Offered by the BC Museums Association in partnership with the Province of British Columbia

Bursary Program Overview

The BC Museums Association has a limited number of bursaries to cover transportation, registration and accommodation costs for Indigenous and non-Indigenous individuals working or volunteering in the cultural heritage sector to participate in a full-day Indigenous Cultural Competencies training session. The training session will be presented by the BC Museums Association on October 21, 2018 in Kelowna in advance of the BC Museums Association’s annual conference. For more information about this learning opportunity, including the agenda, please visit:


The BC Museums Association’s Indigenous Advisory Council has organized this workshop to encourage a respectful and coordinated approach to help individuals working in the cultural heritage sector address the Truth and Reconciliation (TRC) Calls to Action and the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP). The goal of the Indigenous Cultural Competencies Training is to increase the ability of cultural heritage workers to collaborate respectfully with First Nations communities in response to the TRC and UNDRIP, as well as to take the steps outlined in the Rod Naknakim Declaration recently adopted by the BC Museums Association.


This bursary program is a one-time opportunity offered by the BC Museums Association in partnership with the Province of British Columbia.


Applications must be received no later than 5:00pm on Friday, September 7, 2018.

Who is eligible to apply?

Individuals working or volunteering in organizations with a culture or heritage mandate and responsibility for a museum, cultural heritage assets or historic place are eligible for this funding, including:

  • Registered B.C. not-for-profit organizations
  • First Nations Band Councils
  • Aboriginal Friendship or Cultural Centres
  • Local governments (municipalities and regional districts)
  • Post-secondary institutions

In addition, applicants:

  • must be a resident of British Columbia;
  • must attend and participate fully in the training session;
  • must demonstrate a commitment to advancing reconciliation in their institution or community.

Applicants may also apply to participate in the full BC Museums Association conference, which includes an Indigenous Culture and Collaborations learning stream. Attendance at the full conference is optional, but conference registration costs are eligible expenses within this bursary program.


Please note:  If you have already registered for either the pre-conference workshop or the conference, you may still apply to this bursary program and for reimbursement of the registration fees already committed.

How many bursaries are available?

There are approximately 10-12 bursaries (up to $2600) available to support participants who would not otherwise be able to participate in this workshop due to lack of funds.

How do I apply?

All applicants must complete the online application form and attach a letter from your current supervisor outlining their support for your participation in this learning opportunity.


Download a sample application form and prepare your answers in advance.

NOTE:  You will also need to have your letter of support ready to attach when completing the online application.

You will not be able to save the online application before you submit it.


Ready to apply?

 Click here!

Any questions?

Consult our Frequently Asked Questions document or contact Anissa J. Paulsen, BCMA Program Officer at: or (250) 356-5700