2020 BC Provincial Election Advocacy Resources
As communities across the province begin to plan for an uncertain future and ultimate recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic, advocacy is more important than ever.
The 2020 Provincial Election was a critical opportunity to tell the story of the impact of our sector and to urge government to take action to ensure museums, galleries, and cultural centres can continue to support their communities. To support members in their advocacy efforts, the BCMA, together with its Advocacy Committee and its partners, prepared a number of new advocacy resources.
New 2020 Provincial Election Resources:
- Election Primer 2020 – Making the Case for Museums, Galleries, and Cultural Centres in Your Community
- BC Election 2020 | Political Candidates and the Heritage Sector
- Advocacy Resources
- Local Newspaper Op-Ed Template
- The BCMA and Heritage BC sent this Op-Ed to our media contacts, but we encouraged members to adapt this template, adding a quote about the impact COVID-19 on your community’s heritage and a picture, and submit to their local press. By sharing this Op-Ed with your local media, you helped magnify the impact and helped us get out the message that community and government support is critical for the heritage sector’s recovery.
Sector Partner Advocacy Resources:
- 2020 Arts and Culture Advocacy Email Template
- ArtsVote BC
- Heritage BC Webinar: Advocacy and Politicians
We encourage members to review changes to the Lobbyist Transparency Act before engaging in any provincial advocacy activities. Since the 2017 provincial election, new regulations have been established to increase transparency with respect to who is lobbying the BC government. The Pacific Legal Education & Outreach Society has a free webinar recording that outlines these changes. We encourage members to review these changes before engaging in advocacy work, especially if you are engaging in advocacy as a paid staff person, representing your organization.