Sunday, October 21 | 9:00am-4pm

This fall, museum professionals from throughout the province will assemble on the traditional territory of the Syilx/Okanagan peoples for the annual BC Museum Association Conference. The theme for this year’s gathering is Innovation and Technology: Keeping Pace with Acceleration. A pre-conference offering will shift the focus to help address requests from the community for an Indigenous Cultural Competency Training session.  Our aim is to help sector professionals develop, enhance and stimulate relationships with local First Nations communities by providing a robust and meaningful dialogue showcasing best practices and insight into some of BC’s most creative and respectful collaborations.  We have recognized the need for such a session and hope to provide tangible take a-ways to support and facilitate these important conversations.

The Pre-Conference Workshop is in addition to the regular Conference 2018 program.  Registration is $150 for BCMA Members and $250 for non members.  Join us as a member and register for BCMA 2018 today!

Please note: The pre-conference workshop is sold-out. Please visit our registration page if you would like to be added to the waiting list. A number of spots are being held for recipients of the Indigenous Cultural Competencies Training Bursary. Successful applicants will be notified soon.

Pre-Reading Materials

Pre-reading materials are available for the Indigenous Cultural Acumen Training portion of the workshop that will be presented by Dr. Rob Hancock. Please ensure you read these materials in advance of the workshop.


The Indigenous Cultural Competencies Pre-Conference Workshop will be hosted by Dan Smith, Co-Chair of the Indigenous Advisory Committee, and Angela Marston, Arts Program Associate, First Peoples’ Cultural Council

The pre-conference workshop program will be as follows (times are approximate and subject to change):

9:00am – Welcome and Opening Remarks

9:15am – Reconciliation

  • Chief Robert Joseph, Ambassador of Reconciliation Canada

9:45am – Creative Programming – Language and Learning

  • Angela Marston, Arts Program Associate, First Peoples’ Cultural Council

10:15am – Indigenous Cultural Acumen Training

  • Dr. Rob Hancock, Office of Indigenous Academic and Community Engagement, University of Victoria

The Indigenous Cultural Acumen Training (ICAT) was developed by the University of Victoria in response to the Call to Action from the Truth and Reconciliation Commission Final Report and University Canada’s Principles on Indigenous Education.  This interactive workshop offers foundational information about the colonial context (historical and current) of Indigenous people in Canada. It will be delivered as a 90-minute, face-to-face presentation and discussion complemented by pre- and post-workshop resources and activities designed to build the cultural competency of participants.

Generously sponsored by the University of Victoria’s Cultural Resource Management Program

12:00pm – Lunch (Grab & Go boxes available, enjoy a lakeside walk)

1:00pm – Authentic Indigenous Tourism – Endless Possibilities

  • Paula Amos, Director of Partnerships, Indigenous Tourism BC

1:30pm – Heritage Branch Initiatives

  • Ursula Pfahler, Senior Heritage Planner, Heritage Branch, Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development

2:00pm – GLAM Sector Showcase

  • Jordon Coble, Cultural and Operations Administrator, Sncəwips Heritage Museum
  • Wendy Wright, Smithers Public Library
  • Elizabeth Shaffer, Indian Residential School History and Dialogue Centre
  • Genevieve Weber, Archivist, Royal BC Museum and BC Archives
  • Raymond Frogner, Head of Archives, National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation, University of Manitoba

3:45pm – Closing Remarks

  • Dan Smith, Co-Chair of the Indigenous Advisory Committee