Current Courses Offered

Certificate Program in Community Museum Studies

Museums 101 (1 day)

This course will increase your understanding of museums and museum operations by examining their historical development, governance models, and core managerial concepts. It will also introduce you to aspects of daily operations and how they are impacted by such concepts as ethics, public trust, and standards as detailed within the MAS guidebook Standards for Saskatchewan Museums.

This course is being offered as a pilot project with the Department of History at the University of Regina to provide students with the opportunity to obtain training in the field of museum studies as part of their early career education. Individuals from the Saskatchewan museum community who are interested in Museums 101 as part of our Certificate program are encouraged to enroll, as this session will provide participants with a unique experience of sharing viewpoints and knowledge from a diverse group of members of the provincial heritage community.

The Education Program Lead for the Museums Association of Saskatchewan, Dr. Panas is an instructor, anthropologist, and historian who has been working within the heritage sector of Western Canada for over 25 years. 

Rates: $100 members, $150 non-members, $75 students
Registration deadline: Friday November 17, 2023

Course enrolment: limited

Lunches are graciously being provided to participants by the Department of History at the University Regina at no cost to participants.

Registration now open!

Registration now open!

Deadline: Friday October 27,2023

Volunteer Management (1 day)

You will learn about the scope of volunteerism nationally and provincially, volunteer trends and motivation, and community analysis. You will also examine the relationship between the museum and community and its impact on volunteerism, learn how to write a volunteer policy, and understand the volunteer management cycle.

Kristine’s museum career started at the Morse Museum and Cultural Centre and she has been hooked on museums ever since. She joined the WDM in 2008.

From the WDM Corporate Office, Kristine manages and supports the work of volunteer coordinators and assistants at the Western Development Museum’s (WDM) five locations. Together, they oversee over 700 volunteers who generously dedicate their time and talent to making the WDM a living and vibrant space. Previously, Kristine worked as part of the WDM Education team creating and delivering engaging school and public programs.

Kristine is active in the volunteer management and museum communities as well as the local communities she calls home. In 2020, Kristine was awarded the Young Professional Award by the Museums Association of Saskatchewan (MAS). She has worked with MAS on their Museums and Education and Volunteer Management courses and authored their Education and Interpretation Self-Assessment Workbook (2019).

She serves as Vice Chair for the Board of Directors for the Council for Certification in Volunteer Administration and President of the Administrators of Volunteer Resources – Saskatchewan. In 2022, she was recognized with the Dakota Dunes CDC Literacy Volunteer Award from Foundations Learning & Skills Saskatchewan.

Kristine holds a BA (Hons.) in History and Political Studies from the University of Saskatchewan, certificates in public programming, and is a Certified Volunteer Administrator (CVA). She is also proud to be a 2019 Leadership Saskatoon and 2016 Betty-Anne Heggie Womentorship Program alumna.

Rates: $100 members, $150 non-members, $75 students
Registration deadline: Friday November 17, 2023

Registration now open!

Registration now open!

Deadline: Friday November 17,2023

Museums and Education (1 day)

In this course, you will learn about the role of the museum as an educational institution in the community. You will also learn about responding to current issues, planning and designing audience appropriate education and public programs, and writing and education and public programming policy.

Courtney Tuck-Goetz, B.A. (Hons.), (History & Classical, Medieval Renaissance Studies, University of Saskatchewan) & M.A. (History, University of Saskatchewan) is the Education and Public Programs Coordinator for the Western Development Museum – Saskatoon. Courtney joined the Western Development Museum’s staff in 2018 and previously worked at the Museum of Antiquities at the University of Saskatchewan for five years. During her time at the Museum of Antiquities, she held the positions of Assistant Curator, Education Coordinator, and Community Outreach Coordinator. Courtney completed her master’s degree in History at the University of Saskatchewan in 2019 with her thesis titled “Femina Furiosa: Female Arena Performers and their Roles in Ancient Roman Spectacle”.

Courtney has also been a board member, organizer, program facilitator, and mentor for Girls Rock Saskatoon since 2014 and is committed to the empowerment of local youth through music and creativity that is fostered in their programming.  Courtney brings her experience and enthusiasm for programming gained at the Museum of Antiquities and Girls Rock Saskatoon to the Western Development Museum – Saskatoon’s Education and Public Programs Department. Courtney loves being a museum educator because it allows her to be able to teach and interact with learners of all ages and skill levels. Courtney believes learning about history is an integral part of understanding the human experience and that history should be accessible for everyone.

Rates: $100 members, $150 non-members, $75 students
Registration deadline: Friday March 1, 2024

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Special Topic Courses

Archaeology and Saskatchewan Museums - Collections, Interpretations, and Ethics (2 days)

Many Saskatchewan museums have archaeological materials that have been donated from community members over the course of decades. Despite being common within collections what is less frequently known by institution staff and volunteers is essential information that surround these objects, including their proper identification, the organization of collections and site data, and provincial and federal legislation that govern their management. This two-day course, offered in partnership with the Saskatchewan Archaeological Society, will provide participants with the information and skills they need for the proper curation and management of archaeological materials in Saskatchewan museums. Topics discussed will include:

  • The archaeological history of Saskatchewan
  • Proper identification of archaeological material
  • Provincial and federal legislation impacting archaeological artifacts
  • Repatriation and handling culturally sensitive material, including human remains
  • How to record archaeological sites
  • Respectful display of archaeological artifacts


Participants will also have the opportunity to bring archaeological materials for identification and to address any specific concerns they have with regards to their collections on the second day of the course.

Karin Steuber, PhD, is the Public Outreach Coordinator of the Saskatchewan Archaeological Society and Adjunct Professor with the Department of Archaeology and Anthropology at the University of Saskatchewan. She has been an archaeologist for over 20 years, working on the Canadian Plains with a focus on lithic technologies.

Tomasin Playford, PhD, is the Executive Director of the Saskatchewan Archaeological Society and Adjunct Professor in the Department of Archaeology and Anthropology at the University of Saskatchewan. She has worked throughout Saskatchewan and Manitoba for the past 30 years, with a focus on subsistence and seasonality during the Late Period.

Gabriel Lamarche is a current master’s student in archaeology at the University of Saskatchewan. He grew up around Georgian Bay, on Lake Huron, and has now lived in Saskatchewan for most of his adult life. His first experience with archaeology happened when he was about 12, on Beausoleil Island, the one-time home of his Anishinaabek ancestors. He is now a well-practiced flintknapper, and he is always eager to share his passion and interest in the ancient crafting tradition.

Rates: $150 members, $200 non-members, $125 students
Registration deadline: Friday November 24, 2023

Registration Opening Soon

* A Second Course will be schedule to run in Regina, early 2024

*Please contact us about pricing, or to enquire about bursaries for those who want to access our programming but are experiencing financial barriers.


CMA Bursaries

The Canadian Museums Association provides travel bursaries to assist museum professionals (including volunteers) attending professional development acitivities. For more information, please visit the CMA website or contact them at 1-888-822-2907. 

Upcoming Courses

November 04, 2023
9:00 am - 5:00 pm
University of Regina, Regina SK, Room 113, College West Building, University of Regina
Regina, SK Canada
December 02, 2023
9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Gabriel Dumont Institute, Saskatoon, 917 – 22nd Street West
Saskatoon, SK Canada
December 09, 2023
9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Gabriel Dumont Institute, Saskatoon, 917 – 22nd Street West
Saskatoon, SK Canada

Request a Course! Does the course you want never seem to be offered in a place you can get to it? Now’s your chance to request particular courses and locations for the next session’s offerings. Just fill out the Request a Course Form. The deadline to submit for the Spring course session is January 1, and the deadline for the Fall course session is June 1. Questions? Contact [email protected].