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Moving Forward in 2020

While it may not seem that much has changed at the WDM this past year, we’ve been very busy behind the scenes. We’ve been laying the foundations for the Museum’s work going into the next decade. Our fundraising, collections and human resources policies were all updated this year and updating job descriptions for all our staff continues to be an ongoing priority.

We have been working on plans to revitalize the Heritage Farm and Village in North Battleford. We’ve also been planning for the redevelopment of the Snowbirds Gallery in Moose Jaw. These plans are being developed in consultation with staff, volunteers and community. Recognizing that there is always more to do than we have the resources for (people, money and time), we’ve also begun prioritizing our curatorial work. This will ensure that we are having the greatest impact possible. We continue to look for more funding to be able to do everything we believe is important. I would like to thank all our donors and volunteers for your ongoing support. We can do so much because of your help. If you haven’t already done so, please consider donating to a WDM location or project you are excited about.

Recognizing all our donors and supporters is very important to us. We will be installing new donor walls at all WDM locations over the coming year.

In 2020, we will keep building on our inclusion strategies. We will also continue developing stronger relationships with Indigenous organizations and communities. The Saskatchewan Doukhobor Living Book Project and the Saskatchewan LGBTQ2+ History Collection were two of several inclusivity initiatives in 2019.

This year, we are hosting the Canada and Germany: Partners from Immigration to Innovation travelling exhibit at the WDM Saskatoon. We are also continuing important work with Whitecap Dakota First Nation. Staff are working with Whitecap Dakota Elders to identify community members in historical photographs. These photographs are from Pion-Era in the 1950s and 1960s, and an exhibit is being planned around this work.

2020 will be an exciting year and we look forward to sharing all our province’s diverse histories with you.

-Joan Kanigan

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