Equity, Diversity, Inclusion, and Justice

Monthly Resources: October

 Sarah Wang

Regular resource collections from Sarah Wang, IBPOC Museum Professionals Network Coordinator.

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It’s been a busy month of transitions among exhibitions, Festivals, and conferences!



The past and future of the Lytton Chinese History Museum:

New museum built on historic Lytton cultural site

Owner plans to rebuild Lytton Chinese History Museum after it was destroyed by wildfire

Finally, some love for the non-arts cultural/museum workers!

We try to provide as diverse a range of resources as possible that is relevant to the broadest museum professionals community, however it is acknowledged that these lists tend to lean toward the arts. A goal moving forward is to research and promote more resources specific to museum professionals working in non-arts institutions including science museums, municipal museums and archives, and heritage organizations.

Spotlight on Assistant Curator and Professor Jessica Ware, who recently gave the keynote lecture at McGill University’s Queer History Month. Ware is a Canadian-American entomologist, who completed their undergraduate studies at UBC and is now at the American Museum of Natural History. Get to know more about their work:

Entomologists of Color

Why Diversity Matters Among Those Who Study Diversity



The BCMA Conference Continues!


SFU Public Square

2021 Sterling Prize Ceremony and Lecture: Challenging the Role of Museums in an Era of Reconciliation

Thursday 14 October 2021, 6:30PM PST, online

Description: A short lecture from Sdahl K’awaas (Lucy Bell) on her experiences working in the museum sector and combatting workplace racism, followed by a conversation with Jisgang (Nika Collison), Executive Director of the Haida Gwaii Museum and board member of the Royal BC Museum, and Sharanjit Kaur Sandhra, co-curator of exhibitors at the Sikh Heritage Museum and UBC PhD-candidate in history.


The Vancouver Writers Festival

Monday 18 October 2021-Sunday 24 October 2021

Description: The Vancouver Writers Festival returns with digital and in-person events. Of particular note to the museum sector are the events: 


The Alma Lee Opening Night Event – Out of the Sun: Esi Edugyan in Conversation with Chantal Gibson


Black Literature on the Prairies with Cheryl Foggo and Karina Vernon


with/holding: Chantal Gibson in Conversation with Lawrence Hill


Unreconciled: Jesse Wente in Conversation with Tanya Talaga


The Threads of Family and Resilience with Te-Ping Chen and Pik-Shuen Fung

Yusef Salaam in Conversation with Matt Galloway


Universities Art Association of Canada/L’association d’art des universités du Canada

Annual Conference 2021

Wednesday 20 October 2021 – Saturday 23 October 2021

Description: The annual conference of the UAAC/AAUC is online this year with four days of talks, workshops, and pedagogical discussions. This conference is noted “for visual arts-based research by art historians, professors, artists, curators, and cultural workers”, but its professional knowledge exchange and networking benefit the wider museum sector.