Association of Manitoba Museums

Annual Conference

Conference 2022

The Association of Manitoba Museums is pleased to announce that
it will be holding an in-person conference this year!

This one-day, in-person conference will be held on Friday, October 21 at the brand new
Royal Aviation Museum of Western Canada
A virtual option will also be available via Zoom.


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2022 marks the AMM's 50th Anniversary of serving museums in Manitoba. In honour of this milestone we are proud to announce that Senator Pat Bovey will be our Keynote Speaker.

The theme of this year's conference is
Pivoting to New Perspectives.

Since museums first began as private collections of acquired curiosities, they have presented one voice - one point of view. We now recognize that there are voices that haven't been heard that need to be heard in order to honestly present our shared history.

Conferences are an excellent opportunity to learn, share, and get to know museum and heritage professionals from around the province. There are approximately 200 museums in the province and many share the same concerns and visions for the future. Getting together like this promotes working together toward our common goals and aspirations.

After a day's worth of sessions, we will hold a closing reception as a chance to chat more with colleagues and presenters; including Senator Pat Bovey. If you can't make it in-person to the conference, consider registering for the closing reception. A great way to end the work day.


Registrations are available online via TobaTickets.

Registration deadline is Friday, October 14, 2022

The Canadian Museums Association has bursaries available to attend conferences. Apply NOW if you'd like to defray some of the costs of travel, etc.

If you need to pay by cheque or require an invoice (provide PO# if required), please fill out a Registration form for submission.

Please indicate if more than one person from your museum is registering for the full Conference program as a 10% rebate will be awarded to museums with multiple registrations after the conference.

View our current Conference agenda.


Speakers and Presentations for AMM Conference 2022
(subject to change)

Senator Pat Bovey will be our Keynote speaker

Sandra Klowak, Seven Oaks House and Ross House museums (Winnipeg)
Beyond four walls: A look at how Seven Oaks house and Ross house are working to expand their interpretation from a "house" museum to a more inclusive community museum.

Gilies Messier, Royal Aviation Museum of Western Canada (Winnipeg)
As Above, So Below: What Indigenous mapping can teach us about effective communication

Julie Chapko, Royal Aviation Museum of Western Canada (Winnipeg)
Changing the Experience: How the Royal Aviation Museum is pivoting the perspective when it comes to the museum experience. What changes have we made to stand apart? How will we continue to pave a new museum experience for all visitors?

Dale Watts / Ervin Gerbrandt, 38 Service Battalion Combat Services Museum (Winnipeg)
Honouring Indigenous Veterans: most indigenous veterans were not particularly well treated upon their return to Canada, nor were they recognized for their contributions as broadly as they should have been.

Terry Slobodian, Royal Aviation Museum of Western Canada (Winnipeg)
Case Study: Creating a new museum Terry has just returned from presenting this topic at the International Associate Transport and Communications Museums conference in Prague.

Caroline Lowen / Lauren Wheeler, Alberta Museum Association (AB)
Reconsidering Museums - Advocacy Tool Kit. This initiative is a provincial and territorial museums associations of Canada partnership.

Stephanie Danyluk / Rebecca MacKenzie, Canadian Museums Association (ON)
CMA Response to Call to action UNDRIP and Reconciliation Toolkit development for small museums

Heather Beerling / Amanda McLeod / Heather Bidzinski / additional panelists to be confirmed (various)
Panel Discussion: Dealing with the Spiritual and Cultural Needs of Artifacts

Nicole Fletcher, Winnipeg Art Gallery (Winnipeg)
Visible Vault: Qaumajuq, the Inuit Art Centre at the Winnipeg Art Gallery. Collections storage has been evolving in recent years as museums rethink their holdings through the lenses of decolonization and community accessibility.

There will also be short presentations by our industry sponsors including:
•    CanTalk - language and translation specialists
•    Driftscape - multilingual support
•    Endow Manitoba & The Winnipeg Foundation
•    On This Spot
•    Travel Manitoba
•    Westbow Systems   

Here are brief bios on our speakers.

We hope to see you there! We've really missed you.

Grants/Bursaries Available

The Winnipeg Foundation (limited to people living in Winnipeg) and the Canadian Museums Association offer grants/bursaries to attend conferences and courses. Applications need to be made 4 to 6 weeks in advance.

Sponsorship opportunities and the Tradeshow

For information on how your business or organization can participate in this year's conference and help make it another big success.

The Association of Manitoba Museums acknowledges that we are on Treaty 1 territory and the land on which we gather is the traditional territory of Anishinaabe, Cree, Oji-Cree, Dakota, and Dene Peoples, and the homeland of the Métis Nation.