We call upon the federal government to provide funding to the Canadian Museums Association to undertake, in collaboration with Aboriginal peoples, a national review of museum policies and best practices to determine the level of compliance with the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples and to make recommendations.

Indigenous Watchdog Status Update

Current StatusAug. 17, 2020IN PROGRESS
Previous StatusJune 15, 2020IN PROGRESS

Why “In Progress”?

On April 16, 2019, the federal government committed $680,948 to fund the CMA Reconciliation Project to support a national review of museum policies, in collaboration with Indigenous peoples, which will look the best ways to determine their level of compliance with the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples and to make recommendations. The CMA will receive $351,508 to lead the professional development and sharing of best practices across Canada. These activities will include workshops, online learning modules, a national museum-worker bursary program, Muse Magazine, online bi-weekly newsletters, and museology reports.

Timeline  for National Review of Museum Policies and Best Practices

July 23, 2019Appointment of Reconciliation Museologist
Ms. SM Leduc has been appointed to oversee the development of a toolkit and final report that will address the TRC Call to Action #67. Her work will involve surveying and collecting feedback, identifying key issues, and producing clear and realistic recommendations to the museum community for the inclusion and representation of Indigenous communities within museums and cultural centres.

April 16, 2019 – National Review of Museum Policies
Canadian Museums Association (CMA) is pleased to announce the support of Canadian Heritage – through the Museums Assistance Program (MAP) – for the CMA Reconciliation Program. These funds ($680,000) will assist the CMA and its members to work in collaboration with Indigenous peoples for a national review of museum policies and best practices. This critical work will inspire the development of key recommendations as we move forward,” says Karen Bachmann, president of the Canadian Museums Association (CMA)

May 1, 2018 – CMA Working Group to respond to C2A # 67
At the annual Canadian Museums Association (CMA) conference in Vancouver, fifteen representatives of Canada’s museums and indigenous cultural institutes met to discuss a path forward to guide the CMA in responding to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s (TRC) Call to Action # 67. The goal is to research and review all aspects of museum work — from reconciliation, repatriation, representation, voice, artists’ rights, ways of knowing, participation, to funding, staffing, governance, and more — in an effort to support museums and cultural centres in seeking positive change and growth with respect to indigenous perspectives and practices.

April 11, 2018 – CMA commitment to Inclusion and Diversity

The CMA recognizes its responsibility to respect the dignity of its members and those it serves in museums, and cultural institutions and their audiences regardless of race, creed, nationality, ancestry, language, religion, age, colour, geography, socio-economic status, disability, family status, social condition, gender identity or expression, sex, sexual orientation, political or religious belief.

Official Federal Government Response: Sept. 5, 2019

Canadian Heritage is working with the Canadian Museums Association to support the implementation of Call to Action 67. In fiscal year 2017 to 2018, Canadian Heritage funding was provided to the Canadian Museums Association to establish a framework and plan for undertaking a national review.

An overall plan and budget was endorsed in 2018. In addition, a funding agreement was finalized to enable the implementation of the plan and a funding announcement was made on April 16, 2019.

Moving forward, the Council and regional partners will undertake roundtables, surveys, research and literature reviews to develop a comprehensive report identifying current policies, best practices and gaps, followed by clear recommendations and a communications toolkit.