Advocating for Canada's Museums
As the 2019 federal election approaches, the Alberta Museums
Association (AMA) has joined with national, provincial, and
territorial museums associations to work together on advocacy
efforts in support of our members and the museum community as a
In early October, we sent joint letters to the federal political
party leaders, highlighting the importance of investing in museums
and seeking the parties' positions on critical questions for the
museum sector. Click the links below to read our joint letters and
While we urge you to read the party platforms in full,
some examples of commitments that have been made in party platforms
regarding museums and cultural heritage are available here.
Critical Questions for the Museum Sector
In our open letters to party leaders, we asked:
- What are your views on the importance and role of museums?
- If elected, how will you respond to the key recommendations
noted in our news release and infographic, in particular, the
critical need to review and modernize the National Museum Policy
and the need for simplification of funding processes?
How to Get Involved
When meeting your candidates, ask for their party's commitments
- Establish a new National Museum Policy to
better serve Canadians and their museums. (The current policy was
established in 1972 and was last revised in 1990.)
- Revise federal programs for museums to ensure
a sustainable funding system that is accessible to Canadian museums
large and small.
Join our advocacy and awareness efforts:
- Ask your candidates how they will support Canada's museums
locally and nationally
- Reach out to your local elected officials at all levels of
government and ask them to prioritize the museum sector
- Share our Museums Matter infographic (PDF and JPG) with your candidates and elected officials
on social media and let them know how #MuseumsDoMore
- Invite your colleagues, friends, and family to share their
stories of the importance of museums in our communities
Vote in the upcoming election:
Election Day is Monday, October 21, and Advance
Polls are October 11 - 14. Voting information can
be found at www.elections.ca/.
We hope you will join us in our advocacy efforts by reminding
your candidates and elected officials of the vital role of museums
as leading contributors to the social, cultural, and educational
fabric of Alberta and Canada. The museum sector benefits with broad
public engagement, and when we speak with one voice, we are
stronger as a community!