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OCTOBER 7, 14, 21, 28    |     #BCMA2021


BCMA’s 2021 Conference will take place on October 7, 14, 21 & 28 in the virtual space, co-hosted by the City of Surrey.

The schedule below is still subject to change as we work on offering different session formats, a variety of speakers and many opportunities for delegates to participate. Stay tuned for more details and special content. Take advantage of our Early Bird pricing and be sure to check back regularly for schedule updates!


We invite you to join us to explore our four themes:
October 7 Reconciliation & Decolonization


October 7

Welcome by Kwantlen, Katzie and Semiahmoo First Nations


Opening Address

Details coming soon


Lightning Talks

Projects, ideas, and challenges that support justice, equity, diversity, inclusion, or decolonizing practices


Sponsored by the Museum of North Vancouver. Learn more about their travelling exhibit ‘Chief Dan George: Actor and Activist’

Repatriation Action Group

A community forum-style event with a talk followed by facilitated discussion and breakout groups. On International Museums Day 2021, the BCMA launched a national Repatriation Call to Action urging all publicly-funded institutions to immediately work to repatriate all ancestral remains in their collections. Join a panel and discuss how your organization can take action to not only repatriate ancestral remains but support culturally appropriate collections management and repatriation protocols across your institution.


Evening Event

Artist talk – Virtual Live Event at Surrey Art Gallery

October 14 Sustainability & Climate Action


October 14

Community Leadership in Action

Community forum style event with a talk followed by facilitated discussion and breakout groups. Cultural organizations and professionals have tremendous power to help shape dialogue and discourse in our communities. Join this panel of cultural professionals who have used this power to show leadership and take climate action. Hear stories of how individuals have taken action, learn from their experiences, and discuss strategies for taking action in your own communities.


The Clam Garden Network

Webinar style presentation. Indigenous communities have been cultivating clam beds for millennia, and the Clam Garden Network is a diverse community of First Nations, academics, researchers, and resource managers from coastal British Columbia, Washington State and Alaska who are interested in the cultural and ecological importance clam gardens and traditional clam management.


Museums and Community Food Security

Community forum style event with a talk followed by facilitated discussion and breakout groups. Did you know that due to the pandemic the rate of children experiencing hunger in Canada has increased from 1 in 4 to 1 in 3? Museums can play an important role in contributing to community food security. Join this panel and discuss how museums are building community food gardens, supporting community education about food security and sustainability, and helping to ensure that fewer people go hungry in their communities.


Evening Event

Virtual Live Event at Museum of Surrey all about bees.

October 21 Accessibility & Amplifying Voices


October 21

BCMA Annual General Meeting

10 AM

Please note: The AGM does not require a conference registration to attend. 


Gold standard of Accessibility

Details coming soon


Amplifying Voices – Emerging Work of Artists

Hosted by Surrey Art Gallery

Details coming soon


Accessible Design 101

Ask the expert format with a short presentation followed by moderated Q&A. This session will focus on intersectionality, accessibility, and diversity. Explore tips, tools, and advice for making your design work more accessible.


Evening Event

Chat & ChaatVirtual Live Event at Surrey Art Gallery with artists and curators


October 28 Moving Forward


October 28

Theme sponsored by Lucidea

From Statues, to Streets, to Schools – How Do We Take Action Against Racist History? 

Community forum style event with a talk followed by facilitated discussion and breakout groups. Museums have a critical role in helping communities to reassess colonial narratives through an anti-racist lens and are increasingly being called upon in community debates around statues, street names, and school names associated with racist historical figures. Join a panel of colleagues with experience in helping their communities reassess the true legacies of notable figures and discuss strategies for how you can take action to move forward with difficult discussions in your own community.


Lightning Talks – Imagining the Future

Speakers will present their vision of the future of the museum and cultural heritage sector- purely imaginative, based on project they’re working on now, or a reflection of lessons learned from the past year


The Future of Museum Leadership: Exploring Collaborative Leadership Models

Community forum style event with a talk followed by facilitated discussion and breakout groups. Do top-down, hierarchical leadership models really serve the best interests of museums? More museums are experimenting with non-authoritarian leadership models in favour of collaborative leadership, distributed authority, and shared decision making. Join a panel of cultural professionals who have worked to innovate leadership models and discuss their experiences.


Evening Event: BCMA Awards Showcase

Attendance is free! Celebrate with your friends and colleagues. More details coming soon.

BCMA is grateful for the support of this year’s event sponsors:

Explore to learn more about our sponsors and stay tuned for more information about them throughout the month of October.


Reconciliation and Decolonization Lightning Talk Series presented by MONOVA


Chief Dan George: Actor and Activist

Originally developed by MONOVA: Museum of North Vancouver in close collaboration with the Səl̓ílwətaɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) Nation and the George Family, this exhibit focuses on Chief Dan George’s influence as an advocate for the rights of Indigenous Peoples and his career as an actor. Told through stories and artifacts, the exhibit also considers other significant figures, events and milestones in the Indigenous rights movement in British Columbia and Canada, and touches on the wider history and portrayal of Indigenous people in film and television.

Learn More Today!

This year’s weekly theme of Moving Forward is presented by Lucidea:


Collections management software systems that are suitable for libraries, archives and museums – both large and small

Make your collection more visible and accessible than ever before Flexible and purpose-built for museums and galleries, Argus enhances curation and opens your museum’s doors to the world.

Learn More Today!