Resources to Build Inclusion in Your Museum

Sep 24, 2020
Early Bird Rate--Extended!
Members can now save $75 by registering for the
2020 OMA Annual Conference by October 5!
Speech from the Throne
In yesterday's Speech from the Throne, the Government of Canada committed to extending the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy (CEWS) through summer 2021 and to expanding the Youth Employment and Success Strategy. 

Read the Full Speech HERE. 
OMA Inclusion Resources
In preparation for the engaging work upcoming as part of the OMA Annual Conference 2020, please see below for OMA-created resources in support of Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, and Accessibility.

Inclusion2025: A Practitioner's Guide to Inclusive Museums
This publication was the result of the work of the Museum Accessibility, Inclusion, and Engagement Collective (MAIEC), comprising representatives from the OMA, ROM and the Canadian Centre for Diversity and Inclusion (CCDI). The Guide was developed with 10 partner museums from across the province with feedback drawn from the experience of experts and innovators on our project Advisory Committee and from within their communities / Tourism regions. The toolkit includes the following areas:
  • Governance
  • Collections Development
  • Exhibitions and Curatorial Practice
  • Community Engagement
  • Volunteer and HR Policies
  • Events and Programming
  • Marketing and Communications
  • Interpretation and Education
  • Audience Insight
  • Facilities Management
Read the Inclusion2025: A Practitioner's Guide to Inclusive Museums HERE
Further OMA Inclusion resources: 
  • Webinar: Cultural Competency HERE
  • Webinar: Beyond Tokenism-- Approaches to Inclusive Programming HERE
  • Webinar: Using Data to Build the Case for Equity and Inclusion HERE
  • Webinar: Managing Up, Down and Across-- Change Management Fundamentals HERE
Inclusion-related OMA Conference Recordings:
  • Thanh Sinden, Museum Detox, Conference 2019 Keynote HERE 
  • Ontario Delegates to the Association of African American Museums Conference, Conference 2019 HERE
  • Dr. Deborah L. Mack, National Museum of African American History and Culture (NMAAHC), Smithsonian Institution, Conference 2018 Keynote HERE
See all Inclusion-related Resources HERE.
Focus on: Indigenous Inclusion
Indigenous Collections Symposium, 2017
The Indigenous Collections Symposium was a partnership project of the Ontario Museum Association, the Woodland Cultural Centre, and the Indigenous Knowledge Centre at the Six Nations Polytechnic. A Working Group made up of Indigenous and non-Indigenous museum and cultural professionals was formed to lead the programming of a series of webinars followed by a two-day symposium. 

Read the Indigenous Collections Symposium Proceedings: Promising Practices, Challenging Issues and Changing the System HERE

Read the Indigenous Collections Symposium: Next Steps Report HERE
  • Webinar: Museum Perspectives on the Task Force on Museums & First Peoples and the Recommendations of the TRC HERE
  • Webinar: An Introduction to Residential Schools in Ontario: Histories and Interpretation HERE
  • Webinar: The Indigenous History of Ontario HERE
Other Indigenous Inclusion resources:
  • Video, Conference 2019 Keynote Rick Hill HERE
  • Video, Conference 2018 Session: In a Good Way... Prioritizing Indigenous Education and Digital Learning HERE
  • Video, Conference 2018 Session: The Making of the Voices of Chief's Point HERE

#OMAConf2020 Session Highlight
Artful Moments: Situating Wellness in Art Gallery Education

Thursday October 29
11:45am to 12:45pm

Laurie Kilgour-Walsh
Senior Manager, Education
Art Gallery of Hamilton
Tor Lukasik Foss
Director, Programs and Education,
Art Gallery of Hamilton
In an overview of AGH Art and Wellness programs, which are centred on Artful Moments, and arts-based program for persons with dementia we will share research, best practices and what we've learned. This program is currently exploring expansion into other areas of specialized programs.
Webinar Recording Available:
"Ask Me Anything" with Irene Chalmers
Co-presented with the Group of Ontario Emerging Museum Professionals (GOEMP)
Irene Chalmers generously volunteered her time to make her rich experience in interpretive planning and as a freelancer accessible through this platform. 

Watch the recording HERE. 
Members in the News 
Ermatinger Clergue National Historic Site receives $95,000 in funding for upgrades
Stratford-Perth Museum welcomes Minister MacLeod
Brockville Museum Haunting Histories tour exposes the darker side of Brockville
Northern Ontario Railroad Museum and Heritage Centre new interactive and immersive Halloween attraction
Virtual Museum of Canada
Newly-released Ontario projects:
Recognizing our Esteemed Colleagues

An Opportunity to Recognize our Esteemed Colleagues

Deadline: Friday, September 25, 2020

Is there someone at your organization who has retired (or will retire) between November 2019 and October 2020?

Last year the OMA started a new tradition of recognizing our colleagues who have retired in the past year at the annual OMA Awards Gala. This year’s awards ceremony will be held online as part of our virtual conference and we look forward to continuing the tradition!

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: Friday, September 25, 2020


  • Submissions are welcome to recognize retirees in any role at an organization.
  • Retirees do not need to be present at the Virtual Conference to be recognized.
External Resources
Business / Arts Webinar with Nanos Research
Are Canadians ready to return to the arts?
Recorded September 23, 2020
Nik Nanos, Chief Data Scientist and Founder of Nanos Research shares findings of the latest Arts Response Tracking Survey (ARTS) which polled over 1,000 Canadians to gauge their attitudes on returning to and supporting the arts across Canada. 
Watch the recording HERE. 
Webinar - Building Online Resources that Last: Digital Exhibits and Collection Stewardship
Wednesday, October 14th, 2020
3:00pm to 4pm Eastern Time
Join Kelly Black, Executive Director of Point Ellice House Museum & Gardens, Corey Davis, Digital Preservation Coordinator at UVIC, Dana McFarland, Librarian & Coordinator, eResources & Scholarly Communication at VIU, and Matt Hucklack, Digital Scholarship Librarian at UVIC, for this engaging webinar. As the COVID-19 pandemic pushes cultural organizations to develop digital experiences, this webinar will introduce participants to tools and methods for the creation and preservation of online exhibits. Online does not mean forever–your hosts will provide advice about how to build digital content to last beyond technological change & institutional turnover.
Read more HERE.
State of the Arts: Impacts from 2020 Live Panel Discussion
Friday, September 25th from 11am  - 12:00pm EDT

Presented by Culture Days and CBC Toronto: Join host Ismaila Alfa for a candid discussion examining how the Canadian arts sector has been upended by COVID-19, confronted by calls for greater inclusion and equity, and presented with opportunities in recovery as the industry faces a new future. Featuring:

Panel Moderator: Ismaila AlfaHost, CBC’s Metro Morning

Register HERE. 
Occupational Hygiene Webinar Series
Public Services Health & Safety Association
Do you have questions about how to safely reopen workplaces? How do you recognize and control hazards? What are the health and safety precautions that need to be considered?

Occupational hygiene is the science of anticipating, evaluating and controlling hazards in the workplace. Starting in October, PSHSA’s Hygiene Team will be hosting a series of free webinars to offer timely information, education and resources. Join us and connect with experts in the field to learn about the importance of occupational hygiene in keeping workplaces safe.

Read more HERE.
OMA Job Board
History Programming Coordinator
Orillia Museum of Art & History
Reporting to the Executive Director (ED) and supported by volunteers and interns, the History Program Coordinator is responsible for developing and delivering OMAH’s history programming, overseeing the artifact collection and archives and developing historical exhibitions for display in OMAH’s galleries.  The position works collaboratively with the ED, other staff members, volunteers and committees to support OMAH’s Strategic Plan and achieve desired outcomes.

Deadline: September 24, 2020
Read more HERE. 
Director of Development
Myseum of Toronto
Myseum of Toronto is seeking a highly motivated individual who wants to be part of a new era in Toronto's cultural and museum history. Reporting to the CEO, and working closely with the senior team, and the Financial Resource Development (FRD) Committee, the Director of Development is responsible for leading the organization’s capital fundraising campaign.This role is responsible for developing a capital fundraising strategy, leading prospect tracking, generating revenue from various sources, facilitating and managing stewardship, and liaising with major donors/sponsors, and other key stakeholders.

As a member of the senior management team, this individual participates in strategic planning, budgeting, ongoing operations, managing reporting staff, and liaising with Board Directors on an ongoing basis.

Deadline: Oct 30, 2020
Read more HERE.
Chief Operating Officer
Thunder Bay Museum
Reporting directly to the Executive Director, the Chief Operating Officer oversees the Thunder Bay Historical Museum Society’s operations in areas that include visitor and members’ services, communications and marketing, strategic partnerships, human resources, volunteers, implementation of policies and procedures, purchasing, facilities, and security. The COO also shares responsibility for the Museum's overall financial performance, with specific responsibility for the effective management of all revenue-generating functions.

Deadline: Dec 31, 2020
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!
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COVID-19 Resources

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