CMA hires Reconciliation Program Director

In response to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s Call to Action #67, the CMA is working closely with its Reconciliation Council and other stakeholders across the country to survey and collect feedback, identify key issues, and ultimately produce and disseminate a report with clear recommendations for the inclusion and representation of Indigenous communities within museums and cultural centres.

To bolster this important work, we have created a director position at the CMA and initiated a staffing process to fill the role. We received and assessed a number of applications, and we are now pleased to announce the appointment of Ms. Barbara Filion.

Ms. Filion carries with her extensive and diverse knowledge and experience in the museum sector and Indigenous issues, both in Canada and abroad. Of Innu heritage, Ms. Filion is Canadian and fluently bilingual. She offered these comments about her upcoming work:

“I step into this role with honor, humility, and enthusiasm. I’m honored to have been entrusted with such an important task, humbled by the scope, scale, and aspiration of the project, and inspired and enthused by the meaningful impact this initiative can have for Indigenous communities, museums, and Canadian society as a whole. Museums have a crucial role in reconciliation through their ability to bring diverse communities together, give rise to new ideas and ways of thinking that help us better understand our shared and often difficult history, and deal with issues facing society today and tomorrow.”

Our thanks to our selection committee for their efforts; the group was comprised of Council member Marie-Paule Robitaille, CMA Fellow Benoît Légaré and CMA Deputy Director Anne-Marie Hayden. M

Financial support for the CMA’s Reconciliation Program is provided by the Department of Canadian Heritage.