Canadian Museums Day 2009

On September 29, 2009 the CMA, in partnership with the Canadian Art Museums Directors' Association (CAMDO) held the first ever Canadian Museums Day on Parliament Hill. Over 50 museum professionals from across Canada met with members of Parliament and senators to make the case that Canada's museums require more substantial and stable federal support. The day culminated in a beautiful reception hosted by the Honourable Noël A. Kinsella, Speaker of the Senate.

Download the Canadian Museums Day fact sheet

"Recent research by psychologists suggests that when we lose our memory, we lose our sense of self. We literally are our memories. I think this could be said as well of Canadian museums. Canadians value museums because we are the keepers of the larger past we have inherited or adopted. Our collections embody the memories out of which our sense of who we are as Canadians is formed.” Diana Nemiroff, director of Carleton University's Art Gallery, Ottawa

"It was heartening to know that support from Museums was unanimous from the MPs I spoke with during the day.  They seemed to genuinely care about our fate.  That said, I know we have a long way to go but I think it is a great first step and one we need to follow up on regularly.  It has become very apparent, particularly given what h as happened in BC recently, that the only way to make any progress with support and funding at all levels of government is to politicize our advocacy and to get the support of our audiences and members in our fight.” Nancy Noble, CEO, Vancouver Museum

For more pictures of the event, check out our Flickr gallery.