ONMuseums: Museums as Part of Tourism Recovery

Jun 24, 2021
Need to Know
Minister Lisa MacLeod technical briefing
Measures impacting Ontario's heritage,
sport, tourism and culture industries
June 24 at 1:00pm
Join the Honourable Lisa MacLeod for a technical briefing with Assistant Deputy Ministers Kevin Finnerty and Tyler Currie as well as Ministry of Health officials to discuss COVID-19 measures impacting Ontario's heritage, sport, tourism and culture industries.
Time: Thursday, June 24, 2021 – 1:00pm
Detailed instructions on how to register are HERE.
Budget 2021 funding for museums and
heritage organizations
Minister Steven Guilbeault announcement

Join the Department of Canadian Heritage, and Isha Khan, CEO of the Canadian Museum for Human Rights, for an announcement from the Honourable Steven Guilbeault, Minister of Canadian Heritage: Canada’s post-pandemic recovery and Budget 2021 funding for museums and heritage organizations.
Wednesday, June 30, 2021
11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. EDT

Register HERE.

While there will be a live Q&A, you are encouraged to submit your questions for Minister Guilbeault in advance by Friday, June 25, 2021, 5 p.m. EDT to

Ontario Releases
Tourism Economic Recovery Report

Yesterday, the Ontario government released a report prepared by the Tourism Economic Recovery Ministerial Task Force, which makes recommendations on how to support the province’s $36-billion tourism industry recover from the COVID-19 pandemic. The report provides 10 key recommendations about how to rebuild and reshape the future of Ontario’s tourism industry. The recommendations include reducing red tape for tourism businesses, restoring consumer confidence in visitors through collaboration between public health officials and the tourism industry and encouraging Ontarians to experience the province through industry co-ordinated travel days. The report also suggests new opportunities to showcase the best Ontario has to offer through itineraries, packages and trails that will make it easier to find local Ontario products and experiences.
Read more HERE.
Museums as Part of Tourism Recovery

Many of the recommendations made by the Tourism Economic Recovery Task Force build on the 15 Action Items of the Ministry of Heritage, Sport, Tourism and Culture Industries' White Paper Reconnecting Ontarians: Re-Emerging as a Global Leader. The OMA provided a response to the Ministry on Reconnecting Ontarians in February 2021, and will continue to advocate for museums as a key part of the province's tourism, economic, and social recovery. 

Read the OMA's response to the MHSTCI Reconnecting Ontarians HERE. 

The OMA's current recommendations to the Ministry--to "Invest Fully in Ontario Museums" and to allow indoor museums to open in Step 2 of the Roadmap to Reopen--will support museums so they can survive the pandemic and fully contribute to the province’s recovery and vitality.

Read the OMA's Open Letter to Premier Ford and Minister MacLeod HERE. 
Read the OMA's Recommendations to the Ministry on Regulations for Reopening HERE 
Museums Must be Heard!
Call to Action

The OMA is asking members to share the Open Letter to Premier Ford and Minister MacLeod with their MPPs, their community members, and media. Download a copy of the Open Letter HERE.

Tip: Share the letter with your board members and volunteers for them to also share!
  1. Download a Template Letter for your MPP HERE
  2. Find your MPP's contact information HERE. 
  3. cc: Premier Ford (premier@ontario.ca), Minister MacLeod (minister.macleod@ontario.ca) and the OMA (community@museumsontario.ca) on your emails
Social Media
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  2. Use the example message below.
  3. Tag @museumsontario and also use #onpoli in your posts
OMA Resources
OMA Awards of Excellence
 Nominations Deadline extended: July 12, 2021

There is Still Time to Recognize Inspiring Individuals!
The deadline for nominations to the Awards of Excellence 2021 has been extended until July 12, 2021 for the following Award categories:
  • Distinguished Career, and
  • Promising Leadership
Step up to thank those colleagues that are dedicated to supporting and energizing our community. Self-nominations are also encouraged!
Find out more
Upcoming Funding Deadlines
Members in the News 
Indigenous Learning Centre "Wigwam Chi-Chemung" Opens for Summer at Ontario Place
Elder Dr. Duke Redbird
Myseum of Toronto

Elder Duke Redbird is a poet, artist and educator with a passion for sharing his knowledge.

In 2018, after noticing what he described as a non-existent Indigenous presence along Toronto’s waterfront, he had the idea to change that. He purchased a houseboat that would become a vessel for sharing and celebrating Indigenous history with Torontonians.

The boat is called “Wigwam Chi-Chemung” and in partnership with Myseum of Toronto, it will be docked at the Ontario Place marina through the summer.

The houseboat, covered in Indigenous art will serve as an interpretive learning centre – offering a place for people to engage with, ask questions of, and learn from the perspectives of an Indigenous Elder.

Amid the pandemic, Myseum of Toronto has created an interpretive phone line system which features a variety of recorded content and an option to leave messages with questions to be answered by Elder Redbird. It is to provide an alternative to people who don’t wish to visit the Wigwam Chi-Chemung in person. The phone number is 1-647-373-5705.

Learn more HERE.

Read Global News' coverage HERE.

OMA Annual Conference 2020
Myseum of Toronto -The Success of Partnerships 

Jeremy Diamond, CEO of Myseum of Toronto and Elder Dr Duke Redbird present the successes of a recent project called Wigwam Chi-Chemung, a floating art installation and Indigenous learning centre in Toronto. The presentation focusses on the importance of partnerships and how they can be formed and leveraged within the Museum sector.

Chatham-Kent County supports the 1934 Chatham Coloured All-Star baseball team's induction into the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame
TVDSB collaborates with new Elgin County Museum augmented reality app
Heritage Sarnia-Lambton to host virtual presentation on the local history of criminals called On the Lam in Lambton as part of its Heritage Hour
Aurora Historical Society- Strawberry Tea, whiskey tasting, and a murder mystery for summer
Goulbourn Museum presents- With Love to All: A Community Project
Craigleith Depot launches book featuring stories of seven generations of Indigenous women
Colleague Update

Obituary: Carol Johnston
Monday, August 17th, 1931 - Saturday, June 19th, 2021

The OMA is sad to announce the passing of Carol Johnston, a dedicated museum professional and educator, and an engaged member of the Association since 1978. Carol was the founder of Canada's first children's museum and leaves behind a legacy of learning through play in the London community and beyond. Carol’s dedication to her community was recognized when she was inducted as Member of the Order of Canada in 1985.

On June 21st, Amanda Conlon, the Executive Director of the London Children's Museum wrote:

"The passing of our founder is like losing a best friend. The museum was Carol’s vision, and she has been its most dedicated supporter since we opened our doors almost 50 years ago. She will be missed beyond measure.”

We at the OMA echo these sentiments.

To read the full obituary, click HERE.
To read the London Children's museum's message, click HERE.

External Resources
2021 Governor General's History Award for Excellence in Community Programming
Deadline July 15, 2021
Canada's National History Society is seeking nominations and applications for the Governor General's History Award for Excellence in Community Programming. This award recognizes community-based projects that promote public engagement in history. Applications are evaluated on their impact, innovation, and contribution to a greater public understanding of Canadian history. Two recipients (French and English) will receive $2,500 each.
If you know a community history project, we encourage you to submit a nomination or start an application today. Visit https://www.canadashistory.ca/GGHACommunity
If you have any questions about the award or application, please contact Kylie Nicolajsen at knicolajsen@canadashistory.ca
Control of Pollutants in Museums and Archives Technical Bulletin 37

This Technical Bulletin proposes guidelines for the optimal control of pollutants in museums, archives and any other heritage institution. It identifies common sources of pollutants and objects at risk. It offers multi-level actions to reduce pollutant levels and to minimize uncertainties when evaluating risks. Special attention is given to highly vulnerable objects, for which tailored preservation specifications are suggested. Two aspects of preventive conservation are covered in detail: the filtration of airborne pollutants at the building level and monitoring. The monitoring section contains various possibilities for collecting data on different scenarios, from the overall building to a narrow investigation on what could have damaged a specific object. Please note that the information provided does not deal with health and safety issues.

Read more HERE.
CCI and CHIN: In Our Words

A new episode of the podcast series CCI and CHIN: In Our Words is out now! Tune in to listen to “Peter Homulos: founder of the Canadian Heritage Information Network.”

Episodes are free. Subscribe in Apple PodcastsGoogle Play or the podcast app of your choice to receive a notification each time a new one is released.
Our Collections Matter Toolkit 

Coinciding with the start of the United Nations’ Decade of Action to deliver the Sustainable Development Goals by 2030, ICCROM is proud to announce the launch of the Our Collections Matter project. The goal of this novel initiative is to accelerate, increase and amplify activity in support of sustainable development through use, development and conservation of heritage collections.

Through a strong coalition of international partners covering all typologies of heritage collections, and benefiting from existing knowledge and experience outside the heritage sector, Our Collections Matter will provide practical tools and build capacity to enable collections-based institutions to achieve their maximum potential helping make this world a better place

Access the Toolkit HERE.
Video: What are we conserving?
Reflections on colonial practices in conservation 

The video recording of the Reconciliation Working Group's first virtual panel discussion, What are we conserving? Reflections on colonial practices in conservation, recorded on May 26th, 2021 through Zoom is now available. The panel features experiences and perspectives from Sean Young (Haida Gwaii Museum), Meranda Roberts (Field Museum), and John Moses (Canadian Conservation Institute) and a rich discussion moderated by Heidi Swierenga (Museum of Anthropology, UBC).

Learn more and watch the recording HERE.


Keynote Webinar: Museums Are Not Neutral

On June 2nd, the Western Museums Association partnered with the British Columbia Museums Association for a special keynote webinar with Museums Are Not Neutral co-producers, La Tanya S. Autry and Mike Murawski.

As inspiring change leaders who are exposing the myth of museum neutrality one step at a time, together La Tanya and Mike explored the strategies for how museums can become relevant, socially engaged community spaces that act as agents of positive change, and highlighted the importance of having a strong and ethical institutional core.

Watch the presentation HERE.

Video: [Collective Liberation] Disrupt, Dismantle, Manifest
2021 Equity Coalition Convening

The Museums & Race [Collective Liberation] Disrupt, Dismantle, Manifest conference, which took place from June 2-4, 2021 has now been made available online.

Watch the conference HERE.

New Report: Museums Can Help to Combat Ageism Through Creative Aging Investments
On June 10th, the American Alliance of Museums (AAM) released a landmark report entitled “Museums and Creative Aging: A Healthful Partnership,” calling on museums to change the narrative about what it means to grow old in America. The report, commissioned by AAM and funded by Aroha Philanthropies, finds that cultural institutions can actively support older people and address issues of ageism by providing creative aging programming.

The report includes recommendations for museums to engage thoughtfully and meaningfully with America’s older population, such as: 

  • Invest in a diverse array of onsite and online creative aging programs
  • Work actively to combat society’s prejudices toward older people, or “ageism”
  • Foster new kinds of research and partnerships to further these goals

These recommendations incorporate specific tactics museums can implement, including:

  • Facilitating intergenerational programs in artmaking
  • Offering ongoing training in intergenerational understanding and communication skills
  • Investing in a deeper understanding of older people who visit museums and those who do not.

AAM will host a national Summit on Museums and Creative Aging on July 29, 2021. Registration will open on June 29.

Learn more HERE.


2021 Digital Skills Survey Results
Are Canada's Charities Ready for Digital Transformation?

CanadaHelps recently released the results of a new survey of 1,400 Canadian charities exploring both interest in adopting digital tools and barriers to doing so. High level results include that “A majority of charities believe that digital adoption is important, yet more than two-thirds of charities report the adoption of digital tools is a lower priority for their organization. More than 55% of charities expressed either a lack of funding or the skills, expertise, and knowledge for greater use of digital tools.” This report provides interesting insight relevant to several of the nonprofit sector’s policy priorities.

Download the results HERE.

Beat the Heat: Preventing, Identifying and Treating Heat Related Disorders

As the weather warms up, learning about how heat affects your body becomes increasingly important. Overexposure to heat can stress the body’s cooling system and can lead to heat-related illness, disability, and even death. Help OH&S professionals recognize and manage risk factors associated with heat-related disorders. Prevention measures in both indoor and outdoor environments are highlighted. Suggested treatment options are also available.

Download resource HERE.

New Web Pages About AODA Rules

The Ontario government recently published updated and easy-to-read info about the AODA and key accessibility requirements that business, non-profit and designated public sector organizations need to meet under Ontario’s accessibility laws.

Visit www.ontario.ca/accessibility to find refreshed pages for business and non-profit organizations and designated public sector organizations.

Business and non-profit organizations
If you are a business or non-profit organization with 20 or more employeesthe new web page is a great resource for you to get started on your accessibility compliance report that is due on June 30, 2021. For smaller organizations, this web page can help you quickly take stock of your current level of compliance. It has tools and information to help you become accessible.

Public sector organizations
If you are part of the designated public sector, the deadline to file an accessibility compliance report is December 31, 2021. This new web page is a helpful overview of the requirements that you need to meet.


COVID-19 Supports and Resources

  • The Ontario government website provides a variety of COVID-19 supports, including public mental health and/or addiction programs to address low mood, anxiety, worry or stress. Please click HERE.
  • The Ontario government website provides tips and resources for businesses and organizations so they can avoid creating unnecessary barriers for people with disabilities during the COVID-19 pandemic HERE.
PD Opportunities
Indigenous Languages Webinar
Ecuador-Canada "Towards the International Decade of Indigenous Languages" (2022-2031)

Tuesday June 29, 2021
9:00 AM 

The Canadian Heritage Indigenous Languages Branch has the pleasure of sharing the information regarding a virtual event on Indigenous languages organized by the Embassy of Ecuador in Canada and the Embassy of Canada in Ecuador.
This event aims to build bridges between the two countries to support dialogue and exchange of best practices on the revitalization and promotion of Indigenous languages. The event is organized to celebrate the forthcoming launching of the International Decade of Indigenous Languages (2022-2032). 
The webinar will bring together Indigenous peoples, government representatives and academics from both countries around the following program:
9:00-9:00                    Prayer and opening remarks
9:30-10:15                  Panel 1 - Profile of Indigenous Languages in Ecuador and Canada
10:15-11:00                Panel 2 - Challenges of Indigenous Language Education
11:00-11:45                Panel 3 - Indigenous languages in the arts: the case of film and documentaries
11:45-12:00                Closing remarks

Register HERE.

Upcoming Webinar: Tools for Healthy
Executive Director Transitions

Free Webinar
Thursday July 8, 2021

1:00pm - 2:00pm ET

This one-hour webinar will be focused on sharing practical tools, personal insights, and recommendations to support effective Executive Director and Founder transitions. This webinar aims to spark intergenerational dialogue between longstanding outgoing leaders, incoming emerging leaders, their board of directors and the wider nonprofit sector.  Learn tangible strategies to achieve positive outcomes in leadership continuity, organizational sustainability, and the well-being of everyone involved in these monumental transitions.  This webinar is recommended for anyone in the nonprofit sector interested in better understanding the realities of Executive Director transitions, tools for success, and pitfalls to look out for. 

Learn more and register HERE.

Webinar: How to Design Engaging and
Effective Learning Experiences

Tuesday, July 27, 2021
1:00 pm to 3:30 pm

The road to converting an event from face-to-face to online isn’t always straightforward, but it’s perhaps not as complicated as people think. The basic principles of good learning design hold true no matter whether we’re creating workshops for in person or online. You will gain tips to help you get clear on what designing effective events looks regardless of the platform.

Learn more and register HERE.
OMA Job Board

Development Associate, Corporate Partnerships
McMichael Canadian Art Collection

July 3
Read more HERE.

Museum Assistant
(Up to 15 months)

City of Kingston 

July 5
Read more HERE.
RFP - Digital Marketing Contract
The Royal Canadian Regiment Museum

July 23
Read more HERE.
Program Manager
Canadian Heritage Inventory

September 2
PM-05: $85,476 to $92,412 - PM-06: $100,220 to $114 592
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!
The OMA Welcomes Your Support

If you are already an OMA member, please renew your membership when you receive an email reminder. If you are not a member, please consider joining, either as an institution or an individual. You can find information about member categories and benefits on our website.

Please also consider making a donation to the OMA on our website or through Canada Helps.

Your support of the OMA and your participation in events make us stronger as a sector, and we appreciate each and everyone one of you.

An OMA membership connects you with our network of over 1000 members, representing 700 museums, galleries, and heritage sites across the province. In addition, an OMA membership provides you with the latest news via the ONmuseums newsletter, eNews alerts, and COVID-19 resources to mitigate impact for Ontario museums, galleries and heritage sites.

COVID-19 Resources

The OMA has prepared a dedicated webpage of COVID-19 communications and resources, updated as new information and resources become available.
Read more HERE.

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For all questions or inquiries please contact the OMA: community@museumsontario.ca or call 416-348-8672 / 1-866-662-8672.

Marie G. Lalonde
Executive Director

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