Webinar #3 – We Speak Translate

The BCMA is proud to announce the third installment in our monthly professional development webinar series!

Join colleagues from around the province on June 19 (please note this is on a Monday, not our usual Tuesday) for “We Speak Translate,” a special training workshop presented by Kate Longpre of the Inter-Cultural Association of Greater Victoria.

Webinar Description:

In advance of World Refugee Day (June 20), join the BCMA in a very special We Speak Translate training workshop, presented by the Inter-Cultural Association of Greater Victoria (ICA). The We Speak Translate project is a first of its kind collaboration between Google Translate and the ICA utilizing the Google Translate App for refugee resettlement and new immigrant inclusion in communities.

The BCMA recognizes the role – and potential role – of museums, art galleries, cultural centres, and other memory institutions such as libraries and archives in creating welcoming, safe, and engaging communities for refugees, immigrants, and locals. We are excited to provide this opportunity for institutions to increase their capacity and accessibility, and to share the positive community development initiatives of the ICA.

Upon completion of the 40-minute training, participants receive a We Speak Translate decal, a visible symbol of inclusion and commitment to promoting diversity and communication across language barriers. Familiarity with the Google Translate app establishes a common platform for communication while newcomers develop their English language skills.

This webinar will be facilitated by Kate Longpre, the Community Integration Coordinator at ICA. Kate works strategically across sectors to ensure that resettled refugees entering the Greater Victoria area are successfully integrated into welcoming communities. Kate approached Google Translate in September 2016 with the idea for the We Speak Translate project. In April 2017 the project launched in Victoria, BC, the first location worldwide to initiate the project.

Webinar Details:

Time and Date: June 19, noon-1pm
Cost: Free for members, $10 for future members
Registration and more information: https://bcmawebinar3.eventbrite.ca/

If you need help finding your member number, please email bfast@museumsassn.bc.ca.  Not yet a member?  Take advantage of our special 60th anniversary rates!

We hope you’ll join us for this webinar!  Feel free to invite your colleagues and share on social media.  If you have any questions about this or future webinars, please email bfast@museumsassn.bc.ca.

BC Museums Week News Release

You can also read this News Release as a PDF here.

May 15, 2017:



VICTORIA, BC – The BC Museums Association (BCMA) is pleased to announce that May 14-21, 2017 is declared BC Museums Week. BC Museums Week celebrates the contributions of museums, galleries, historic sites, and other related heritage organizations to BC’s communities and economy. BC Museums Week is perfectly situated within the global museum calendar as it includes International Museum Day on May 18th.

Many museums across the province are running special events or programs for BC Museums Week. Examples include the BC Sports Hall of Fame and Museum (Vancouver) remaining open late and by donation on May 18, Two Rivers Gallery (Prince George) offering a Sunday Open Studio program and the Roedde House Museum’s (Vancouver) exhibit, Vancouver’s Pioneers of Print, in celebration of Asian Heritage Month. The BCMA is also leading social media discussions throughout the week using the hashtag #BCMuseums.

“BC Museums Week is an excellent opportunity for BC museums, heritage centre, galleries and cultural centres to celebrate and raise awareness about their crucial role in preserving and making accessible the province’s rich history,” says BCMA Council President David Alexander. “2017 is a particularly exciting year for the museum community as we mark the 60th anniversary of the BCMA and the 150th anniversary of Canada’s Confederation.”

Many museums across the province are undertaking legacy projects to honour the province’s unique and diverse histories, culture and heritage as part of the British Columbia | Canada 150: Celebrating B.C. Communities and their Contributions to Canada program, which is administered by the BCMA with support from Heritage BC.

Show your support and appreciation for museums in whatever way you like: visit your local museum, send a shout-out over social media (don’t forget to use #BCMuseums), volunteer or make a donation to support the important work museums do in building a culturally aware and inclusive province.

About the BC Museums Association:

Founded in 1957, the BC Museums Association represents the institutions, trustees, professional staff and volunteers of the BC museum, gallery and heritage site community. The BCMA supports the industry through advocacy work, networking, an annual conference, and professional development training opportunities such as regional workshops and webinars. museumsassn.bc.ca


Alyssa Polinsky
BC Museums Association

BC Museums Week – May 14-21, 2017

BC Museums Week Proclamation

BC Museums Week

The BC Museums Association is excited to announce the launch of BC Museums Week 2017!

Join the BCMA and museums from around BC as we celebrate and highlight the work of our members, discuss important themes for the sector, and work together to build a stronger future.

The Province of British Columbia has proclaimed that May 14-21, 2017 shall be known as “BC Museums Week,” recognizing, among other things, “the importance of museums, art galleries, historic sites, cultural centres and other memory institutions as keepers of legacy, places of learning, and drivers for the economic and social well-being of our communities.”

BC Museums Week is perfectly situated in the international museum calendar as it includes International Museum Day (IMD), an ICOM-sanctioned celebration now in its 40th year that takes place annually on May 18.

Join the BCMA and museums around the province in celebrating BC Museums Week 2017 through a variety of social media discussions, and consider planning your own museum celebration event.

BC museums are invited to plan any form of event, activity, program, open day, promotion, media event, etc. that they can accommodate and afford that celebrates and raises awareness of their museum and museums around the province.  See the BC Museums Week Resources page for ideas and resources for planning events.

The BCMA also encourages BC museums to join the themed daily discussions on social media using #BCMuseums.  See all themes and learn how to contribute on the BC Museums Week Schedule page.