Opening of "Pasifika: Island Journeys." Museum of Anthropology, June 2003 Children in African Museums, First GCAM workshop, Nairobi, 1997 (NMK) GCAM delegates at Olorgesaillie Archaeological Site, Rift Valley, Kenya, 1997 Dance Troupe entertaining delegates, GCAM workshop, Nairobi, 1997 Education Officer, Peggy McGeary and CAM intern, Caroline Lanthier. Presentation on Holetown Museum, Barbados, 1999 Delegates in discussion, Liverpool, 2003 Museum of Anthropology, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, 2000 Northwest Coast Totem Pole, Museum of Anthropology
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Heritage and Nation Building
CAM Triennial General Assembly
Hosted by the Glenbow Museum and Archives
Calgary, Alberta, Canada
June 22-23, 2017


Canada marks the 150th anniversary of Confederation in 2017. This symposium provides an opportunity to explore the role of museums and heritage organisations in creating and promoting a national identity with colleagues from throughout the Commonwealth during Canada's sesquicentennial year. Suggested topics Include:

• The Road to Independence: museums and heritage organisations' place in shifting national identities
• Museums, Human Rights and Identity
• Participatory Governance: How heritage organisations such as museums can use their resources - collections, programmes and expertise - to promote the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)
• Human Remains Management, in collaboration with the Iziko Museums of South Africa
Migration: Cities - (Im)migration and Arrival Cities, in collaboration with ICOM CAMOC (Collections and Activities of Museums of Cities) and ICOM ICR (International Committee of Regional Museums);
• Use of technology in information sharing about objects and collections
• Indigenous and scientific approaches to conservation

CAM invites proposals for papers, panels, Ignite! sessions, workshops, posters, and other presentation forms. Interested presenters should send a proposal of 300-500 words accompanied by a 200-word biography by June 30, 2016 to: CAM Secretary-General Catherine C. Cole,; phone 1-780-424-2229 for more information.

Optional Pre-symposium Events
Tour Blackfoot heritage sites in Southern Alberta, June 19-20

• Experience Siksika cultural heritage at Blackfoot Crossing
• Imagine how First Nations people hunted buffalo at Head Smashed In Buffalo Jump world heritage site
• Explore Writing on Stone, a sacred landscape with First Nation petroglyphs (rock carvings) and pictographs (rock paintings)

Indigenous Heritage Roundtable, June 21

In collaboration with the Assembly of First Nations - Invited speakers:

• UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, featuring international indigenous voices
• Canada's Truth and Reconciliation Commission's recommendations from a heritage perspective
• Preservation of indigenous heritage sites, intangible cultural heritage, indigenous curatorship, what has changed since the 1992 Museums and First Peoples Task Force and CAM's 1994 triennial on Curatorship: Indigenous Perspectives in Post-Colonial Societies?

Commonwealth Association of Museums (CAM)

Established in 1974 CAM is a Commonwealth professional association and international non-governmental organization (NGO) working To develop the capacity of museum workers and museums to inspire and shape people's lives in the Commonwealth family of nations and globally. CAM's vision is: Museums in which museum workers and communities are able to fully participate in the development of a peaceful, equitable and sustainable society. For more than 40 years CAM has worked with colleagues who share a common colonial history and perspective on the role of museums as places for civic engagement and participatory governance rather than simply places of passive learning. CAM supports Commonwealth values: Democracy; Human rights; International peace and security; Tolerance, respect and understanding; Freedom of Expression; Separation of Powers; Rule of Law; and Good Governance and the UN's Sustainable Development Goals. With more than 300 members in 40 countries, CAM creates thematic and regional networks to support innovative projects encouraging action and increasing the impact of museums throughout the Commonwealth.

Why Calgary?

Our host, the Glenbow Museum and Archives tells the story of Southern Alberta and the West through permanent exhibitions and collections. Glenbow showcases world-renowned travelling and permanent exhibitions that are meaningful to many diverse groups in the community; it boasts the largest art collection in Western Canada and provides access and care to the collections. Since 2014, Glenbow has focused on providing visitors with a new kind of art museum experience. Located in Southern Alberta, Calgary is situated at the confluence of the Bow and Elbow rivers, in an area of foothills and prairie, about 80 km east of the Canadian Rockies. Calgary is the largest city in Alberta and its population has doubled in the last 30 years to 1.25 million people; most of this growth has come from inter-provincial migration but Calgary is increasingly seen as a destination for immigrants and is now the third most culturally diverse city in the country. Calgary has a large Aboriginal population and is adjacent to several significant Aboriginal heritage sites. The city has has the second largest concentration of corporate head offices in Canada and is the centre of the energy industry. Calgary has a colourful past as a regional hinterland supporting agricultural industry and a dynamic present that's modern, youthful and urban.


Funding assistance may be available for CAM members from Commonwealth developing nations. Please advise whether funding is required. Criteria will take into account geographical and gender representation, professional competence and museum experience, and available matching funds. Particular consideration will be given to those who meet the above criteria and whose papers are selected for presentation. The selection of those who receive funding will be determined by the Planning Committee based on a CV and statement of interest to be submitted by March 15, 2017.


There will be an application and selection process for all delegates to ensure solid participation from Commonwealth nations outside of Canada. Rates to be determined. Study tour on a cost-recovery basis. Indigenous heritage roundtable registration separate.

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