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About Us

The Canadian Association for Conservation of Cultural Property is a federally-registered charitable not-for-profit organization that promotes responsible preservation of the cultural property that gives Canadians a sense of place, of history and of artistic expression.  The CAC serves individual and institutional members to provide opportunities for networking, professional development, and information dissemination.

Our Objectives

The general object of the Canadian Association for Conservation of Cultural Property is to further the dissemination of knowledge concerning the conservation of Canada’s cultural property and heritage. In so doing, the Corporation shall:

  1. Promote scholarly research in, and further the dissemination of knowledge of the conservation of cultural property, including but not restricted to, artifacts, works of art, natural history specimens, archival materials and monuments;
  2. With appropriate help from regional groups, hold periodic conferences, workshops or special meetings to discuss problems of mutual interest relating to the study of the conservation of cultural property;
  3. Publish materials of benefit to conservation;
  4. Promote the Code of Ethics and Guidance for Practice of the Corporation;
  5. Obtain the cooperation of related disciplines in the improvement, coordination and dissemination of conservation knowledge, methods and working standards;
  6. Promote partnership with other professionals in the conservation field as well as serve as an advocate for conservation to federal, provincial, and local government agencies and other organizations;
  7. Promote the awareness of conservation among related professionals and the general public; and
  8. Do all other things as are incidental or conducive to the attainment of the above objects of the Corporation.

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Board Members

  • Alison Freake
    Alison Freake President
  • Gyllian Porteous
    Gyllian Porteous Vice-President
  • Kathy Bond
    Kathy Bond Secretary
  • Rebecca Latourell
    Rebecca Latourell Treasurer
  • Elspeth Jordan
    Elspeth Jordan Executive Councillor (Communications)
  • Kasey Lee
    Kasey Lee Executive Councillor (Professional Development)
  • Claire Titus
    Claire Titus Executive Councillor (Publications)
  • Rachel Benjamin
    Rachel Benjamin Eastern Regional Councillor
  • Victoria Kablys
    Victoria Kablys Western Regional Councillor
  • Chloé Lucas
    Chloé Lucas Strategic Alliance Liaison Councillor

Standing Committees

Bulletin – Laura Hashimoto

Communications – Tania Mottus

Conference – Lisa May

Emerging Conservators – Victoria Kablys

Grants and Awards – Alyssa Becker-Burns

Journal – Irene Karsten

Membership – Vacant

Training – Adriane VanSeggelen

Translation – Marie-Eve Gaudreau Lamarre and Anne Desplanches

Regional Representatives

Yukon – Valery Monahan

Northwest Territories – Rosalie Scott

British Columbia – Mauray Toutloff

Alberta – Katie Fisher

Saskatchewan – Alexander Ranger

Manitoba – Alana Jansen

Toronto – Alicia Coutts

Kingston – Fiona Graham

Ottawa – Caitlyn Picard

Montreal – Nathalie Richard

Quebec City – Emily Cloutier

New Brunswick – Dee Stubbs-Lee

Nova Scotia – Elizabeth Jablonski

Newfoundland and Labrador – Donna Teasdale

Land Acknowledgement

The Canadian Association for Conservation of Cultural Property (CAC) represents conservation professionals who work throughout the traditional territories of First Nations, Metis and Inuit peoples across Canada. The CAC wishes to express gratitude on behalf of all its members for the opportunity to live and work on these lands.

The CAC supports the ongoing implementation of the United Nations Declaration of the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP), and recognizes the rights of Indigenous peoples to maintain, protect and develop the past, present, and future manifestations of their cultures and cultural heritage.

The CAC supports the implementation of the Calls to Action put forward by the Indian Residential Schools Truth and Reconciliation Commission, and encourages that the work of Canadian conservation professionals be carried out in compliance with UNDRIP and be respectful of a reconciliation framework for Canadian and Indigenous heritage.

The CAC privileges the voices of Indigenous experts on Indigenous issues as the ultimate authority on matters concerning Indigenous cultures, heritage and languages.

The CAC would like to thank John Moses (Six Nations of the Grand River Territory), Supervisor of Repatriation at the Canadian Museum of History, for his consultation on matters relating to the TRC and UNDRIP.

Advocacy

The CAC Ad-Hoc Advocacy Committee is an ad-hoc committee which seeks to promote awareness of heritage conservation at local, provincial, and federal levels, in an effort to provide new opportunities to emerging and established conservation professionals through the creation of new legislation, policies and funding programs.

The Advocacy Committee also works to advance the museum and heritage-related articles of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP) (Articles 5, 11, 12 and 31) and the museums, archives, and commemoration calls-to-action of the Indian Residential Schools Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) (calls-to-action 67 to 70, “Museums and Archives”; and 79 to 83, “Commemoration”.

The Advocacy committee engenders a conservation advocacy strategy founded on public awareness campaigns, outreach to related communities and stakeholders, as well as public and private lobbying. The committee works on a system of community collaboration by providing advocacy tools and programming that empower CAC members to advocate within their own communities.

Advocacy Toolkit

It takes a whole community to effectively increase public awareness, make an impact with stakeholders, and be heard by our elected policymakers. For this reason, the CAC Ad-Hoc Advocacy Committee has put together a collection of resources for CAC members to support their own personal advocacy efforts within our field.

The Advocacy Toolkit will provide you with a range of tools and resources to help you reach out to others about conservation. Whether you are giving a public presentation and want to supplement it with advocacy talking points, are wanting to speak out to your local councilors or MP about a conservation issue you are concerned about, or are simply looking for ideas on how you can make the importance of conservation heard, you will find resources here to support you.

The Advocacy Toolkit includes [Member login required]:

Advocacy Initiatives

September 2019 – Reconciliation Working Group Proposal (RWG)

We are very pleased to announce that the CAC Board has approved a proposal put forward by the Ad-hoc Advocacy Committee to implement a Reconciliation Working Group (RWG) as of May 2020 to address how our organization should be contributing to and promoting reconciliation with the Indigenous Peoples of the territories in which we work. 

The mandate of the RWG will be to develop a formal position for the CAC on the care and repatriation of materials of Indigenous origin, and to reflect this position in CAC working documents, which may include the Codes of Ethics and Guidelines of Practice. The group will be active for two years, and will involve engaged consultation, skill-sharing activities, meetings, and rich discussions. All activities will conform with the OCAP® (Ownership, Control, Access, Possession) principles of collaborative research with Indigenous communities developed by the First Nations Information Governance Center.

Objectives 

(1) To expand our conservation professional standards to respect Indigenous perspectives in cultural preservation.

(2) To establish a framework for a collaborative practice towards the care and preservation of Indigenous materials, including practical guidelines for providing access to collections and facilitating repatriations.

RWG Structure

  • 14-20 Indigenous and non-Indigenous conservators and stewards of Inuit, Métis, and First Nations cultural heritage who will volunteer or be nominated by their peers. Including three Co-Chairs from the CAC membership and three Secretaries from the CAC Ad-hoc Advocacy Committee.    
  • Membership will be subdivided into three regional groups: Western, Interior, and Eastern.

Funding 

The timeline of our consultation process is highly dependent on the success of multiple grant proposals being submitted this fall. Volunteers to help with grant writing or editing are welcome and very much appreciated! 

In the interim, we have launched a Go-Fund-Me campaign to help raise funds for a free workshop open to all CAC members and inaugural RWG meeting prior to the CAC annual conference in Hamilton, Ontario. Funds raised will also be earmarked for expenses such as OCAP® training fees and translation. Please show your support by contributing to this grassroots initiative!

Proposed Timeline

  • August-September 2019: Discuss direction of RWG with community and consultants 
  • September 2019-January 2020: Preliminary consultation survey of Métis, Inuit, and First Nations organizations throughout Canada to ensure that this project is mutually beneficial
  • September-November 2019: Apply for funding 
  • November 2019-March 2020: RWG Membership nominated/invited and finalized 
  • April 2020: RWG Co-Chairs undergo OCAP® training
  • May 2020: RWG Inaugural Meeting and Workshop at CAC conference
  • May 2020- May 2022: RWG Consultation and Meetings 
  • July 2022: Final Report from RWG to CAC Board 
  • August – December 2022: Advocacy Committee integrates recommendations into working documents and guidelines 

The complete project proposal is available here.  

 

August 2019 – Interview on Kids Conservation lab featured in Muse magazine

In the July/August issue of the CMA’s Muse magazine, CAC’s Ad-hoc Advocacy Committee published an interview with Mauray Toutloff, conservator at the Museum of Anthropology (MOA) at the University of British Columbia (UBC). The interview focused on Mauray’s work collaborating with MOA’s public programming team and volunteers to create a Kids Conservation Lab as a part of Family Day activities. With the CMA’s permission, we’re pleased to share a copy of the article here. Click the link to learn more about MOA’s Kids Conservation Lab. We hope sharing stories like this one can act as inspiration for more collaborations between conservation and public programming departments!

 

February 2019 – New Brunswick Museum

In December 2018, the Provincial Government of New Brunswick cancelled the $50 million in funding committed to building new facilities for the New Brunswick Museum. Seeing as this decision puts both the heritage collections and museum staff at risk, CAC felt the need to write to the Honorable Blaine Higgs, the Premier of New Brunswick, as well as other members of the Executive Council, to urge them to reconsider.  

See CAC’s letter to the Premier

Download the letter template to personalize and send to the recommended parties

Awards

Charles Mervyn Ruggles Award

This award commemorates the distinguished achievements of Charles Mervyn Ruggles (1912-2001) in the development of the conservation profession in Canada. As CAC’s first honorary member, it is appropriate that our first award for outstanding contribution to the field carry his name. Recipients of this award will be celebrated for their contribution and achievement in conservation science, treatment, training and/or education, and for their development work in the field of conservation in Canada, and for promoting the ethics and ideals expressed in the CAC/CAPC Code of Ethics and Guidance for Practice.

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Emerging Conservator Award

This award recognizes the dedication and outstanding potential of a future conservator in a Canadian conservation training program.  Recipients of this award will be celebrated for their accomplishments and leadership demonstrated during full time studies leading to a degree or diploma in any area of cultural property conservation.

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Past Award Winners

Charles Mervyn Ruggles Award

Emerging Conservator Award