Nokomis & District Museum

2022 MAS Conference


MAS Conference 2022 - Community Co-Curation: Carrying On

June 9 - 11, 2022 | Estevan, Saskatchewan

We are working hard to present our conference in person this year, however it is possible that it may need to be moved online. We have contingencies in place if that becomes the case and a partial refund for conference fees will be provided. 

Looking forward to see everyone!

Registration Deadline Extended: May 25th, 2022

Registration Details

Full Conference Registration includes the Welcome Reception on June 9th, breakfast, lunch, snacks and one Banquet ticket on June 10th, and breakfast on June 11th.

You may add extra banquet tickets (for June 10th).

This year’s conference theme is Community Co-Curation: Carrying On.
Museums are committed to serving communities and addressing social needs. Socially-engaged museum practice is a critical area of discussion, perhaps even more now than as it was in the past. Through examining the current struggles many continue to face, as well as success stories, we are able to look at what museums have been, what museums are becoming and what museums could become.

As some museums are reframing their missions, redressing prior wrongs, and even rethinking the experiences they are providing, others are creating more inclusive approaches to collecting, interpreting and storytelling. Some are even embracing new technologies to continue to present to existing and new audiences in innovating ways.

Through resilience, sustainable development, a strong focus on community engagement, education and preservation of cultural identity, we are creating a new form of collaboration and repatriation to carry us forward.

We invite you to join this important conversation and REGISTER for our MAS 2022 Conference: June 9th-11th, Estevan SK.





Keynote: Sharanjit Sandhra
Co-Curation as Co-Conspirator Work: Decolonizing the Museum

This presentation, by highlighting the work of the Sikh Heritage Museum, a National Historic Site of Canada in Abbotsford, BC, will provide a framework on how to make co-curation an ongoing and needed practice in the museum sector as a movement towards anti-racism and meaningful equity, diversity, inclusion. Using specific co-curated exhibits, along with visitor responses, the presentation will provide practical tools to the difficult work of diversifying the museum sector.


Multicultural Council of Saskatchewan (MCoS)
Community Engagement and Ethnocultural Minorities: Building Meaningful Relationships

Museums form an important component of a community’s memory, presenting objects and experiences that, in effect, tell a community’s story to itself and the rest of the world. However, museums do not always reflect the diversity of their communities: collections often promote dominant narratives that attract visitors who see themselves positively reflected. Museum engagement of underrepresented communities requires intercultural competence, understanding of barriers to access, and commitment to equitably reflect our diverse populations.

How can cultural and heritage organizations engage community members to tell the whole story? This presentation by the Multicultural Council of Saskatchewan will explore cultural awareness, community engagement, and relationship-building, and will serve as an introduction to an interactive virtual workshop for museum and gallery staff and volunteers later in June.


Panel: Moderated by Michael Afenfia, Saskatoon Open Door Society
Curating Diversity: 50 Years of Immigration in Canada

This panel session will discuss cultural representation and how museums across Canada have curated the history and heritage of the diverse people who call Canada home. Panelists will touch on measures and strategies adopted by museums to ensure inclusion in the last 50 years and hypothesize on ways locals and newcomers will feel seen and included in the sourcing and curation of art, artifacts and stories preserved in thematic and non-thematic museums. 


Canadian Museums Association (CMA) and Western Development Museum (WDM)
Call to Action #67 in Practice

This panel session will discuss the implementation of the TRC and UNDRIP in museums, beginning with an update on the Canadian Museums Association (CMA) national work on TRC 67 and forthcoming deliverables and provide an understanding of their national engagement work and feedback on reconciliation in museums. 

The WDM and their Indigenous partners will discuss on their joint work on inclusion and representation of Indigenous communities within their museum, including the development of a forthcoming exhibit, co-created with the Whitecap Dakota First Nation.


Alberta Museums Association (AMA)
Reconsidering Museums: Articulating the Value of Museums to Our Communities

What do Canadians see as the value of museums for them, their communities, and for Canada? Reconsidering Museums, a three-year national project, sets out to answer this question. Through a rearticulation of the value of museums and a rebrand of the sector, this project aims to support museums with the tools and language necessary to better connect with and serve their communities, deepening their relationships, and therefore their relevance, to the public.

With a focus on being data driven, this session will explore how the museum of the future can respond to demographic, cultural, and generational shifts; bridge the gap between internal and public perception; and address societal issues while maintaining their trustworthiness.



Thursday, June 9th

7:00 pm: Welcome Reception, Estevan Art Gallery & Museum


Friday, June 10th

7:00 am - 9:30 am: Registration and Breakfast

9:30 am - 10:30 am: Keynote Address - Sharanjit Sandhra: Co-Curation as Co-Conspirator Work

10:45 am - 11:15 am: MAS Member Forum

11:15 am - 12:15 pm: MAS AGM


1:30 pm - 3:30 pm: Multicultural Council of Saskatchewan (MCoS) Presentation

6:00 pm: Banquet and Awards


Saturday, June 11th

8:00 am - 9:00 am: Registration and Breakfast

9:00 am - 10:00 am: Curating Diversity: 50 Years of Immigration in Canada

10:15 am - 11:15 am: CMA Reconciliation Project & TRC #67

11:30 am - 12:30 pm: Reconsidering Museums

12:30 pm: Wrapup



The Days Inn by Wyndham Estevan is the location for the Annual General Meeting and Conference.  The Inn is located at 1305 9 St, Estevan, SK

We have also reserved a block of rooms for those in need of accommodations. Reservations can be made by phoning the hotel at  1-306-634-6456 or 1-800-329-7466 toll free.  

Due to limited space, it is recommended to book your room as soon as possible. 



Thursday June 9th, 7:00 pm

Estevan Art Gallery & Museum, 118 – 4th Street Estevan, SK

We are thrilled to coincide our Welcome Reception with the EAGM Exhibition Opening of artists Tracy Peters: Subconscious Terrain, and Ruth Langwieser: Plasticomania.

Ruth Langwieser: Plasticomania
June 9 – August 26, 2022

This body of work is the culmination of a year long artist in residence. 

Tracy Peters: Subconscious Terrain
June 9 – August 26, 2022

Tracy Peters is a Winnipeg-based multidisciplinary artist who uses video, photography and installation to examine the interactions between organic and human-built environments. In her site-responsive studio practice, she is deeply motivated by resilient behavior in ecosystems that enable their adaptation to human intervention.




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