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A New Model of National Service for a National Museum: A Work in Progress Research – Life Sciences and Earth Sciences • Collections • Public Education Mandate To increase interest in,

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Research – Life Sciences and Earth Sciences

  • • Collections
  • • Public Education
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Mandate

To increase interest in,

knowledge of, and appreciation and respect for, the natural world throughout Canada and internationally.

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• Canadian Museum of Nature

• National Consultation

• Messages

• Pilot Projects

• Vision and Strategic Plan

• Networks and Partnerships

• Alliance of Natural History Museums of Canada

• Federal / International Role

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Vision Development

… a consultative process.

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Messages Back

Valuable perspectives on substance and approach.

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• Make it bold

• Create partnerships/ networks

• Emphasize mutual strengths and asset-building

• Create Canada’s story

• Put people in the equation, as part of the natural environment

• Focus on issues that matter

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Experiments

• Joint staffing – Bamfield Marine Station

• Exhibition development – Royal Botanical Gardens

• Special interest group through the Canadian Museums Association

• Taking advantage of location, proximity, access – NSERC

• Initiating national dialogue on collections responsibilities

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• Polls

• Further consultations – internal and external

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New Vision: Connecting People With Nature

• Emphasis on networks, partnerships, joint ventures

• Focus on Environmental Change

Through Time

• Provide national service

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Projects and Partnerships - Exhibitions

• The GEEE! in Genome and the Nature of Humans Project

• Ice Age Mammals and the Fire and Ice Project

• Who Left the Tap On? and the Water Project

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Projects and Partnerships

• Rideau River Biodiversity Project (Ottawa) and the Frenchman River Biodiversity Project (Royal Saskatchewan Museum)

• Working Group on Museums and Sustainable Communities (Canadian Centre for Biodiversity)

• Sila: Clue In To Climate Change (Centre for Traditional Knowledge)

• CineMuse Network

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ROYAL BRITISH COLUMBIA MUSEUM • ROYAL ALBERTA MUSEUM • ROYAL TYRRELL MUSEUM • ROYAL SASKATCHEWAN MUSEUM • THE MANITOBA MUSEUM

BIODÔME, INSECTARIUM, JARDIN BOTANIQUE ET PLANÉTARIUM DE MONTRÉAL • PRINCE OF WALES NORTHERN HERITAGE CENTRE • YUKON BERINGIA INTERPRETIVE CENTRE • NOVA SCOTA MUSEUM OF NATURAL HISTORY

NEW BRUNSWICK MUSEUM • PROVINCIAL MUSEUM OF NEWFOUNDLAND AND LABRADOR • CANADIAN MUSEUM OF NATURE

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• Speak with a single voice on issues of common interest

• Encourage communication among members

• Pursue joint projects

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We are exploring working jointly in areas where we will have greater impact through combined efforts, such as:

• Enhancing the visibility, recognition and benefit of natural history museums

• Increasing our influence on public policy and decision-making

• Collections planning and development to facilitate public and scientific access to collections information

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Alliance (ANHMC) Projects:

  • • Collections – survey
  • • Communications
    • internal (web links, server)
    • external (special events, lobbying)
  • • Programs (Miracle Planet, Environmental Film Festival)
  • • Exhibitions – Fatal Attraction from the European Natural History Museum Network
  • Market Research
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Alliance of Natural History Museums of Canada

  • Challenges:
  • Geography
  • A Virtual Organization
  • Membership
  • Collective/Individual Priorities
  • Shifts in Attitude/Approach for Members
  • beyond those most involved
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Alliance of Natural History Museums of Canada

  • Planning for the future:
  • Strategic Planning Process
    • Focus on planning the

joint work that we

want to do

canadian museum of nature

Canadian Museum of Nature

Planning for the future:

Plan from an assumption that projects are national not local

Priority for funding is given to national service and impact

Consistently ask: what would this proposed project/program

look like with three other partners?

Sustained focus outward

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Canadian Museum of Nature

Thank you to

INTERCOM and to

The Association of Czech Museums

and Galleries

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