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CMA Funding to Support Reconciliation Program

Canadian Museums Association Receives Government Funding for National Review of Museum Policies to Support Reconciliation Program

Ottawa, April 16, 2019 — Karen Bachmann, president of the Canadian Museums Association (CMA) is pleased to announce the support of Canadian Heritage – through the Museums Assistance Program (MAP) – for the CMA Reconciliation Program.

The project has its roots in the Truth and Reconciliation Call to Action 67: “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 People and to make recommendations” (TRC page 252).

“We thank Minister Rodriguez and the Government of Canada for their vote of confidence and on-going support. These funds 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 Bachmann.

“In 2015 the Canadian Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC), in line with the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP) , brought forward the important role that cultural and heritage institutions have to play in the reconciliation process and names museums and museum associations as essential agents of change”, says key proposal contributor, Dr. Sarah Pashagumskum. Dr. Pashagumskum is a member of the CMA Reconciliation Program Council, CMA Board Member and CEO of Aanischaaukamikw, the regional Cree Cultural Institute in northern Quebec.

“In our interconnected world, museums have become ever more essential to the preservation of cultural diversity and appreciation”, says Dr. Vanda Vitali, recently appointed Executive Director of the CMA. “I look forward to working with the CMA Reconciliation Council as they embark on this ambitious, comprehensive and inclusive process.”

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Register Now for the 3rd Glam Summit


The Ottawa Declaration Working Group, Library and Archives Canada, the Canadian Museums Association, and Bibliothèque et Archives nationales du Québec invite you to “Taking It to the People: 2019 Summit on the Value of Galleries, Libraries, Archives and Museums.”

Taking It to the People: 2019 Summit on the Value of Galleries, Libraries, Archives and Museums.

Language: Bilingual with simultaneous translation
Date: Monday, May 13, 2019
Time: 8:15 am to 5:15 pm
Location: The Grande Bibliothèque
Address: 475 Boulevard De Maisonneuve East, Montréal
Admission: Free


This year, discussions will be the cornerstone of an interactive day that will build on the conclusions of previous summits. Speakers include Nathalie Bondil, Director General and Chief Curator of the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, and Charles Eckman, Dean of Libraries at the University of Miami.

Discussions will focus on the value of galleries, libraries, archives and museums (GLAMs), and the ways that technology can be used to build user interest. These discussions will provide a forum to initiate new partnerships between memory institutions, as well as beyond these organizations.

The Summit will include three expert panels examining specific issues: (1) Quebec’s diverse collaboration models; (2) the ways that memory institutions can renew their relations with Indigenous peoples to preserve, make accessible, and value Indigenous heritage and cultures; and (3) collaborations between memory institutions and companies in the technological world to improve user experiences and encourage innovation.

Participants will also have the opportunity to discuss the preliminary findings of a study on the value of GLAMs currently being conducted by Oxford Economics for the Canadian Museums Association and the Ottawa Declaration Working Group.

A detailed program will be available a few weeks before the event. Stay tuned.

Please share information about the Summit with your professional network.

There is no registration fee for this event. However, since space is limited, we ask that you register by Friday, April 26, 2019. Registrations will be accepted on a first‑come basis. For more information about this event, email

The Summit will also be rebroadcast through webcast. Please follow the conversations on Twitter using the hashtag #GLAM2019.

We are looking forward to having you join us in May.

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Prime Minister Trudeau visits Pickering Public Library Maker Space

The Right Honourable Justin P. J. Trudeau, Prime Minister of Canada Visits the Pickering Public Library Maker Space

PICKERING, ON (March 26, 2019): We are honoured to announce the opportunity to provide the Right Honourable Justin P. J. Trudeau, Prime Minister of Canada, a brief tour of our Maker Space on March 27, 2019 from 11:15 am to 12:00 pm.

The Prime Minister will be joined by Member of Parliament for Pickering – Uxbridge, Jennifer O’Connell and Mayor of Pickering, Dave Ryan. The tour will be hosted by the Library’s CEO, Tanya Sinclair. The Prime Minister will meet with clients who have utilized the Library’s Maker Space with a great deal of success as well as local students. He will enjoy a tour of the Maker Space technologies available to the community at little to no cost featuring a large format printer, a maker lab (fab lab) which includes several 3D printers, a carving machine, a vinyl cutter and heat press as well as the soundproof recording studio and more.

While this tour will be closed to the public, the media are welcome to attend for photo opportunities. Please be available no later than 10:45 am.

Media Contacts:
Tanya Sinclair
CEO, Chief Engagement Officer
Pickering Public Library


One eRead Canada | Un livrel Canada

One eRead Canada / Un livrel Canada: Call for participation

Register by May 8, 2019

One eReadThanks to the enthusiastic participation of many public libraries across the country, CULC/CBUC is happy to share that the eContentForLibraries campaign had a substantial impact. We are preparing a report on the results of the campaign, and look forward to sharing that in the next few weeks.

Building on the momentum of the campaign, the CULC/CBUC eContent Working Group is creating an opportunity for libraries to participate in a Canada-wide digital reading event: One eRead Canada/Un livrel Canada. The intention is that this will be the inaugural program, but that the program will be ongoing and will include French language books as well. In addition to promoting a wonderful book by an Indigenous woman, published by an independent Canadian publisher, the data gathered will help Canadian libraries demonstrate that libraries lending ebooks is a good thing for the publishing industry.

Detailed information, including how your library can sign up to participate, is available here. We hope you will join us in demonstrating the worth of digital collections in Canadian libraries.

THE BOOK: The selection for our inaugural program is Glass Beads by Dawn Dumont, published by Thistledown Press.


One eRead Canada / Un livrel Canada : appel à participation

S'inscrire avant le 8 mai 2019

Grâce à la participation enthousiaste de nombreuses bibliothèques publiques de partout au pays, le CULC/CBUC est heureux de vous annoncer que la campagne #NumériquePourLesBiblios a eu des répercussions considérables. Nous préparons un rapport sur les résultats de cette campagne, que nous espérons pouvoir rendre public dans les semaines qui viennent.

Sur la lancée de cette campagne réussie, le groupe de travail sur les contenus numériques du CULC/CBUC offre aux bibliothèques la possibilité de participer à un événement pancanadien de lecture d’ouvrages en format numérique : One eRead Canada/Un livrel Canada. Nous espérons que cette première édition du programme se pérennisera et intégrera des ouvrages en français. En plus de promouvoir un livre magnifique d’une femme autochtone, publié par un éditeur canadien indépendant, les données collectées aideront les bibliothèques canadiennes à prouver que le prêt de livres numériques est favorable à l’industrie de l’édition.

On peut obtenir plus de détails à ce sujet, notamment sur la manière d’inscrire votre bibliothèque, à l’adresse ici. Nous espérons que vous serez des nôtres pour démontrer la valeur des collections numériques dans les bibliothèques canadiennes.

LE LIVRE : Notre sélection pour ce programme inaugural s’est arrêtée sur Glass Beads de Dawn Dumont, un ouvrage publié par Thistledown Press.



Milton Public Library & Chief Librarian Awarded John Iliff Award for Innovation

Friday March 15th, the American Public Library Association announced the winners of its 2019 awards and grants, honouring the best in public library service, innovation and outreach. Mark Williams, Chief Librarian and Milton Public Library were awarded the 2019 John Iliff Award for Innovation for the development and success of the Quest Milton app.

Launched in February 2018 and the brainchild of MPL’s Chief Librarian, the gaming app is the first of its kind for a Canadian Public Library. The development of the app was completely funded through a provincial grant from the Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport and uses gaming technologies to engage new users in connecting with MPL and its partners.

“The committee was impressed with not just the app itself but what you were able to do in bringing together a wide array of partners and creating something that is fun and also helps people get to know the community and library better. The app would be impressive coming from a library of any size and knowing that you pulled it together with a smaller budget and resources makes it all the better,” stated the John Iliff Award Jury Chair.

The award is granted annually to only one public library across North America and MPL’s win will mark the second time in its history that a Canadian Library has received the award.

To say we are delighted with the announcement that we are the recipients of this year’s John Ilff award for innovation would be an understatement, particularly as only one public library, per year, is selected as the recipient. Our selection by the Public Library arm of the American Library Association re-affirms Milton Public Library’s commitment to the provision of customer service excellence, in this instance applying the best uses of technology. We really are thrilled,” shares Mark Williams, Chief Librarian.

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