Trillium Deadline December 7th!

Nov 24, 2022
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Sector News
Ontario is updating its historical plaques:
The new Shingwauk Hall plaque unveiled
TVO Today
November 18, 2022 -- In 2021, an unknown person threw red paint on the plaque that stood outside Shingwauk Hall, the former residential school in Sault Ste. Marie. Erected in 1977, the plaque fails to mention the residential school’s aim of assimilation or the experiences of the Indigenous students who attended. After learning of the incident, Ontario Heritage Trust decided to leave the defaced plaque in place temporarily and post a sign beside it that apologized for “any harm or hurt caused by not telling this story accurately” and that explained the plaque would be updated.

The old plaque “didn’t tell the truth about the story of why residential schools were put in place,” says Shirley Horn, Fletcher’s sister, who is also a survivor of Shingwauk and co-founder of Children of Shingwauk Alumni Association (CSAA).

The vandalized plaque, which stood outside the Bishop Fauquier Chapel on the grounds of Algoma University, was replaced in September [2022] with two double-sided Shingwauk Hall plaques featuring Anishinaabemowin, Swampy Cree, and French translations.

Read more about the plaques updated and the communities and organizations involved HERE.
Read the Ontario Heritage Trust News Release of Sept. 30, 2022 HERE. 
National Residential School Crisis Line offers emotional support and crisis referral services for residential school Survivors and their families. Call the toll-free Crisis Line at 1-866-925-4419. This service is available 24/7.

Telephone and chat-based support and crisis intervention is available to all Indigenous Peoples in Canada, through the Hope and Wellness Help Line. This service is available in English and French, and, upon request, in Cree, Ojibway, and Inuktitut. Call the toll-free Help Line at 1-855-242-3310 or connect online HERE.
Upcoming Deadline: 
Resilient Communities Fund 
Applications due December 7th
Ontario Trillium Foundation

This fund supports the recovery efforts of organizations impacted by COVID-19 and helps them respond with immediate, medium, and longer-term recovery projects.

  • Applicants can apply for a minimum of $10,000, and up to $200,000, with a maximum of $100,000 per year.
  • Deadline to apply December 7, 2022 at 5 p.m. ET

Applicants who received a Resilient Communities Fund (RTF) grant from the April 6, 2022 deadline are not eligible to apply for this round.

Read more HERE.

OMA Resources
Registration is open! Spaces are available!
Upcoming Certificate in Museum Studies Courses

Care of Collections
Dates: January 16 - April 2, 2023
Format: Online
Director: Carmen Li, Royal Alberta Museum
*The CMS course Artifacts is a prerequisite for Care of Collections

Exhibit Planning & Design
Dates: January 16 - March 26, 2023
Format: Online
Director: Meredith Leonard, City of Hamilton

Registration for Certificate in Museum Studies courses is open to OMA Individual Members and Commercial Consultant Members.

Find out more about the Certificate in Museum Studies Program HERE.
Questions? Email

Upcoming CCI Webinar:
Photography on a Dime - Thrifty Tools and Free Software for Heritage Professionals 

Canadian Conservation Institute, Ontario Museum Association and Galeries Ontario / Ontario Galleries

Webinar 1: February 9, 2023 (1:00 - 3:00 PM ET)
Webinar 2: February 16, 2023 (1:00 - 3:00 PM ET)

Registration fee required 
Registration opens Dec. 15, 2022 

This Canadian Conservation Institute webinar series is co-presented by the Ontario Museum Association (OMA) and Galeries Ontario / Ontario Galleries (GOG). Interested participants are those who are currently or will be involved in photodocumentation projects within a heritage institution. Participants are expected to have a fundamental knowledge of camera settings and functions (such as ISO and aperture) and a basic understanding of lighting equipment as this information will not be reviewed in the webinar. Participants should also possess practical computer skills.

Learn more HERE.

Watch the webinar
Webinar Recording:
Practical Approaches to Ethical Oral History

Toronto History Museums, Surface Impression & 
Ontario Museum Association


On Tuesday November 15, 2022, the Ontario Museum Association, in partnership with Toronto History Museums and Surface Impression, held a discussion on how best to use oral history in museums. Dr. Pauline Tennent, Manager for the Centre for Human Rights Research (CHRR) at the University of Manitoba, and Heather Bidzinski, Head of Archives and Special Collections at the University of Manitoba, shared their experiences using oral history in research, collections, and exhibition work while addressing some common challenges.

Watch the webinar recording HERE.

External Resources
Canadian Heritage provides funding to increase awareness and commemorate the
National Day for Truth and 
Application deadline is January 16, 2023
The National Day for Truth and Reconciliation (NDTR) component of the Commemorate Canada program provides funding (up to a maximum of $10,000 per organization) to eligible recipients for initiatives that increase awareness and commemorate NDTR.

Who can apply:
  • an Indigenous government, band council, tribal council, or its delegated authority
  • an Indigenous not-for-profit organization or group
  • a for-profit Indigenous organization, provided that the project for which you are requesting funding will not result in income generation for your sole benefit
  • an Indigenous ad hoc committee that has formed for a specific project
  • an Indigenous-led institution including accredited programs
  • in exceptional circumstances to be approved by the program, a non-Indigenous organization, in close partnership with an Indigenous organization (Note: letters of support from Indigenous partner organizations are required)
Eligible projects:
  • demonstrate that it meets the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation objectives
  • take place on the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation (September 30), during the month of September or in the week following the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation
  • be free of charge (no admission fees or donation required to participate)
  • be open to the public

The deadline to apply is January 16, 2023.
Read more and learn how to apply HERE.

Former residential school students can call 1-866-925-4419 for emotional crisis referral services and information on other health supports from the Government of Canada.

Indigenous peoples across Canada can also go to The Hope for Wellness Help Line 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for counselling and crisis intervention.

Call the toll-free Help Line at 1-855-242-3310 or connect to the online chat

Podcast Episode:
A Home in Government for the Nonprofit Sector

Charity Village

Released Oct. 31, 2022-   In this episode, Charity Village delves into the campaign for a federal “Home in Government” for the charitable sector and how, if successful, this could improve nonprofits' influence on policy that affects them directly and indirectly. Hear from the first Parliamentary Secretary for Community Development and Non-Profits in British Columbia to find out more about her work, and how a Home in Government looks in practice. Guests:
  • Annika Voltan, Executive Director, Impact Organizations of Nova Scotia (IONS)
  • Niki Sharma, Parliamentary Secretary for Community Development and Non-Profits, Legislative Assembly of British Columbia
  • The Honourable Ratna Omidvar, Independent Senator for Ontario, Senate of Canada
  • Mark Blumberg, Partner, Blumberg Segal LLP
  • Cathy Taylor, Executive Director, Ontario Nonprofit Network (ONN)
Listen to the episode HERE.
Webinar Recording:
Fallen Statues -
A Conversation About Public Space and History

School of Cities, University of Toronto
On Tuesday October 18, 2022, The School of Cities presented the first session of the Creative Communities Commons (CCC) series - a fishbowl conversation exploring whose arts, cultures and histories are enriched in public spaces.

The CCC exists to provide a node of open participation and the free exchange of intellectual resources and expertise among academia, the arts sector, community leaders, civil society, the private sector, and the public sector.

The School of Cities is a solutions incubator for urban-focused researchers, educators, students, practitioners and the general public to explore and address the complex global challenges facing urban centres.

Watch the recording HERE.
Building financial resiliency for your
nonprofit with Thriving Non-Profits

Deadline to apply to join the Canada-wide cohort: December 1

Organizations across Canada are participating in the Thriving Non-Profits program and creating financially sustainable paths forward, customized for their organizational needs. Thriving Non-Profits is a ground-breaking learning program that helps your organization develop revenue diversification strategies that reduce grant dependency, build financial resilience, and increase your impact. The Thriving Non-Profits program was developed by nonprofits leaders for nonprofit leaders.

Applications are now open for nonprofits and charities to be part of the next program cohorts, starting January 2023. Learn more and apply by December 1, 2022 HERE.

Read more HERE.
2022 is the Ontario Museum Association’s 50th Anniversary, and we were so thrilled to welcome members back to both an in-person and online conference this year! We greatly appreciate everyone for their participation, as it demonstrates your support and dedication to creating a stronger Ontario museum sector together.

Thanks to all of those who played a role in organizing and supporting the online conference: the OMA Council and Staff for organizing the conference and for supporting throughout the day; the Conference Program Committee for their work in organizing and supporting the conference; Conference Partners and Exhibitors for their work in supporting and participating in the conference; all speakers for creating and presenting for their engaging sessions; and all who assisted with introducing, moderating, and concluding the sessions.

Let us know how we did! Be sure to complete your evaluation survey and enter for a chance to win a Free Registration to the OMA Conference in 2023! Thank you for taking the time to respond.
Thank you to the OMA Conference Program Committee!
(Co-Chair) Cara Krmpotich, University of Toronto, OMA Council Member
(Co-Chair) Heather Montgomery, Bank of Canada Museum, OMA Council Member
Naomi Hehn, North Bay Museum
Natalie Hart, City of Ottawa Museums
Roberta Sealy, Waterloo Regional Museums
 Rebecca Pascoe, Niagara Parks Commission
 Rebecca Hicks, Hamilton Civic Museums.
Highlights from OMA Annual Conference 2022 (online)
Left to Right (clockwise): 1. Dr. Amy Barron, Program Coordinator, Fleming College; Dr. Fiona Rawle, Professor Department of Biology, University of Toronto Mississauga; Cara Krmpotich, Associate Professor, Faculty of Information, University of Toronto 2. Dan Travers, Exhibit Developer, Canadian Museum of Water; Ian Kerr-Wilson, Chair, Beach Canal Lighthouse Group; Eriberto Eulisse, Director, Global Network of Water Museums; Gisela Herrerías Guerra, Educational Director, Alternatives and Processes for Social Participation; and Raúl Hernández Garciadiego, Director General, Alternatives and Processes for Social Participation 3. Roxane Shaughnessy, Senior Curator and Manager of Collection, Textile Museum of Canada; Julia Brucculieri, Curatorial & Collection Assistant, Textile Museum of Canada; Cara Krmpotich; and Michael Rikley-Lancaster, Executive Director & Curator, Mississippi Valley Textile Museum  4. Julian Kingston, Supervisor, Oakville Museum; Roberta Sealy, Conservator, Region of Waterloo Museums; Karen Sinotte, Professor and Principal Researcher, George Brown College; Michelle Desgroseilliers, Professor, George Brown College; and James Matsuoka, Student Researcher, George Brown College
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Partners & Exhibitors
*as of November 21, 2022
OMA Job Board
Executive Director
The Ontario Archaeological Society

November 30, 2022
$58,000 - $65,000

Read more HERE.
The Kitchener-Waterloo Art Gallery

November 25, 2022
$40,500 - $43,700

Read more HERE.
Gallery and Exhibits Curator
Toronto Public Library

November 25, 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!
In the Media

'My tears say a lot': Fugitive slave chapel moves to permanent new home at Fanshawe Pioneer Village

Slowly but surely, London’s historic fugitive slave chapel on Tuesday morning began the 13-kilometre journey to its new home at Fanshawe Pioneer Village.

Tuesday’s move marked the final chapter of a near-decade of community efforts to save the heritage building, which served as a place of worship for former slaves who fled the United States via the Underground Railroad and later settled in Southwestern Ontario.

First located on Thames Street, the building was moved to Grey Street to avoid its demolition in 2014.

Now, those behind the restoration efforts hope Tuesday’s journey will be the last time the 19th-century structure has to be moved, its future finally secure.

“I think my tears say a lot,” said Christina Lord, a member of the London Black History Co-ordinating Committee. “We have anticipated this for a long time and to see that she gets to a home, and hopefully a permanent one, is very, very exciting.”

Read more HERE.

Petit Noel a snapshot of northern Ontario artwork at Alex Dufresne Art Gallery
Light Up The Season celebrates 20 years of holiday magic in Loyalist Township
St. James Anglican Church In Fenelon Falls Partners With Digital Museums Canada
Oshawa Public Libraries want you to use your library card to visit local museums for free:
  • Canadian Automotive Museum
  • Ontario Regiment Museum
  • Parkwood National Historic Site
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 November.
We welcome everyone to join the celebration of our 50th anniversary
and to visit a museum near you!

Learn more about our 50th Anniversary HERE.

OMA Certificate of Museum Studies graduates photographed at the 2022 OMA Awards of Excellence reception in Hamilton, ON. Congratulations!
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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.

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