IBPOC Museum Professionals Network

Connect with museum, gallery, and heritage IBPOC professionals from across British Columbia.

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Responding to the immediate needs identified by racially marginalized museum workers, the IBPOC Network provides targeted support for IBPOC (Indigenous, Black, People of Colour) students, volunteers, and professionals of our community through workshops, webinars, networking, and resource development.

Programming for the network is guided by our IBPOC Museum Professionals Advisory Group. If you have any questions about the IBPOC Network or would like to share suggestions, please get in touch with Jazmin Hundal at communications@museum.bc.ca.

News and Updates

Professional Development Opportunity!

Come with us to our first in-person Cultivating Careers workshop, hosted by Burnaby Village Museum on May 6.

This workshop includes trauma-informed practice training, a guided walk through the Indigenous learning spaces on site, and a Tea and Talk.

Learn more and register at the link below.

Workshop Details

Popular Resource

Justification Letters

As we’ve travelled the province this year, many of you have shared with us how difficult it can be to explain the value of attending our sessions to your team.

So, we’ve written two letters that you can download to help with those conversations!

Download The Letters

Popular Resources

Tea & Talk

Brew yourself a cup of tea and sit down with Network Coordinator Jazmin to chat, seek advice, and get to know other cultural professionals of colour.

These sessions are always free, and don’t require registration.

Learn more and join this free session.

Cultivating Careers Series

Join the BMCA for a new IBPOC Museum Professionals Network series on how to cultivate careers in the museum, heritage, and cultural sector.

This recurring series of sessions will focus on ways IBPOC museum, heritage, and cultural professionals can further their careers, encourage emerging IBPOC professionals, and navigate situations within their workplace all with the goal of strengthening IBPOC representation in the sector.

Learn more 

Feedback Survey

IBPOC Network sessions are regarded as safe spaces for all those who identify as IBPOC museum, heritage, and cultural professionals in what is colonially referred to as British Columbia. As such, the BCMA would like to learn additional ways the IBPOC Network can support these professionals.

Your responses will remain anonymous. Individuals can submit feedback more than once.

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IBPOC Network Listserv

This Listserv provides a forum for IBPOC members of the arts, culture & heritage community to discuss issues and promote opportunities through a monitored mailing list.

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Upcoming programming

Tea & Talk On The Road: Nanaimo

May 28, 2023, 2:00-4:00 PM

Gather in-person with us at Nanaimo Art Gallery!

Meet fellow volunteers/students/professionals of colour, co-navigate workplace challenges, and build mutual support networks.

Free to join – with tea, coffee, and snacks provided.

Learn more and register here.

Online Tea & Talk

June 12, 2024, 1:00-2:00 PM

Brew yourself a cup of tea and sit down with Jazmin and Madison to chat, seek advice, and get to know other cultural professionals of colour.

These sessions are always free, and don’t require registration.

Learn more and join this free session.

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Why the name IBPOC (Indigenous, Black, and People of Colour)?

Originally launched under the name BIPOC Network, Indigenous BCMA members reached out and suggested using the term IBPOC to recognize that the discussions and activities facilitated through this network are taking place on the ceded, unceded, and sovereign territories of Indigenous communities across what is now referred to as British Columbia. The BCMA recognizes that we are uninvited guests on these territories and wish to centre this network around respect and reconciliation.

We recognize that grouping such distinct identities together suggests an interchangeability that fails to articulate the differential ways that racialized people experience race and racism and will continue to evolve and update our language in consultation with the community.

 

This Network was inspired by the #MuseumsAreNotNeutral Webinar in June 2020. Watch the webinar

Check out this recent webinar:

Community-centred Approaches to Museum Exhibits and Programs

The IBPOC Museum Professionals Network was joined by culture executive, Karen Carter for an informative webinar on community-centred approaches to museum exhibits and programs. Participants learnt how to become a co-conspirator for DEIA, build relationships not just partnerships, and what a call-and-response communications model is.

Watch the webinar.

Equity, Diversity, Inclusion, and Justice

Explore our growing collection of resources on equity and justice.