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Sep 03, 2021, 10:12 ET
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OTTAWA, ON, Sept. 3, 2021 /CNW Telbec/ – The Canadian Museums Association (CMA), along with 11 provincial and territorial museums associations representing over 2,000 museum and heritage institutions, are calling on federal political parties to commit to updating Canada’s 30-year-old national museum policy.
The CMA and its provincial and territorial counterparts issued an open 2021 election letter to all party leaders that describes the unique role of museums in today’s Canada. 
“From the awakening of a national consciousness based on Indigenous truths rather than colonial myths, to the need to reinvent an economy and lifestyle fueled by plentiful carbon, the shifting sands of change challenge our sense of what it means to be Canadian and demand reconciliation not only between peoples, but with our own sense of being.    
“In the midst of this uncertainty and upheaval, museums – among the institutions most trusted by Canadians – provide the solid ground from which, together, we can map a way forward,” the letter reads.  
Recent public opinion survey data conducted on behalf of the associations demonstrates the high level of support enjoyed by museums and the value Canadians place on them:
A new national museum policy is required to reflect the transformative role that museums play. 
The letter states that the pandemic brought to light the economic fragility of the sector and that a new long-term partnership with the Government of Canada is needed to put the sector on a more sustainable footing. 
“We want to establish a long-term partnership with government that leverages and strengthens the social, economic, and cultural value of museums. A policy framework supported by predictable long-term funding is essential to making this happen,” the signatories write.
Accompanying the open letter is a questionnaire asking party leaders to share their vision for Canada’s museums prior to election day. 
A copy of the open letter is available on the CMA website by clicking here. 
About the CMA
The Canadian Museums Association (CMA) is the voice for Canada’s vibrant museum community, from small, volunteer-driven organizations to cherished national institutions, and for the millions of Canadians whose lives are enriched by museums. We advocate for public policies and support, we build skills across the profession, and we establish and inspire connections to strengthen and sustain museums. 
SOURCE Canadian Museums Association
For further information: Media Contact: Rebecca MacKenzie, Director, Communications, Canadian Museums Association, [email protected], (778) 829-9925

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