BCMA Conference 2023

 Haida Gwaii  |   September 25 – 28, 2023

Save The Date – 2023 BCMA Conference

It’s our great pleasure to announce that the BCMA’s 2023 Conference will take place in person during the week of September 25 – 28, 2023!

The BCMA community has been invited by our colleagues at Saahlinda Naay Haida Gwaii Museum and the Haida Heritage Centre to join them for three days of learning on the land, connecting with each other, and getting a taste of everything Haida Gwaii has to offer.

It is our goal to make this an unforgettable event that builds on discussions, learnings, and sessions from past BCMA conferences. Conference planning is in the very early stages so we ask for your patience as we dive into organizing this event and answering the most important questions as soon as we can.
To ensure that we offer an event that reflects our host community’s venue capacity and that our delegates are received and remembered as respectful guests, we anticipate a limited number of available tickets. The BCMA plans to offer bursaries, travel assistance, discounted tickets, and virtual engagement opportunities to make the conference as accessible as possible to the widest range of members and delegates.

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We will keep you up to date and release more information as it becomes available. Please see below for some answers to frequently asked questions that we can provide at this point.



Can you share any details about travel options and accommodation?

We are working with a local planning committee to answer this question for you as soon as possible. The conference will likely be bookended by several travel days to spread the load on airports, ferries, and shuttles and take into account capacity of local infrastructure. The conference will mainly be held at the Haida Heritage Centre in Skidegate but we will provide information on accommodation and shuttle services across Haida Gwaii to assist delegates with travel planning.

When will registration open?

Tickets will be available for purchase in early summer. Similar to previous BCMA Conferences, there will be different ticket options and discounts.

Will conference bursaries be offered to support travel costs?

The BCMA looks forward to offering bursaries to help members access the 2023 conference. We hope to share more details later this spring after funding and sponsorships have been better defined.


Are there more details about conference bursaries you can share at this point?

Like past BCMA conferences, the goal of bursaries and subsidies is to provide funding to members and delegates from historically underrepresented groups and those needing additional support to access the event. For more information about the 2022 conference bursary program, visit: https://museum.bc.ca/brain/conference-bursaries/ 


If I can’t travel to Haida Gwaii, are there other ways I can participate in or learn from the 2023 conference?

With the support of the Department of Canadian Heritage’s Strategic Initiatives Fund, the BCMA looks forward to offering a variety of virtual learning and networking opportunities associated with the 2023 conference. We thank our members who participated virtually in our 2022 conference series and look forward to building upon the lessons of the past years to offer even richer virtual experiences. If you have ideas or suggestions for how our virtual conference programming can best support you, or want to learn more about the BCMA’s HerO (Heritage Online) program, please contact Koy Tayler.