Reconciliation Museologist [Ottawa]

Reconciliation Museologist - CMA Reconciliation Programme



Job Title:


Reconciliation Museologist - CMA Reconciliation Programme




Canadian Museums Association


Job Type:

Contract for the period from July 2019 to the June 2021


Language Required:


Fluent in French and English




Ottawa, ON


Application Deadline:




Job Start Date:

July 2019


Date Posted:






Web Link to Institution:




$75,000 to $95,000 per year


Job Description:


Reconciliation Museologist

CMA’s Reconciliation Programme

About the CMA
The Canadian Museums Association (CMA) is the national organization for the advancement of the Canadian museums sector, representing museum professionals both within Canada and internationally.

Job Description
In 2015, the Canadian Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) released its report, with 94 calls to Action to redress the legacy of residential schools and advance the process of reconciliation. The report brought forward the important role that cultural institutions have to play in the reconciliation process. The Council’s objective is to focus on Call to Action #67 which is “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 Peoples” and to produce clear and realistic recommendations to be implemented with Canada’s heritage sector. Through a survey and consultations, key issues will be identified and resolved allowing the preparation of a final report and recommendations, and ultimately the development of a tool kit which will assist with the implementation of the recommendations.
The Reconciliation Museologist will manage all aspects of the project.

Reports to CMA Chief Operating Officer


Manage all aspects of the indigenous project, including, but not limited to:

• To act as the national coordinator for all aspects of the project, including research, travel, preparation of materials for meetings and for public distribution, as well as the final report and video applications.
• Provide information to and liaise with all stakeholders, including both internal and external, including speaking engagements and media as required.
• Supervise possible additional staff and consultants
• Liaise and coordinate the program to ensure the input of all stakeholders is considered throughout the project
• Travel within Canada as required to fulfill the requirements of the project
• Survey the best museum practices across Canada and prepare a report on them
• Develop a tool kit for the use of museums and indigenous heritage centers, based on the best museum practices, outlining the approach, its critical path and the approach for testing the tool kit
• Consult with subject matter specialists as required
• Assure the acceptance of the tool kit by indigenous communities across Canada
• Prepare the final report on the project
• Prepare reports, as required to the CMA Executive Director, the Board and the Reconciliation Council if needed


• Excellent communications, interpersonal skills and writing skills
• Ability to work with indigenous communities and museums across the country
• Excellent knowledge of and broad experience with indigenous issues pertaining to museums, indigenous cultures and their heritage centers
• Awareness of museum functions and museological trends
• Project management experience, including monitoring the budget
• Tactical, efficient, politically astute, resourceful, practical
• Fluent in French and English

Preference will be given to a qualified individual of indigenous descent.

This contract is for the period from July 2019 to the June 2021 to fulfill the needs of the project. Compensation range: $75,000 to $95,000 per year. Travel within Canada is required.

Please reply by June 14, 2019 and include at least 3 references and state related experience in policy development and project management.

Applications must be sent to Sue Lamothe, Chief Operating Officer, at or be delivered to:

Canadian Museums Association
280 Metcalfe Street, Suite 400
Ottawa, Ontario
K2P 1R7

The CMA Secretariat is currently located on traditional unceded Algonquin territory. The CMA extends sincere appreciation for the opportunity to live and learn on this territory in mutual respect and gratitude.

The CMA recognizes its responsibility to respect the dignity of its members and those it serves in museums, and cultural institutions and their audiences regardless of race, creed, nationality, ancestry, language, religion, age, colour, geography, socio-economic status, disability, family status, social condition, gender identity or expression, sex, sexual orientation, political or religious belief.