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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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A Work in Progress
To increase interest in,
knowledge of, and appreciation and respect for, the natural world throughout Canada and internationally.
• National Consultation
• Pilot Projects
• Vision and Strategic Plan
• Networks and Partnerships
• Alliance of Natural History Museums of Canada
• Federal / International Role
… a consultative process.
Valuable perspectives on substance and approach.
• 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
• 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
• Further consultations – internal and external
• Emphasis on networks, partnerships, joint ventures
• Focus on Environmental Change
• Provide national service
• 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
• 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
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
• Encourage communication among members
• Pursue joint projects
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
joint work that we
want to do
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
Thank you to
INTERCOM and to
The Association of Czech Museums