[BCMA] New Podcast Episode: Pausing to Decolonize: Decolonizing Museum Policy and Practice

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On November 3rd, the Royal BC Museum announced that it would begin closing
sections of its existing galleries to embark on a process of community
consultation to decolonize long-established exhibits, increase cultural
safety in the museum, and ensure that the Provincial museum is a welcoming
place for everyone.

This announcement has sparked new conversations exploring what it means to
decolonize a museum, and whether it is even possible to decolonize an
institution that was born from the very process of colonization itself.

To help contribute to this dialogue the BC Museums Association is sharing
the opening address from our 2021 virtual conference as an episode of our

On October 7th we were joined by Brandie MacDonald from the Museum of Us
<https://museumofus.org/> for a talk entitled, *Pausing to Decolonize:
Decolonizing Museum Policy and Practice.* Brandie is the Senior Director of
Decolonizing Initiatives at Museum of Us, residing on the homeland of
Kumeyaay Nation in San Diego, California, USA.

Brandie’s work focuses on systemic change within museums through the
implementation of anti-colonial and decolonial theory-in-practice, which
centers truth-telling, accountability, and tangible change to redress
colonial harm. Her 12 years working in non-profits is based around capacity
building through transformative policy, repatriation, and education.

In her talk, Brandie discusses the work that Museum of Us has been doing to
transform their organization, the decolonial work that she is leading, and
the guiding principles they have adopted.

Thank you to the Cultural Resource Management
at the University of Victoria for sponsoring this conference opening

online: https://museum.bc.ca/brain/pausing-to-decolonize-decolonizing-museum-policy-and-practice/
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