Job opportunity: Cumberland Museum & Archives, deadline Dec 6

The Cumberland Museum and Archives (Cumberland and District Historical Society) is seeking a talented non profit professional to fill an exciting new position of Cumberland Museum Executive Director. Working cooperatively with the Board of Directors and Museum staff, the Executive Director provides leadership for Museum operations and works to fulfill the goals and objectives outlined in the Museum’s Strategic Plan.

A detailed job description is attached and the deadline is coming up quickly for applications (December 6th).

The Cumberland Museum and Archives is a dynamic and thriving organization with a well developed Strategic Plan and great momentum! Museum, heritage and/or curatorial experience is an asset but not a requirement for this position.

Arson at U’mista Cultural Centre, Alert Bay

Umista announcement

As a result of the fire, the Potlatch Collection has been profoundly affected and has required the efforts of conservation specialists from RBCM, MOA, and Museum at Campbell River.

Curator lends her expert hand (Campbell River Mirror)

Jack Knox: Arson imperils the cultural heart of Alert Bay (Times Colonist)
If you don’t know the significance of the Potlatch Collection as a Canadian, resident of BC, or anthropologist, this Times Colonist article provides a good primer. As well, you can seek and view the documentary, Potlatch: A Strict Law Bids Us Dance (VIU Library, E 99 K9 P612 1975, 54 min).
Here’s a clip from the above documentary:

The video clip below is a preview for Box of Treasures (VIU Library, E 99 K9 B68 2004, 28 min). The documentary explains how the Potlatch Collection was returned to Alert Bay. If you don’t have time to view both documentaries, a condensed and excerpted version is available as Potlatch (22 min) in First Nations: The Circle Unbroken (VIU Library, E 78 C2 F57712).

If you wish to help the U’mista Cultural Society during this time of need, donations can be made through