Interpretation Canada 2019 Conference

Unpacking Dialogue

Canadian Museum for Human Rights
Winnipeg, Manitoba

September 912, 2019

Through interpretation, we engage our audiences, encourage conversation, and facilitate experiences.  Ideally, this happens through participation and dialogue  but these terms can sometimes seem more like buzzwords than concrete concepts.

Our 2019 Interpretation Canada National Conference will explore incorporating dialogue into our practice. We will unpack what it means to use dialogic interpretation, explore various tools and techniques, and uncover what it means to create a safe space for open discussions. Our host site, the Canadian Museum for Human Rights,  is committed to exploring the subject of human rights through promoting respect for others and encouraging reflection and dialogue.

Dialogue is a powerful way to engage people in difficult stories and inspire reflection which can lead to action. Dialogue can build bridges, mend divides, connect societies, and involve communities. Together, let’s learn how to really listen to our visitors and each other.

Keynote Speaker

J'net AyAy Qwa Yak Sheelth, BA, MA

Indigenous Outreach & Learning Coordinator, Royal Ontario Museum

J'net AyAyQwaYakSheelth (One who gives away and still stands tall) is the Indigenous Outreach and Learning Coordinator at the Royal Ontario Museum. As part of the Learning Department, J'net leads the development and implementation of relevant Indigenous content and perspectives in School Visits and community outreach programs. This work is designed to advance awareness, understanding, and appreciation for Indigenous cultures and heritage in both historical and contemporary contexts. J’net also developed an Indigenous Advisory Circle of knowledge carriers, elders, youth, and artists to assist ROM with the authentic representation of Indigenous peoples in educational programming, youth programs, and expand our outreach throughout the province.

Keynote Speaker

Sarah Pharaon

Senior Director of Methodology and Practice, International Coalition of Sites of Conscience

As Senior Director of the International Coalition of Sites of Conscience, Sarah leads over 260 historic sites dedicated to using dialogue to connect visitors to the past and envision more just and humane futures. She also directs the Coalition’s work in North America specifically on issues of immigration, mass incarceration and decolonization. Sarah works with interpreters in building a global community of dialogic practice, and is a consulting expert on dialogue and community engagement for the United States National Park Service.   Sarah has worked with the Ontario Museum Association and has recently begun providing training across Canada through Parks Canada.  Prior to her work at the Coalition, Sarah worked as Director of Education at the Tenement Museum (New York) and was the founding curator of the Arab American National Museum (Michigan).

Registration will open in May.  
We’re still working on our budget but estimate less than $500 for early bird members.


We are pleased to be staying at the ALT Hotel Winnipeg for our 2019 National Conference. ALT Hotel is in the heart of Winnipeg and a short walk to the Canadian Museum of Human Rights.

Room Rates: $169/night (1 Queen Bed), $189/night (2 Queen Beds)

These conference rates are available until August 8, 2019.

Reservations: Individual reservations can be made with 3 options:

  1. Use Interpretation Canada’s designated link

  2. Visit ALT Hotel’s website and use the Group’s Block Code: 1909IC

  3. Call the hotel (1-844-946-6258) and mention the Group Name / Block ID: Interpretation Canada Conference 2019 - 6107294.

Monday, September 9:
Museum Admission
Activities by Canadian Museum for Human Rights
Evening Opening Reception
Tuesday, September 10:
Keynote Address
Concurrent Sessions

Wednesday, September 11:
Field study trips to other interpretive sites

Thursday, September 12:

Keynote Address

Annual General Meeting

Concurrent Sessions
Evening Awards Banquet and Auction

Friday, September 13
 Post-Conference Activities 

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