good fortune to work with and learn from during my time at the OMA are a testament to the wisdom and generosity of this community. I am so excited to join you all in your work in museums and to become more rooted in my community here in Algoma. I look forward to this next step knowing that I am part of a supportive museum community and Association"
- Mary Collier
Mary led the museumsuccession project, Museum Education Symposia, webinars, and Annual Conferences, developing additional resources to support museums across the province. Over the years, Mary guided staff and committees on the Awards of Excellence program, recognizing the outstanding contributions of museum staff and volunteers. Most recently, Mary worked on the OMA's Digital Access to Heritage project and Small Bytes webinar series.
One of her noteworthy and important contributions to the OMA is the development and organization of the Indigenous Collections Symposia (2017 and 2021). The first symposium offered in partnership with Six Nations, and the second offered online in partnership with the Canadian Museum of History, both engaging respectfully with Indigenous elders, presenters and participants from numerous Nations and communities. Mary’s thoughtful research and respectful approach to her work has always ensured that OMA was inclusive and considerate of all members and their needs.

There are simply too many professional contributions to mention during the decade we have worked with Mary. One thing is certain, Mary’s work has always been of the utmost quality and her professionalism always admirable. Her sense of humour, caring and dedicated nature, and commitment to learning and mentorship made working with her both a pleasure and a continual source of inspiration for members, Council and staff.

We wish Mary much success and look forward to working with her in her new position as Curator at the Canadian Bushplane Heritage Centre in Sault Ste. Marie.

It's not a goodbye, but an Au revoir!

Please send your best wishes and heartfelt messages to Mary Collier at
 Send a message to Mary HERE
OMA Resources

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

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
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.
Watch the retiree videos from 2020 and 2021
External Resources
Other Funding Opportunities - upcoming deadlines

August 31, 2022: The Museums Assistance Program – Canada-France Agreement component provides funding for joint missions between French and Canadian heritage organizations, to create ties and enhance competencies of museum professionals.

August 31, 2022: Ontario Grant to Support Anti-Hate Security Measures for Faith-Based and Cultural Organizations, will provide funds to faith-based and cultural organizations to increase safety and security measures.

September 1, 2022: The Museums Assistance Program - Digital Access to Heritage component provides funding to heritage organizations to digitize collections, develop digital content and build their capacity in these areas. For projects starting between September 1, 2022, and March 31, 2024.

September 15, 2022: The Canada History Fund encourages Canadians to improve their knowledge about Canada's history, civics and public policy though the production of learning materials, the organization of learning activities and the creation or maintenance of networks.
Organizer Information - Ontario Culture Days
September 23rd – October 16th, 2022
The Ontario Culture Days Festival is an annual celebration of arts, culture and heritage taking place each fall across the province. Each year, we work with organizers of all disciplines to produce this province-wide festival. Organizers host programs throughout Ontario and invite the public to participate for free.

Are you interested in acting as an Ontario Culture Days organizer and leading your own festival program?

Read more HERE
Museum, gallery and heritage sites invited to participate in Ask a Museum
A global conversation starter taking place on September 14th

Ask a Museum (or Ask a Curator as it was called at the time) started in 2010 in an effort to harness Twitter’s networking power to drum up some direct engagement with curators across the globe. The event became an instant hit with museums around the world fielding questions from their audiences, and trended number one on Twitter worldwide. Today, the event has grown to encompass many more social media platforms.

Start a conversation with your favourite museum, September 14th 2022!

Read more and download the logos and graphics HERE.
Finding Your Employability Skills 
Future Skills Centre
The Employability Skills Toolkit is a guide to the skills needed to adapt and succeed in the world of work. It includes explanations and descriptions of these skills and ways to build them.

The Toolkit includes key information about how to become job-ready and exercises to practice and apply what you have learned. These activities encourage thinking about which skills you have, which skills you may need to work on, and how you can improve them.

Read more HERE.
Are you looking to recruit and retain young, diverse talent? We can help.
Hire Next
Update your HR practices to better connect with next-gen talent, close entry-level hiring gaps, and create a workplace that can deliver improved business outcomes. With 30% of employers having trouble filling entry-level roles HireNext takes the guesswork out of creating more inclusive, accessible, and effective hiring practices.
Read more HERE.
Preliminary 3D Printing and 3D Printed Objects in Collections Survey Findings
Image Permanence Institute
This month, IPI is completing the first year of a three-year research project aimed at building a foundational understanding of how museums are creating, collecting, and consuming 3D printed objects. In May and June of 2022, project work included an online survey assessing how collecting institutions are using 3D printing and interacting with 3D printed objects and materials across a broad range of activities. Participants were able to choose different sections of the survey to take depending upon their professional experience with 3D printing. Highlights and preliminary findings from the survey are summarized in this initial report. 
Read more HERE.
Excellence in DEAI Report
American Alliance of Museums
Co-chaired by Smithsonian Secretary Lonnie Bunch and Elizabeth Pierce, CEO of the Cincinnati Museum Center, a task force was assembled as part of Facing Change: Advancing Museum Board Diversity & Inclusion—AAM’s unprecedented national initiative backed by the Mellon, Alice L. Walton, and Ford foundations—of museum leaders with expertise and experience with AAM’s Continuum of Excellence in a range of museum disciplines and sizes.
Read more HERE.
OMA Job Board
Interpretive Planner
Halton Region

September 1, 2022
$73,896 to $98,529

Read more HERE.
Fundraising Coordinator
Thunder Bay Museum

September 2, 2022
$35,000 to $40,000

Read more HERE.
Cultural Program Coordinator
Minden Hills Cultural Centre,
Township of Minden HIlls

September 7, 2022

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!
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
Submit your message
In the Media
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Woodland Cultural Centre embarks on fundraising campaign for museum renovation
Anderson Farm Museum discovers buried historical artifacts during repairs to the museum site (video)
Spadina Museum reimagines Toronto history with new exhibit by portrait artist, Gordon Shadrach (podcast)
Collingwood Museum displays the 105th installation of Métis artist Tracey-Mae Chambers
Ingenium moves the last of its thousands of artifacts (video)
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. Your support, participation, and membership make our work possible.

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. Thank you for your support!

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