MUSE MAGAZINE •  November/December 2019

  feature Banner

Dear Muse Readers,

Rebecca MacKenzie

In this issue of Muse, we’re providing some much needed updating on the CMA’s projects and activities. With our Executive Director, Dr. Vanda Vitali, now firmly in Ottawa, things are adjusting at the CMA in general and with Muse in particular. I’m very happy to say that you’ll be hearing regularly from Vanda on issues of museology in her Museum Matters column. ... (Read more…)

Spotlight news

In the Spotlight 

News: Quebec, Manitoba, Alberta, Ontario, Newfoundland ...
(Read more...)


Museum Matters

ICOM Kyoto, 2019

Vanda Vitali, Ph.D.

(Read more...)


Radio Towers. Maritime tragedies and the outbreak of the First World War in 1914 caused the British Admiralty to erect thirteen wireless telegraph stations around the world. In the Dominion of Newfoundland, Mount Pearl was selected as one of the sites.  ... (Read more...)


CMA Reconciliation Program

Q+A with Reconciliation Museologist, SM Leduc

Announced in April of this year, the Department of Canadian Heritage provided financial support for the CMA’s Reconciliation Program to respond to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada’s 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.” ... (Read more ...)


Protecting privacy builds trust

Anne-Marie Hayden

I joined the Canadian Museums Association (CMA) in July 2019 following 18 years with the Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada (OPC). I am very pleased to have the opportunity to share some best practices in privacy protection with Muse readers, now that I have made this shift to the heritage sector. ... (Read more ...)


CMA Fellows

You may have heard the term CMA Fellow. You may know a CMA Fellow or you may have seen the annual Fellow’s Lecture at the National CMA Conference. The CMA is pleased that its Fellows will be making important contributions to Muse in upcoming issues of the magazine, producing for our readers some museologically-focused content on themes such as, for example, new practices and policies, as well as developments in museum curation and conservation. ... (Read more ...)



Pursuing Reconciliation

Em Ironstar

Over the course of the past two years, my colleagues and I at the Museums Association of Saskatchewan (MAS) have been striving to bring Truth and Reconciliation to the forefront of discussions with the Saskatchewan museum community. Through the process we have learned that the truth isn’t always easy, but it is critical in bringing about meaningful change and honest discussions about what Truth and Reconciliation means in our museums. ... (Read more ...)


The Cost of Life

Nick de Pencier on Anthropocene

Lea Batara

Anthropocene is a project that’s no stranger to award wins, with the 2019 CMA Award for research in art being its most recent addition. Nicholas de Pencier, one half of the group Mercury Films, speaks out about his role in this project and the collaborative efforts to realize it. De Pencier and filmmaking partner Jennifer Baichwal, along with Canadian photographer Edward Burtynsky directed the eponymous documentary that captures the harrowingly beautiful self-destruction of our planet. ... (Read more ...)