MUSE MAGAZINE • January/February 2018

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Nika Collison

Jisgang Nika Collison is a strong advocate for pursuing reconciliation between Indigenous Nations and Canada. Serving as curator of the Haida Gwaii Museum at Kay Llnagaay* since 2000, she has recently taken on the position of acting director. ...

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In the Spotlight 

News: Ontario, Montreal, Nova Scotia ... (Read More...)


Impact of YCWBCH on institutions and graduates across Canada, 2016. (Read More...)

This one-of-a-kind diorama was used to create the cover art for k.d. lang’s 1987 album, Angel With a Lariat. Using a technique called forced perspective, this colourful box superimposes layered cut-outs and paraphernalia to create ...

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Memory, Progress, Power and Social Change at a Community Museum

Preconceived notions as to what constitutes a “community museum” exist. A notion that stereotypes “these types” of museums as being capable of only achieving a certain level of greatness, and in doing so those high levels of exhibit and collection achievement are reserved solely for the national museums. Like younger siblings, the community ... (Read More ...)


I Am Not A Social Media Guru

Ryan Dodge

I am not a social media guru. Imagine if you introduced a curatorial colleague as the decorative arts ninja? Or the fossil maven? What about the renaissance sculpture wizard? Sounds ridiculous right? ... (Read More ...)


Political Without Being Partisan

Alli Hartley-Kong

On Feb. 17, 2017, over 350 cultural organizations from around the world —  museums, libraries, archives, science centers and educational groups — asserted their role as champions of knowledge and facts to share thousands of posts on social media using the hashtag #DayofFacts. ... (Read More ...)


Capturing the Capital in 2017

Throughout 2017, the Council of Heritage Organizations in Ottawa invited people to take part in our Ottawa 150 — Capital Time Capture photographic initiative to capture life throughout Ottawa during Canada’s Sesquicentennial year. Selected photographs will remain in the City of Ottawa Archives’ permanent collection and be featured on a special virtual exhibit on the Council’s Ottawagraphy website. ... (Read more ...)


Taking a Stand
The Montreal Holocaust Museum

Audrey Licop and Sarah Fogg

In 2012, the Montreal Holocaust Museum adopted a policy on its public positions. This article examines the origins of the policy, as well as the Museum’s successes and challenges in taking a stand on issues of concern to Canadian citizens.
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Next Generation

The substantial increase of funding for the Young Canada Works at Building Careers in Heritage (YCWBCH) programme by the Department of Canadian Heritage in 2017, allowed the Canadian Museums Association to fund more than a hundred new internships in Canada. Since 1996, the YCW programme successfully promotes Canadian heritage and the careers of Canadian youth who wish to work in museums and heritage organisations. ... (Read more ...)