The BCMA’s 60th Anniversary Annual Conference took place October 3-7, 2017 at the Inn at Laurel Point in Victoria, BC.

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Keynote Speakers

Opening Keynote Speaker

Senator Patricia Bovey, FRSA, FCMA

Patricia Bovey, appointed to the Senate of Canada in November 2016 representing Manitoba, is a Winnipeg-based gallery director and curator, art historian, writer, professor and, for many years, a management consultant in the arts and not-for-profit sector.

Formerly the Director of the Winnipeg Art Gallery (1999-2004) and the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria (1980-1999), she was appointed Director Emerita of the Winnipeg Art Gallery in 2014. She was a founder of the Buhler Gallery at St Boniface Hospital, serving as Director/Curator from its 2007 inception to December 2016.  She was also a founder of the University of Winnipeg’s Manitoba Arts and Culture Management Program, and MA in Curatorial Practice; the British Columbia Government House Foundation; and the National Fundraising Society (NSFRE) Vancouver Island Chapter.  She is Adjunct Professor of Art History at the University of Winnipeg, and from 1995-1997 was Adjunct Professor in the School of Public Administration at the University of Victoria. She writes and lectures widely on Western Canadian art.

The former Chair of the Board of Governors of the University of Manitoba, she has served on the Boards of the National Gallery of Canada (2005 – 2009) and the Canada Council for the Arts (1990-1993); the 1986 Withrow/Richard Federal Task Force on National and Regional Museums; the National Board for the Canadian Center for Cultural Management at the University of Waterloo (2002-2010); is a past Chair of the Board of Governors of Emily Carr University and of the Canadian Art Museum Directors Organization. She was a member of the Public Art Committee of the City of Winnipeg (2003-2007), and of the Mayor’s Task Force on Public Art to develop Winnipeg’s Public Art Policy (2002-2003). A former member of the Board of the University of Manitoba Press, she presently serves on the Eckhardt-Gramatté Foundation. She served as Board Chair of the Centre for Contemporary Canadian Art, and was a member of the Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation; the Manitoba Rhodes Scholarship and Loran Scholarship Selection committees; and the board of Manitoba Artists in Healthcare and the Manitoba Chamber Orchestra.

The recipient of the 2015 Winnipeg Arts Council Investors Making a Difference Award, Bovey’s honours include her appointment as Fellow of the UK’s Royal Society for the Arts, and as Fellow of the Canadian Museums Association; the Canada 125 Medal; the Queen’s Golden Jubilee Medal; Winnipeg’s 2002 Woman of Distinction for the Arts; the Canadian Museums Association Distinguished Service Award; the Royal Canadian Academy of Arts Medal; and the 2013 Association of Manitoba Museum’s inaugural Award of Merit.

Senator Bovey’s presentation is generously sponsored by the Department of Art History & Visual Studies and the Faculty of Fine Arts at the University of Victoria, as part of the Fine Arts Orion Lecture Series.

Closing Keynote Speaker

Karen Aird, BA, MA, Dip. Cultural Heritage Management

Of Saulteau (Treaty 8 BC) and Scottish ancestry, Karen Aird has worked as an archaeologist and Cultural Heritage Planner for the past 25 years. Karen has led many projects that convey a strong Sense of Place in landscapes and spaces, encompassing Indigenous stories, legal traditions and the intangible and tangible elements into cultural heritage planning. In 2016, Karen took on the role as the President of the national Indigenous Heritage Circle, a non-profit Indigenous led and designed, volunteer organization that is based in Ottawa and Kamloops and focuses on creating a voice for Indigenous people on all issues related to heritage. She is also a board member for ICOMOS Canada. Karen is currently the project coordinator for Tk’emlups te Secwepemc’s Cultural Heritage Study, and works as a cultural planner for the development of a cultural centre at Tse’K’wa, the Charlie Lake Cave site, located in Treaty 8 territory of BC.

In her closing keynote presentation, “Miyowihciyitowin: Moving Forward and Building Better Relationships,” Karen discusses her personal experiences as an Indigenous person working in museums and on cultural heritage issues, and her recommendations for how Indigenous communities and museums can work together as partners in areas of repatriation and reconciliation.

Karen Aird’s presentation is generously sponsored by the Cultural Resource Management Program.

To download slides from Karen Aird’s presentation, please click here.

 

Tuesday October 3

“Warming Up” Welcome Reception: 4:30 pm – 7:00 pm

Hosted by the BCMA Emerging Museum Professionals Conference Sub-Committee

Venue: The Robert Bateman Centre

Warm up to Conference with a special welcome reception at The Robert Bateman Centre overlooking Victoria’s picturesque harbour and skyline. Join other Conference delegates in a series of fun, light-hearted social and professional networking activities. Take part in the classic BCMA “Tales from the Trenches” open mic storytelling event – a must-see part of many past conferences. More details coming soon!

This reception is hosted by the Emerging Museum Professionals sub-committee, a group of professionals in the first 10 years of their career.

Registration is free for all full-conference delegates. Space is limited.

 

Wednesday October 4

Morning Plenaries and Workshops: 10:45 am – 11:45 am

Making it Right: Reconciliation Through Collaboration

Seven organizations – 6 First Nations cultural centres and 1 non-First Nations museum – will speak about collaborating on an exhibition that we collectively see as an act of reconciliation. This presentation will offer insights into this collaborative work-in-progress and discuss the ways in which we reconcile culturally different approaches to knowledge in this project. In partnership with 6 First Nations cultural centres, MOA is co-creating an exhibition that presents aspects of the work these critical cultural organizations do for their community and the larger cultural and heritage world.

Jill R. Baird, Curator of Education, UBC Museum of Anthropology
Pam Brown, Curator of Pacific Northwest, UBC Museum of Anthropology
Nika Collison, Curator, Haida Gwaii Museum
Stephanie Halapija, Director and Curator, Nisga’a Museum
Scott Marsden, Executive Director, Haida Gwaii Museum
Alison Pascal (Mixalíts̓a7), Junior Curator, Squamish Lil’wat Cultural Centre

Interventions for Change

This workshop will explore intervention strategies scaleable for museums of any size that can be used in school programs and special events to respond proactively to the wants and needs of your users.

Kim Gough, Learning Program Developer, Royal BC Museum
Chris O’Connor, Learning Program Developer, Royal BC Museum
Liz Crocker, Learning Program Developer, Royal BC Museum

Afternoon Plenaries and Workshops: 2:00 pm-3:00 pm

Changing the Climate: Indigenous Right, Land and Environment in BC and Beyond

This presentation explores the relations between exhibitions and advocacy. We will introduce how four exhibitions at MOA aimed to contribute to broader public awareness of present-day relations between Indigenous civil and political rights, global responsibilities, and debates over land issues and environmental change. Each project brought its own local or international focus to these questions, and promoted the notion that our collective well being here in BC and elsewhere is dependent on a social contract based on Indigenous self-determination.

Nuno Porto, Curator for Africa and South America, UBC Museum of Anthropology
Susan Rowley, Curator Public Archaeology/Circumpolar/Pacific Northwest, UBC Museum of Anthropology
Karen Duffek, Curator of Contemporary Visual Arts and Pacific Northwest, UBC Museum of Anthropology
Carol E. Mayer, Head of Curatorial and Interpretation, UBC Museum of Anthropology

Archives, Museums and Secondary Trauma: Understanding the Current Climate

This presentation focuses upon how the change towards a climate of compassion in collecting organizations can lead to an increase in risk for secondary traumatic stress amongst those working in the memory, heritage, and information sectors. As the LAM community moves away from being passive curators of the materials in their possession to being more active mediators and facilitators, we ask what safeguards are currently in place to protect the emotional and mental well being of those working with records, objects, and communities associated with trauma.

Katie Sloan, Project Archivist, UBC Athletics & Recreation
Jennifer Vanderfluit, Archivist
Jennifer Douglas, Assistant Professor, iSchool@UBC

Afternoon Plenaries and Workshops: 3:30 pm-4:30 pm

Voices of the Nisga’a Treaty: A Community Creation

In the summer of 2017 the Nisga’a Museum launched a multi-media, interactive community based project focused on the gathering of intangible heritage connected to the Nisga’a Treaty. This two year project and temporary exhibition entitled Voices of the Nisga’a Treaty, features upwards of 30 interviews of Nisga’a citizens integral to the negotiation and formation of the treaty, as well as Nisga’a youth and Nisga’a Lisims Government employees who work towards a future made possible by the treaty. This was ambitious community project that involved consultation and participation on many levels.

Stephanie Halapija, Director and Curator, Nisga’a Museum
Justina Moore, Administrative Assistant, Nisga’a Museum
Jolene Sampare, Museum Coordinator, Nisga’a Museum

From Audience to Community: Creating Space, Embracing Change

Community engagement is no longer a mere buzzword – it has matured as a way of doing business in the museum and cultural sector. Our understanding of it, and relationship to it has transformed the way we approach everything from programming, curation, and exhibition development. Panelists from the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria (AGGV), Jewish Museums and Archives of BC (JMABC), and the South Asian Canadian Histories Association (SACHA) will share their insights and reflections on how community engagement is the defining feature of their work.

Hanna Cho, Producer, NGX Interactive
Naveen Girn, Co-founder, South Asian Canadian Histories Association
Michael Schwartz, Director of Community Engagement, Jewish Museum and Archives of BC
Nicole Stanbridge, Curator of Engagement, Art Gallery of Greater Victoria

 

Thursday October 5

Morning Plenaries and Workshops 10:00 am – 11:00 am

Moving Forward: Changes with Indigenous Communities with the Surrey Museum

This presentation is a case study that focuses on the Surrey Museum’s experiences in rewriting Indigenous education programs to reflect recent changes in the provincial school curriculum. Attendees will discover how the rewriting process turned into a valuable learning experience in working with Indigenous partners, and attendees will benefit from the Museum’s mistakes, successes and learned best practices.

Sandra M. Borger, Education Specialist, Surrey Museum

Moving from the Inside Out: Museums and Environmental Education

Today, human impacts such as climate change, habitat degradation, and pollution are impacting biodiversity at an alarming rate. The Beaty Biodiversity Museum is a natural history museum, we serve as an indoor library of the natural world. How can we, and other indoor institutions, best use our spaces and collections to inspire people to be environmental stewards? In this session, we will share our varied approach to this challenge, how the Beaty supports visitors understand, value, and protect biodiversity in a number of ways, and the ways these can be applied in other indoor institutions.

Jackie Chambers, Education & Outreach Manager, Beaty Biodiversity Museum
Nicole Balsdon, Education & Outreach Coordinator, Beaty Biodiversity Museum
Amy Gibson, Marketing, Communications & Events Coordinator, Beaty Biodiversity Museum

Afternoon Plenaries and Workshops 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Anti-Racist and Activist Work Through Museum/Community Collaboration with the Reach Gallery and Sikh Heritage Museum/South Asian Studies Institute

This presentation will frame anti-racist work, community outreach and activist work as experienced through the partnership between a museum/art gallery and historic site that functions as an ethno-cultural museum. Kris Foulds (The Reach Gallery Museum, Abbotsford) and Sharanjit Kaur Sandhra (Sikh Heritage Museum/Centre for Indo-Canadian Studies, UFV), will share their experiences over the past six years of educational tours that have taken place in the Sikh Heritage Museum, National Historic Site, Gur Sikh Temple. The presenters will discuss their unique perspectives on their roles in counter.

Sharanjit Kaur Sandhra, Coordinator, South Asian Studies Institute, University of the Fraser Valley
Kris Foulds, Curator of Historical Collections, The Reach Gallery Museum

Language Matters

This session will use paper airplanes and creative process to involve everyone in discussing how language can be a catalyst for positive social impact in and by the GLAM sector. Babs Kelly will share how BCLTA’s 2017 Resolution on the Rights of Transgender, Gender Variant, and Two-Spirited People is shaping her work with library boards, with communications and a website design, and with strengthening partnerships and stakeholder relationships. Melissa Adams will present on the role that language (including terminology and structure, as well as the actual language used) plays in shaping the varied relationships people have to the collections held by libraries, archives and museums. Melissa will use a storytelling format to share a few of her experiences as an Indigenous person in the GLAM world, including as a subject, student and manager. Through these real world examples, the power of language will be illustrated, and tools and actions to address issues raised will be discussed. Babs will also use paper airplanes and a creative process jam to share some of the practical ways for the GLAM sector to use language in their work as a catalyst for positive social impact on the communities we serve.

Babs Kelly, Executive Director, BC Library Trustees Association
Melissa Adams, Librarian and Archivist, Union of BC Indian Chiefs

Ask the Expert – 3:15 pm – 4:45pm

Volunteer Programs: Changing for the Better

Volunteer programs can be a challenge to coordinate, especially for those of us that cannot devote all of our time to them. Volunteers are looking for more inclusive and flexible opportunities, which don’t always match our current programs. So, how do we match both of these needs? Be ready to discuss and share your own volunteer programs! Expect to go back to your workplace with new ideas and tools.

In this round table, we will discuss simple solutions like volunteer surveys, efficient interviews, revisiting training, improving manuals, creating inclusive position descriptions, and using online scheduling tools. We may also explore when it’s time to step back and overhaul.

Nicole Balsdon, Education & Outreach Coordinator, Beaty Biodiversity Museum

Planning for Change: Building Flexible Resources for Educators

Education in BC is changing – the curriculum has been redesigned and teachers are looking for resources and support in creating learner-centered projects and opportunities for their students. How do we balance the goals of the revised curriculum, provide support for educators and flexibility for learners, while still remaining committed to our mission and our collections? How can we be responsive to educators and at the same time mindful of our own staffing levels and resources?

Jackie Chambers, Education & Outreach Manager at the Beaty Biodiversity Museum will share her experience navigating this process and examples of how the Beaty is building flexible educator resources to support learning in the museum, in the classroom and online. Jackie will share some of her challenges and successes and is looking forward to discussion with others working on similar projects. The goal of this ‘show & share’ session is for all participants to come away with new ideas to try in their workplace.

Jackie Chambers, Education & Outreach Manager, Beaty Biodiversity Museum

Working with Students

Do you have troubles finding season employees? Do you wish that more young people would pursue working in the museum sector? Do you wish student employees would return for another season? UVic Co-op Coordinators are happy to connect you to students at UVic. We can help you develop attractive job postings, ask the right questions in interviews, develop hiring timelines that work for students, create engaging win-win work projects, connect with funding opportunities and more.

You can learn about: developing attractive job postings, creating workplaces and projects that engage students, funding opportunities, co-operative education and other community-engaged learning models, and working with the University of Victoria.

Helen Kobrc, Co-op Coordinator, University of Victoria
Allison Benner, Co-op Coordinator, Humanities and Fine Arts, University of Victoria

What’s Your Story? Sharing museum stories through social and traditional media

Learn how to communicate the many fascinating stories of your GLAM institution far beyond its walls. Develop relationships with members of the media and conduct media training for spokespeople. Generate memorable narratives and share them on social media. Use best practices to grow your social media presence, experiment with new trends and measure your results.

Participants will be able to learn the following: How to select the best social media platforms; How to grow a following on social media; Social media best practices; How to measure social media impact; How to pitch to traditional media; How to prepare your spokespeople; How traditional media needs are changing; How to build relationships with media; and How to put together a communications plan.

Mairin Kerr, Communications Specialist, Royal BC Museum
Erik Lambertson, Corporate Communications Manager, Royal BC Museum

The Future of Museum Standards in Canada: “Nomenclature + Online”

Efficient access to your museum’s collection depends on the use of standards for the classification and naming of museum objects.  “Nomenclature” and the “Parks Canada System” have been vitally important to Canadian museums for decades.  These two standards will soon be freely available online as a harmonized, fully bilingual standard: “Nomenclature + Online”, including the entire Nomenclature 4.0, the harmonized Parks Canada system, AND new French equivalents for all terms and definitions! Find out how your museum can benefit – and learn about our new Canadian Working Group for Nomenclature!

Heather Dunn, Heritage Information Analyst – Standards, Canadian Heritage Information Network

Too Much Stuff: Collections evaluation and de-accessioning

Is your collections storage area beyond capacity? Do you feel like you have too many items that are not relevant to your collecting mandate? Is it hard to make decisions about what you should keep, and what you should let go? You are not alone. Many museums struggle with the legacy of past collecting practices that brought in too many items, and not enough documentation. Lisa will share resources and information about how to evaluate new donation offers and existing collections to create a more relevant, focused collection. She will share tools to evaluate items for retention or disposal, and answer questions about the practical, ethical, and legal dimensions of de-accessioning.

Lisa Codd, Curator, Burnaby Village Museum

Smart Fundraising

How do you prioritize your limited time and resources to ensure you effectively raise funds? This session is designed to provide practical advice to help museum professionals in becoming more effective fundraisers, particularly those at smaller institutions with limited staff.  Sean will share a snapshot of the current state of fundraising in Canada, particularly as it relates to the heritage sector. Learn real-world strategies you can use for major gifts, grant writing, sponsorship, stewardship, and board engagement.

Sean Rodman, Principal, Philanthropy Intelligence

 

BC Heritage Emergency Response Discussion (location TBA) – 4:30 pm – 5:00 pm

In the fall of 2013, staff and interns from the Royal British Columbia Museum, the UBC Museum of Anthropology, and the Museum at Campbell River responded to a call for help from a coastal cultural centre following a fire. The experiences gained during that event led those involved to understand that BC requires an organized approach to heritage disaster response. To that end, a Museums Assistance Program grant application was submitted and subsequently funded to explore the idea and to develop a framework for a BC Heritage Emergency Response Network (BC HERN). This initiative has already begun with a proposal for the larger arts and heritage institutions to sign a Statement of Cooperation that would lead to reciprocal support in an emergency situation as well as a commitment to work together to broaden the network to include smaller institutions and centres. An emergency response workshop was held at the Royal BC Museum last fall and plans are underway to outfit at least two salvage kits that would be ready and available for the next emergency.

The BC HERN organizing group will be providing some background on the initiative and would welcome a discussion with the BCMA membership around ideas on how a viable and sustainable emergency response network might be collectively built.

Heidi Swierenga, Senior Conservator, UBC Museum of Anthropology
Kasey Lee, Senior Conservator, Royal BC Museum
Liz Czerwinski, Conservator, Burnaby Village Museum

 

 

Conference 2017 Presenters

Melissa Adams, Librarian and Archivist, Union of BC Indian Chiefs

Melissa is a member of the Nisga’a Nation from the House of Wisin Xbil’tkw of the Gisk’aast (Killerwhale) tribe. In her current role, she supports UBCIC’s work representing and advocating for Indigenous interests, rights and title. This includes managing the library collection, institutional archives, digital resources and gallery space, as well as providing reference services and training. She is also beginning to learn her language.

  • Language Matters

 

Jill R. Baird, Curator of Education, UBC Museum of Anthropology

Jill Baird, Curator of Education works in cross-cultural education through collaborative programme development. Working with cultural practitioners and artists, she has co-developed a range of museum educational resources for schools and for the general public.

  • Making it Right: Reconciliation Through Collaboration

 

 

 

Nicole Balsdon, Education & Outreach Coordinator, Beaty Biodiversity Museum

Nicole Balsdon is the Education & Outreach Coordinator at the Beaty Biodiversity Museum at UBC. Her diverse background includes managing volunteers, designing educational programs, biological studies, and volunteering with children. Nicole’s passion is creating opportunities for science education and fostering connections between scientists, research, students, and the general public. Driven by a love of science, she strives to understand museum visitor opinions and trends through visitor studies projects. Nicole holds a B.Sc. in Environmental Biology from the University of Alberta.

  • Moving From Inside Out: Museums and Environmental Education
  • Volunteer Programs: Changing for the Better

Allison Benner, Co-op Coordinator, Humanities and Fine Arts, University of Victoria

Allison Benner is the Co-op Coordinator for Humanities and Fine Arts at the University of Victoria. Prior to joining Co-op in 2015, she was a sessional lecturer and freelance writer, researcher, and curriculum developer. She draws on this background to help students to contribute their research, communication, research, marketing, and design skills in support of the vital public education and community engagement roles played by museums and heritage institutions, whether in promoting historical awareness or driving social change.

  • Working with students

 

Sandra Borger, Education Specialist, Surrey Museum

Sandra has worked in museums for the last decade and is currently the Education Specialist at the Surrey Museum. She has a Master of Arts Degree in History from Simon Fraser University with a focus in gender and oral history, and is currently finishing off her Diploma in Cultural Resource Management at the University of Victoria.

  • Moving Forward: Positive Changes with Indigenous Communities

 

 

 

Pam Brown, Curator of Pacific Northwest, UBC Museum of Anthropology

Pam Brown is of Heiltsuk and Kitasoo ancestry. She is an anthropologist and curator, Pacific Northwest at the UBC Museum of Anthropology. Her expertise includes material culture, collaborative research, community exhibitions and Aboriginal internships. Pam’s priority is to make museum resources more accessible to Aboriginal artists, Elders, youth, communities and organizations. She has been privileged to direct the Native Youth Program since 1994 and is currently a part of the Híɫzaqv Language Mobilization Partnership team at UBC working with the Heiltsuk Cultural and Education Centre.

  • Making it Right: Reconciliation Through Collaboration

Jackie Chambers, Education & Outreach Manager, Beaty Biodiversity Museum

Jackie Chambers is the Education & Outreach Manager for the Beaty Biodiversity Museum at UBC. She has worked in informal science education in museums and botanical gardens around the world. This international experience has provided her with opportunities to learn about a range of habitats and ecosystems and the opportunity to work with diverse groups of people. She enjoys learning about people and places and sharing her enthusiasm for biology, botany and the natural world. She holds a M.Sc. in Ethnobotany and a M.Ed. in Museum Education from UBC.

  • Moving From Inside Out: Museums and Environmental Education
  • Planning for Change: Building Flexible Resources for Educators

Hanna Cho, Producer, NGX Interactive

With a diverse background in cultural research, policy, and technology, Hanna’s work sits at the nexus of innovation, network culture, and engagement. As a Producer for NGX Interactive, she creates digital interactive storytelling experiences for museums, science/discovery centres, and other cultural and educational organizations. Before joining NGX Interactive, she was Curator of Engagement and Dialogue at the Museum of Vancouver (MOV), where she spearheaded numerous community collaborations, participatory urban installations, and the museum’s first Virtual Museum of Canada exhibition and augmented reality app, “The Visible City.” Her professional service includes serving on the BC Museums Association Board of Directors, where she co-chairs the Professional Development and Awards Committees.

  • From Audience to Community: Creating Space, Embracing Change

Lisa Codd, Curator, Burnaby Village Museum

Lisa Codd is a passionate advocate of the preservation and interpretation of material culture. She believes our collections should be accessible, relevant, and intentional. As Curator of the Burnaby Village Museum, she spearheaded the creation of the Heritage Burnaby website providing access to more than 90,000 City of Burnaby heritage assets, and works collaboratively with the Museum’s programming and conservation staff to create hands-on access to heritage for the over 200,000 annual visitors of the outdoor museum. Working with former Assistant Curator Tom Gooden, she developed and implemented evaluation and de-accessioning protocols that have led to better storage conditions overall, and created capacity for new collecting. Lisa is a former Vice President of the BC Museums Association, former President of the Archives Association of BC, was Managing Editor of Museums Roundup from 2009 to 2015. She is owner and principal of Shared Solutions, a consulting firm specializing in collections planning and evaluation.

  • Too Much Stuff: Collections evaluation and de-accessioning

Nika Collison, Curator, Haida Gwaii Museum

Nika Collison (Jisgung) of the Ts’aahl Eagle Clan is a singer, drummer, and weaver, and has been working in her community on Haida language, dance, and repatriation among other projects. She is the curator of the Haida Gwaii Museum, specializing in historic and contemporary Haida art and culture. Throughout her career she has had the honour of working with several institutions in the creation of major exhibitions and publications. She works on a local and global scale to build partnerships between the Haida Nation, museums/institutions, and the public.

  • Making it Right: Reconciliation Through Collaboration

Liz Crocker, Learning Program Developer, Royal BC Museum

Liz’s experience ranges from front-line interpretation, designing school and public programs and managing volunteers to interpretive planning and interpretive writing for museums, parks and historic sites. Liz has worked on several digital learning projects for the Virtual Museum of Canada and more recently, the Royal BC Museum’s Learning Portal.

  • Interventions for Change

 

 

 

Liz Czerwinski, Conservator, Burnaby Village Museum

Bio to come.

  • BC Heritage Emergency Response Discussion

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jennifer Douglas, Assistant Professor, iSchool@UBC

Jennifer Douglas is an Assistant Professor at the School of Library, Archival and Information Studies, the iSchool@UBC, where she teaches in the Master of Archival Studies program. Jennifer’s research is focused on personal archives, archival representation, and archival ethics. She is currently conducting a study on the role(s) of record making and record keeping in griefwork. Jennifer is currently the General Editor of Archivaria.

  • Archives, Museums, and Secondary Trauma: Understanding the Current Climate

 

Karen Duffek, Curator of Contemporary Visual Arts and Pacific Northwest, UBC Museum of Anthropology

Karen Duffek is the Curator of Contemporary Visual Arts and Pacific Northwest at the UBC Museum of Anthropology. She has worked with artists from across Canada and internationally on exhibitions and publications, as well as museum- and community-based collections-research projects. From Beyond History at the Vancouver Art Gallery in 1989 (co-curated with Tom Hill) to Border Zones: New Art across Cultures (MOA 2010) to Peter Morin’s Museum, curated with Peter Morin (Satellite Gallery 2011), Duffek has actively worked to question the boundary between art gallery and anthropology museum. In 2016 she worked with Tania Willard to co-curate Lawrence Paul Yuxweluptun: Unceded Territories, an exhibition that won the CMA Award for Outstanding Exhibition.

  • Changing the climate: Indigenous Rights, Land and Environment in BC and Beyond

 

Heather Dunn, Heritage Information Analyst – Standards, Canadian Heritage Information Network (CHIN)

Heather Dunn specializes in standards for the management and documentation of museum collections. After working in a wide range of museums and galleries across Canada and the UK, she completed a Masters degree in Museum Studies. She has been with the Canadian Heritage Information Network (CHIN) since 1995, and is working with CHIN and the Nomenclature Task Force to develop the new Nomenclature + Online. She has been a member of the Nomenclature Task Force since 2010, and was Co-editor of Nomenclature 4.0.

  • The Future of Museum Standards in Canada: “Nomenclature + Online”

Kris Foulds, Curator of Historical Collections, The Reach Gallery Museum

Kris Foulds has a passion for history that drew her to museum work in the mid-1980s when she started her career at the MSA Museum Society. She spent 25 years there, working with the community and learning more about Abbotsford’s unique and colourful heritage. Kris participated on the City committee to develop The Reach and its opening exhibitions; working to celebrate the community through the stories of its citizens and creative expression of its artists. She is employed as The Reach Curator of Historical Collections where she works to build a collection that is truly representative of Abbotsford: collecting the stories, objects, archival material and photographs The Reach will preserve and use to interpret community history.

  • Anti-Racist and Activist Work Through Museum/Community Collaboration

Amy Gibson, Marketing, Communications & Events Coordinator, Beaty Biodiversity Museum

Amy Gibson is the Marketing, Communications & Events Coordinator with the Beaty Biodiversity Museum at UBC. Amy has a Bachelor’s Degree in Communications and ten years of marketing experience, with the past three at UBC. Amy is responsible for all of the museum’s social media, in addition to running the museum’s special events, website, blog, promotional activities, and more. This year, she is working on implementing an integrated communication strategy with the goal of increasing engagement rates across all social media channels.

  • Moving From Inside Out: Museums and Environmental Education

Naveen Girn, Co-founder, South Asian Canadian Histories Association

Naveen Girn is a community engagement specialist and award winning curator whose practice centers on fostering intergenerational and intercultural dialogue in Metro Vancouver. Naveen has worked on exhibitions for: the Museum of Vancouver, the Surrey Art Gallery, Surrey Museum, New Westminster Museum and Archives, Centre A Asian Art Gallery, and Royal BC Museum. He was Project Manager for the multi-institutional 1914-2014: Komagata Maru: Generations, Geographies, and Echoes centennial commemoration and he curated Simon Fraser University’s definitive online exhibition for the Komagata Maru Episode. As a founder of the South Asian Canadian Histories Association, Naveen works to curate exhibitions and public programs that provide marginalized voices a space to be heard.

  • From Audience to Community: Creating Space, Embracing Change

Kim Gough, Learning Program Developer, Royal BC Museum

Kim recently earned her Master of Museum Education  at the University of British Columbia where her final research project was on outreach for seniors. Her work for the Royal BC Museum has included school programs, feature exhibitions, volunteer training, gallery interpretation and adult evening programs.

  • Interventions for Change

 

 

 

Stephanie Halapija, Director and Curator, Nisga’a Museum

Stephanie Halapija is the Director and Curator of the Nisga’a Museum, located in the Nass Valley – the proud home of the Nisga’a Nation. She is enthusiastic about the role of museums in our shifting cultural landscape and bringing awareness to the repatriation efforts of First Nations peoples. Her work with the Nisga’a Museum and Nisga’a Lisims Government directly involve further repatriation, museum operations and growing the cultural outreach of the Nisga’a Nation. Stephanie has worked with various museums in Ontario, prior to her move to B.C. in 2016, most notably in the field of curation and development. She has a B.A. in Near Eastern and Classical Archaeology and has conducted field work in the Middle East and Canada.

  • Voices of the Nisga’a Treaty: A Community Creation
  • Making it Right: Reconciliation Through Collaboration

Babs Kelly, Executive Director, BC Library Trustees Association

Babs uses a community engagement approach for supporting the development of organizations and boards and has extensive experience with designing and facilitating community forums and events, and with building strong stakeholder partnerships, communications, and engagement. She enjoys bringing people together to have conversations that matter and result in purposeful actions and desired outcomes. For her, BCLTA is the perfect place to do this work!

  • Language Matters

 

Mairin Kerr, Communications Specialist, Royal BC Museum

Mairin Kerr is a Communication Specialist at the Royal BC Museum. She is particularly passionate about the power of social media to tell museum stories. This obsession began when she completed her Masters of Museum Studies from the University of Toronto and embarked on a Graduate Internship at the J. Paul Getty Museum where she fell in love with informal education and digital media. It grew with Mairin’s work experience at the Victoria & Albert Museum in London and the Beaty Biodiversity Museum in Vancouver. Mairin is now the woman behind @royalbcmuseum and encourages people to #AMA about social media.

  • What’s your story? Sharing museum stories through social and traditional media

Helen Kobrc, Co-op Coordinator, University of Victoria

Helen Kobrc has worked with heritage and cultural organizations in various capacities during her career, including the provincial Heritage Branch and UVic’s Cultural Resource Management Programs. Currently, as a Co-op Coordinator, she supports students who are looking to develop competencies that relate to working in museums and heritage organizations.

  • Working with students

 

 

 

Erik Lambertson, Corporate Communications Manager, Royal BC Museum

Erik Lambertson joined the Royal BC Museum in 2014, after starting his professional career in journalism and working in communications for the BC Government. As the Royal BC Museum’s Corporate Communications Manager, Erik develops relationships with media worldwide, liaises with government partners, provides guidance on social media and develops internal communications tactics. Erik brings a depth of experience and sharp ambition to his role, generating memorable narratives about the Royal BC Museum, building strategic partnerships and finding creative ways to communicate the great, unsung stories of the Royal BC Museum to the rest of the world.

  • What’s your story? Sharing museum stories through social and traditional media

Kasey Lee, Senior Conservator, Royal BC Museum

Kasey Lee is the Senior Conservator at the Royal BC Museum. Prior to that she worked at the Glenbow Museum in Calgary and the Royal Saskatchewan Museum in Regina. Kasey holds a Master of Art Conservation degree from Queen’s University. Her areas of specialty are ethnographic objects conservation, preventive conservation and risk management. Kasey overseas the preventive conservation programs at the Royal BC Museum and works across departments to minimize risks to collections while ensuring they are available for exhibits, loans, events and programs.

  • BC Heritage Emergency Response Discussion

Carol E. Mayer, Head of Curatorial and Interpretation, UBC Museum of Anthropology

Dr. Carol E. Mayer is the head of the curatorial and interpretation department at the UBC Museum of Anthropology where she is responsible for the Pacific collections and has research interests in world ceramics. Her current research is concerned with the complex intersections between museum collections and different knowledge systems. Recently she has been working on the impact of uncontrolled resource extraction practices on Indigenous rights in Papua New Guinea. Her recent exhibition “In the Footprint of the Crocodile Man: Contemporary Art of the Sepik River, Papua New Guinea” introduced a global dimension to these practices.

  • Changing the climate: Indigenous Rights, Land and Environment in BC and Beyond

Scott Marsden, Executive Director, Haida Gwaii Museum

Photo to come

Scott Marsden is the Executive Director at The Haida Gwaii Museum. Previously, Scott was Curator at The Reach Gallery Museum Abbotsford from 2008 – 2013 and was Director/Curator at the Yukon Arts Centre Public Art Gallery from 2002 – 2007. Scott earned his Doctorate of Philosophy, Education Studies specialty in Art Education at the University of Victoria. Scott has a Master of Fine Arts degree from York University and is an Associate of the Ontario College of Art and Design University in Toronto.

  • Making it Right: Reconciliation Through Collaboration

Justina Moore, Administrative Assistant, Nisga’a Museum

Justina is a Nisga’a citizen, hailing from the house of Ni’isyuus of the Gisk’aast (Killer whale) tribe. Alongside her work as an administrative assistant at Hli Goothl Wilp Adokshl Nisga’a – Nisga’a Museum, Justina is an emerging museum professional and active member in the Nisga’a Nation with strong knowledge of her culture, language, and a fundamental belief in the passing down of the oral histories. She continues to take part in all cultural events in her community of Laxgalts’ap, including the Laxgalts’ap Cultural Dancers. Additionally she volunteers as a youth basketball coach, this being her favourite opportunity to tie in Nisga’a tradition with athleticism. Justina has a background in business administration and a remarkable interest in continuing studies in the museum industry, with an aspiration to become a curator.

  • Voices of the Nisga’a Treaty: A Community Creation

Chris O’Connor, Learning Program Developer, Royal BC Museum

Chris has experience in school programs, teaching curriculum-based creative movement. At the Royal BC Museum, Chris has most recently led on the Wonder Sunday family program, Spring Break Camps, and the Night at the Museum family sleepover. His particular interest is in fostering an active environment for visitors to experience the museum exhibits and collections in innovative and engaging ways.

  • Interventions for Change

 

Alison Pascal (Mixalíts̓a7), Junior Curator, Squamish Lil’wat Cultural Centre

Alison Pascal (Mixalíts̓a7) is of the Lil’wat Nation and is currently a Junior Curator at the Squamish Lil’wat Cultural Centre in Whistler. She has been in this role since 2015, previous to that she was a member of the Cultural Delivery Team (tour guide). Alison’s passion is educating and inspiring visitors to learn more about the Squamish, Lil’wat Nations and other First Nations people. Currently she is working on the ‘Spo7ez Workhouse’ exhibition that highlights the revolution of Regalia (traditional clothing) worn in the shared village of the Squamish and Lil’wat Nations, Spo7ez, located in Whistler.

  • Making it Right: Reconciliation Through Collaboration

Nuno Porto, Curator for Africa and South America, UBC Museum of Anthropology

Nuno Porto is curator for Africa and South America at the UBC Museum of Anthropology. Until to 2011, he taught at the University of Coimbra, Portugal where he developed a series of exhibitions under the notion of ‘ethnographic installation.’ At the MOA since 2012, he has focused on self-representation of African identities in contemporary Afro-Cuban art and in Kenyan popular photography. Recently, he curated Cherie Mose’s sound installation, suggesting that the status of ‘migrant’ applies both to artefacts and persons, and disrupting the visual centrality of displays. His work explores how genres create borders and attempts to, creatively, disrupt both.

  • Changing the climate: Indigenous Rights, Land and Environment in BC and Beyond

Sean Rodman, Principal, Philanthropy Intelligence

Sean Rodman has worked in the field of fundraising and development for over 20 years. He has worked with a broad range of heritage institutions, from small historical sites to large provincial museums. Currently, he is the principal of Philanthropy Intelligence, a consulting firm that helps find and secure funding for non-profits and charities in British Columbia. Sean’s educational background includes a BSc in Anthropology; a Masters in Public Administration from the University of Victoria; and a Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE) designation.

  • Smart Fundraising

Susan Rowley, Curator Public Archaeology/Circumpolar/Pacific Northwest, UBC Museum of Anthropology

Susan Rowley is an associate professor in the Department of Anthropology and a curator at the Museum of Anthropology (MOA) at the University of British Columbia.  She holds a Ph.D. in archaeology from Cambridge University. Sue has worked with Inuit elders on historical research and with Inuit youth on archaeology projects. She is currently working with First Nations communities in British Columbia. Since 2005 she has been the Museum of Anthropology?s member on the Steering Group of the Reciprocal Research Network (www.rrncommunity.org). In 2015 she was a member of the curatorial team for c̓əsnaʔəm, the city before the city and co-curated the exhibition at MOA.

  • Changing the climate: Indigenous Rights, Land and Environment in BC and Beyond

Jolene Sampare, Museum Coordinator, Nisga’a Museum

Jolene Sampare Hlway’ Ksim Gisk’aast niiy’ ii wilps Wisin Xbliltw wil witgwiy ii Laxgalts’ap will jogay’ (Jolene Sampare is Killerwhale from the house of Wisin Xbiltkw and resides in the Nisga’a community of Laxgalts’ap). Jolene has worked with the Hli Goothl Wilp Adokshl Nisga’a – Nisga’a Museum since it opened in 2011 in various departments starting as the Gift Shop Coordinator and working up to her current post as the Museum Coordinator. In spring of 2017 Jolene completed the lead role on her first exhibition at the Nisga’a Museum entitled: Harvesting Nisga’a: The Rich Cultural Identity and Survival of Nisga’a Fishing, which included a community engagement project resulting in over 1200 photos and 800 individual entries dedicated to the exhibition. She is passionate about indigenous issues, repatriation and furthering opportunities for aboriginal leaders in the Museum community. Jolene’s experiences in the museum sector drove her to enthusiastically complete her Office Administration Diploma through Nicola Valley Institute of Technology and more recently, graduate from the Cultural Resource Management Program at the University of Victoria.

  • Voices of the Nisga’a Treaty: A Community Creation

Sharanjit Kaur Sandhra, Coordinator, South Asian Studies Institute, University of the Fraser Valley

Sharanjit Kaur Sandhra has been the Coordinator at the South Asian Studies Institute at the University of the Fraser Valley for eight years. Sharn also co-curates exhibits at the Sikh Heritage Museum, located in the National Historic Site Gur Sikh Temple in Abbotsford, BC. Sharn completed her Master of Arts Degree in Asian Studies from UBC in 2008 and is currently in her third year of PhD studies in the Department of History at UBC. Sharn is interested in looking at the affective experience of early Sikh migration in 20th century British Columbia. Sharn has a great passion for activist work and engagement in the community through academia and museum exhibits.

  • Anti-Racist and Activist Work Through Museum/Community Collaboration

Michael Schwartz, Director of Community Engagement, Jewish Museum and Archives of BC

Michael Schwartz is Director of Community Engagement at the Jewish Museum and Archives of BC. Over the past four years in this role, Michael has increased the visibility of the JMABC through innovative public programming including The Chosen Food Supper Club, The Kitchen Stories podcast, seven online exhibits, and collaborations with organizations including Capture Photography Festival, the Contemporary Art Gallery, and the HUA Foundation. He holds a BA in History from Concordia University, and an MA in History from the University of Toronto. In 2017, he was recognized as one of the BCMA’s Changemakers.

  • From Audience to Community: Creating Space, Embracing Change

Katie Sloan, Project Archivist, UBC Athletics & Recreation

Katie Sloan is a recent graduate of the Dual Masters of Archival Studies and Masters of Library and Information Studies program at the University of British Columbia. In addition to her studies, Katie has also worked at several archives and museums including UBC Rare Books & Special Collections, UBC Museum of Anthropology, the Nikkei National Museum & Culture Centre, and the Jewish Museum and Archives of BC.

  • Archives, Museums, and Secondary Trauma: Understanding the Current Climate

 

 

Nicole Stanbridge, Curator of Engagement, Art Gallery of Greater Victoria

Nicole’s work focuses on bridging the curatorial and educational aims of the AGGV to deepen connections with, and be relevant to a range of communities through exhibitions, programming, and outreach. Nicole is of British and Norwegian descent and is an uninvited guest on the traditional territory of the Lekwungen peoples. She has been actively engaged in Victoria’s art community for 20 years and part of the curatorial department at the AGGV since 2005. She is currently working on a collaborative project with artist Marianne Nicolson called Wa’witlala, which is a cross-cultural, cross-disciplinary project looking at issues related to water.

  • From Audience to Community: Creating Space, Embracing Change

Heidi Swierenga, Senior Conservator, UBC Museum of Anthropology

Bio to come

  • BC Heritage Emergency Response Discussion

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jennifer Vanderfluit, Archivist

Jennifer Vanderfluit recently earned her Masters of Archival Studies and Masters of Library and Information Studies at the University of British Columbia. While completing her degrees she worked as a processing assistant in the University Archives. She previously earned degrees in history and art history-museum studies from the University of Lethbridge.

  • Archives, Museums, and Secondary Trauma: Understanding the Current Climate

 

 

UVic Legacy Gallery Curator Tour

There is Truth Here: Creativity and Resilience in Children’s Art from Indian Residential and Day Schools.

Curator Tour: October 4th, 12:30-1:30 pm
University of Victoria Legacy Gallery Downtown – 630 Yates St.

Please Note: This is an optional free event outside of regular Conference registration.

There is Truth Here brings a new line to bear on the role of art as part of children’s knowledge, identity, and experiences of Indian Residential and Day Schools. Through paintings, drawings, sewing, beading, drumming and singing, and drama produced by children and youth who attended schools in British Columbia and Manitoba, the exhibition seeks to contribute in vital and new ways to dialogues and initiatives about truth telling, reconciliation, and redress in Canada.

Join curator, Andrea Walsh as she explores the common thread of historical resilience in the creation of the artworks, and speaks to the importance of the art today in healing and resurgence.

Image credit: Osoyoos Museum Society.

 

Post-Conference Activities

Ongoing (Oct 3-8) – Optional self-directed Conference Museum and Gallery Crawl

 

9:00 am – 10:30 am – Better Together: The Potential of Partnerships.  Presented by the Coalition of Museums for Climate Justice

The Robert Bateman Centre, 470 Belleville Street

Join members of the Coalition of Museums for Climate Justice for a lively and interactive exploration of ways in which museums can join forces with others to achieve their mutual goals of animating positive responses to climate change. Hear comments by Peter Ord and Robert Bateman from The Robert Bateman Centre on how to create meaningful alliances and effective partnerships.  Ocean Networks Canada CEO Dr. Kate Moran will share her perspective on important roles for museums in science education.

This session is hosted by The Robert Bateman Centre which has generously sponsored breakfast.

 

9:00 am – 10:30 am – BC | Canada 150 Projects Meeting

Location TBA

All BC | Canada 150 grant recipients invited. Separate invitation will be emailed directly to grant recipients.

 

Welcome & Victoria Victoria Community Profile

Inner Harbour at Sunset Panoramic

Image courtesy of Tourism Victoria

Welcome to Victoria!

Located on the southern tip of Vancouver Island, Victoria is the provincial capital and a true coastal city!  The downtown core is located on the traditional lands of the Songhees and Esquimalt First Nations.

Renowned as the City of Gardens, the largest city on the island is also known for world-class cold-water diving, a mild climate, and a vast array of cultural activities.  Victoria is a major player in BC’s tourism industry, welcoming approximately 240 cruise ships and 550,000 cruise passengers from April to October.  Not to be outdone, The Butchart Gardens alone welcomes over one million visitors each year!

Victoria’s micro-climate location and mild weather means guests to the city can enjoy outdoor activities all year, from cycling the hundreds of kilometres of bike paths to bouncing across the waves on a whale watching tour.  Learn more about Victoria here.

Things to see and do:

Cultural attractions in Victoria’s downtown core include the Royal BC Museum (founded in 1886), the provincial museum and host organization for this conference, The Robert Bateman Centre, the Maritime Museum of British Columbia, and the University of Victoria Legacy Art Gallery.  Just up the road, visit the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria to see the 2nd greatest collection of Asian art in Canada, or stop by Craigdarroch Castle to see the immaculately restored 1890’s mansion built by coal baron Robert Dunsmuir.  Victoria is also home to many National Historic Sites and other cultural sites of interest.

Taking a walk around Victoria?  Stop by Fan Tan Alley, the narrowest street in Canada in the heart of the Canada’s oldest Chinatown.  Watch float planes take off and land in the Inner Harbour – yes, Victoria’s harbour is also an international airport.  Grab a bite surrounded by scenic float homes at Fisherman’s Wharf, or eat a meal at one of Victoria’s countless restaurants – Victoria is second only to San Francisco for most restaurants per capita in North America.  If you’re more interested in a liquid meal, there are dozens of bars, brewpubs, and nightclubs within walking distance of downtown.  For something quieter, sip one of the 500,000 cups of tea served annually at the Fairmont Empress.

Victoria is an internationally renowned heritage city, having been awarded the Prince of Wales Prize for its dedication to preserving the City’s heritage buildings and districts.  Take a walking tour to learn about the architecture – or the ghosts that inhabit the districts.

Want to enjoy the great outdoors?  Beacon Hill Park, a 154-acre public park donated to the city by Sir James Douglas, is located just a 15 minute walk from the Inn at Laurel Point.  In the park you will see the world’s largest totem pole, a free putting green, carefully-tended gardens, a duck pond complete with romantic stone bridge, a wild Garry Oak meadow ecosystem, and even some peacocks.  You can also walk around the Inner Harbour on the David Foster Harbour Pathway (go a bit farther and you’ll reach the Ogden Point Breakwater) or hop on a Victoria Harbour Ferry to float across the harbour or up the Gorge Waterway.