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Interpretation Canada Conference 2022

October 3, 2022 @ 8:30 am - October 7, 2022 @ 5:30 pm

In partnership with Interpretation Canada, the Association of Nova Scotia Museum presents a National Conference this fall, “Storytelling: Making People Care Since… Forever,  which explores the connection between interpretation and storytelling through presentation and discussions on this broad topic. Sessions will take place throughout various locations across HRM including Saint Mary’s University, Halifax Central Library, The Halifax Citadel and the Nova Scotia Museum.

ANSM registration includes:

Monday October 3, 2022

  • Keynote presentation by Lawrence Hill (Halifax Central Library)
  • Evening Awards Showcase (Bronfman Theatre, Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21)
  • A special session with ANSM (Unilever Lounge on the 4th floor of the Sobey Building, SMU)

Unlocking Community Museum Collections

Many community museums in Nova Scotia contain artefacts associated with Nova Scotia’s four founding cultures: Mi’kmaq, African Nova Scotians, Acadians and Gaels. In many cases there has been a loss of cultural knowledge and stories associated with the artefacts. This summer, the Association of Nova Scotia Museums (ANSM) began the development of a digitization strategy for these collections, with a focus on making them more accessible through NovaMuse.ca, ANSM’s collections portal. The first step of this work was visiting the cultural communities to hear and understand their needs relating to these collections.

Join ANSM for an afternoon session which will include presentations and group discussions about this work and next steps. We will review the results of the first 8 community engagement sessions between Mi’kmaq, African Nova Scotian, Acadian, and Gaelic communities and community museums. We will also look at research conducted in partnership with Saint Mary’s University students.

This session, although open to all, is highly recommended for all ANSM Advisory Service member museums. A light lunch will be provided. To help us plan accordingly, please REGISTER HERE

Presented in partnership between the Association of Nova Scotia Museums and Saint Mary’s University Faculty of Arts and Department of History.

This project was funded by the Government of Canada.

Tuesday October 4, 2022 

  • Concurrent Sessions (please note that concurrent sessions on Tuesday will be held in Fortress ‘casemates’ at the Halifax Citadel, and there may be occasional sounds of rifle or cannon fire outdoors).


Full conference schedule can be viewed here.  Abstracts of the Concurrent Sessions can be read here.

ANSM extends our appreciation to the following sponsors who have made our participation in the Interpretation Canada Conference possible:



October 3, 2022 @ 8:30 am
October 7, 2022 @ 5:30 pm


Various Locations, HRM


Association of Nova Scotia Museums
Interpretation Canada