ONmuseums: Next Steps for Indigenous Collections

Dec 19, 2019
OMA Professional Development
CMS Course Calendar 2020/2021 Available Now!

The Certificate in Museum Studies provides training in museum practice on a part-time basis for museum workers, both paid and volunteer.

Make your learning plan for the year!

Find out more about the Certificate in Museum Studies here.

Check out the Calendar here!
Indigenous Collections Symposium Working Group
Back row L-R: Sylvia Morin, Jennifer David, Clayton King,  Del Jacko, Talena Atfield, Linda Grussani.
Front row L-R: Michele Gervais, Lynn Whiteduck, SM Leduc, Naomi Recollet, Melissa Phillips, Petal Furness, Heather George, Michelle Hamilton, Tanis Hill, Ron Bernard, Mary Collier
Indigenous Collections Symposium:

Mashkawatgong-mamawewiziwin – strengthening our bonds, sharing our practices

The Ontario Museum Association, our partners and members of the Indigenous Collections Working Group are pleased to invite you to join us at the Canadian Museum of History on March 25-26, 2020 for Indigenous Collections Symposium: Mashkawatgong-mamawewiziwin – strengthening our bonds, sharing our practices.
Registration opens in January.

Registration Rates:

  • OMA members: $250.00 + HST
  • Non-members: $350.00 + HST

Read more HERE.

Thank you to the Canadian Museum of History for hosting this event.  

Professional Development:
Year in Review


This year, over 150 people attended Certificate of Museums Studies Courses and the CCI Workshop. Museum professionals all around the province built their skill sets and we are so grateful for their hard work and participation.

Congratulations and thank you to our 2019 participants, host sites, and instructors!

Check out photos from the in-person courses HERE.

2019 Awards of Excellence Winners
Volunteer Service Award of Excellence
Bill Jeffery, The Textile Museum of Canada
Distinguished Career Award of Excellence
Marty Brent, Peel Art Gallery Museum & Archives (Retired)
Award of Excellence in Programs    
Dundas Museum and Archives for Finding Hazel
Award of Excellence in Community Engagement  
Khadija Aziz, The Textile Museum of Canada for Community Voices
Award of Excellence in Exhibitions
The Brockville Museum for Travel Trunk: Unpacking Brockville’s Cultural Stories
Award of Excellence in Special Projects  
Craigleith Heritage Depot for REEL History & VR Films The Mary Ward and Pathway
Check out photos from the Awards of Excellence as a part of Conference HERE.
Upcoming OMA Dates
December 23, 2019- January 3rd, 2020: OMA Office Closed for the Holidays
January 13: Start date of CMS: Organization & Management of Museums
February 5-6, 2020: CCI Workshop: Mount-making
Other PD Opportunities
Increasing Accessibility and Inclusion at Cultural Organizations Webinar
January 2 & 23, 2020, 3:00-4:40 p.m.

This webinar series is a two-part series. The first webinar will highlight an overview of neurodiversity, accessibility, and inclusion as well as a focus on autism spectrum disorders and respectfully communicate to and about this population. The second part of the series will include lessons learned and practical applications from Andrew Jackson’s Hermitage and recommendations for actionable first steps to increase accessibility and inclusion at your organization.

Learn more and register HERE.

Neurodiversity in Museums: Crafting Community for Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder
January 15, 2020, 3:00-4:00 pm

Join museum professional and autism mom Jackie Spainhour as she provides insight into how museums of all sizes and scopes can adapt their facilities and programming to suit the needs of children on the autism spectrum. Jackie will share tangible steps that any museum can take, resources for best practices in engaging children on the autism spectrum, and will discuss how and why museums should prioritize these efforts.

Learn more and register HERE.

Operational Planning Before, During & After a Capital Project Webinar
January 23, 2020, 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm

Within the framework of people, process, money, space, and communication, this session will consider the big picture in order to sustain a healthy organization.  Presented and led by Lauren Gould, Chief Operating Officer of the Gardiner Museum, who has managed four capital projects in the last two years and has survived to tell the tale, with Arts HR Consultant Jeanne LeSage of LeSage Arts Management.

Learn more and register HERE.

Canadian Conservation Institute: How to Lead a RE-ORG Workshop
Save the date!


Have you already been involved in a RE-ORG project? Do you regularly advise heritage institutions on preventive conservation or deliver training to them on the topic? “How to Lead a RE-ORG Workshop” will prepare you to plan and lead RE-ORG workshops for others or to advise others on implementing a project. If you are thinking of launching a RE-ORG training strategy in your area or in your country, you are encouraged to apply.

The workshop will take place on October 19–23, 2020. CCI will accept applications when the workshop is officially announced in the spring of 2020.

Even More PD Opportunities!

February 5, 2020: Virtual Museum of Canada Call for Proposals
Deadline for Small Investment Stream (Community Stories) (read more)