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Sustainable Transportation in Canadian Museums

This article was released in the ICOM Canada April 2020 e-newsletter on Sustainable Development. See more articles from this issue here. ICOM Canada asked museum professionals from across Canada to share what they are doing to make travel and transport more sustainable. Check out the answers below from Peter Ord (The Bateman Foundation and Gallery of Nature) and Katelyn Roughley (Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame). Peter Ord, Executive Director, The Bateman Foundation and Gallery of Nature (Victoria, BC): The Bateman Foundation's has made a conscious decision to use video conferencing as the primary tool for communications planning, instead of travelling either locally or out of town. The foundation runs programs across seven cities in Canada, including Tuktoyaktuk in the Arctic. Managing our network of coordinators through online platforms like Zoom or WhatsApp not only saves as time and money, but also meets our sustainability focus. Katelyn Roughley, Manager, Education and [...]

Carbon Literacy Program at Manchester Museum

This article was released in the ICOM Canada April 2020 e-newsletter on Sustainable Development. See more articles from this issue here. Lynsey Jones (Museum Development North West (UK)) Museum Development North West (MDNW) is based in Manchester and funded by Arts Council England (ACE) to support 150 Accredited museums in North West England. MDNW has always had a Green Museums strand in its programme, believing that sustainability is about the triple bottom line of environmental, economic and social justice. In 2016 we started working with the Carbon Literacy Project. This originated as part of Manchester City Council’s strategy to create a zero-carbon city by 2038. The original aim was to give every person who works, lives or studies in Manchester (approximately one million people) a day’s worth of Carbon Literacy training but the climate emergency has vastly expanded the remit of the project. MDNW has been taking the lead on [...]

COVID-19 Resources for Canadian Museums

The Canadian museum sector has been significantly impacted by the global rise of novel coronavirus and the resulting COVID-19 pandemic. Most Canadian museums are now closed and located in communities where increasingly serious social/physical distancing and isolation/quarantine measures are required. In these uncertain times, ICOM, the Canadian Museums Association, and the provincial and territorial museums associations are sharing valuable resources and communications in response to COVID-19. ICOM Canada has compiled links to those associations' resource pages where available, which can be accessed below. If you have resources you want to share or wish to let ICOM Canada know about how your museum is responding to this challenge, please email us at Le secteur canadien des musées a été considérablement touché par l'essor mondial du nouveau coronavirus et la pandémie de COVID-19 qui en résulte. La plupart des musées canadiens sont maintenant fermés et situés dans des collectivités où des [...]

Notice of ICOM Canada 2020 AGM

Due to the ongoing impact of the global novel coronavirus and COVID-19 pandemic, the ICOM Canada Annual General Meeting will be rescheduled. The meeting was originally scheduled for Wednesday, April 15, 2020 in Montreal as part of the Canadian Museums Association annual conference. ICOM Canada will share information about the rescheduled meeting when it becomes available. We thank you for your ongoing patience and understanding. In the meantime, please review the ICOM Canada 2020 Call for Nominations to the Board below and consider submitting your name for consideration. All other AGM materials will be available here soon. AGM Documents: 2020 Call for Nominations to the ICOM Canada Board

ICOFOM Annual Symposium Call for Papers – Montreal-Ottawa 2020

ICOM Canada is pleased to share the Call for Papers for the 43rd Annual ICOFOM Symposium. The Symposium was scheduled to be held in Montreal and Ottawa from September 28 - October 2, 2020, however this has been postponed. The call for papers (below) will continue with an extended date of May 31. The conference will now take place March 15-21, 2021. The theme for the Symposium is "The decolonization of museology: museums, mixing and myths of origin." Please click here for the full ICOFOM Symposium Call for Papers document. Proposals must be submitted by May 31, 2020 (the call for submissions was extended from the original March 31 deadline). The proposals will have to integrate one of the proposed axes of analysis. They should follow the formatting rules of ICOFOM and be written in one of the three languages of ICOM (English, French, Spanish). ICOFOM is the ICOM International [...]

City Museums: Reflections on a Missing Definition

ICOM Canada wishes to share with our members an article on City Museums by Francesca Lanz, Department of Architecture and Urban Studies, Politecnico di Milano. The article reflects on city museum concepts and definitions that might be useful in an operative way. The article was originally published in the September 2019 CAMOC Museums of Cities Review and is available here (English only). Please learn more by visiting

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