Robert R. Janes, Founder, Coalition of Museums for Climate Justice (Canada)


Robert R. Janes is an independent scholar-practitioner, the Editor-in-Chief Emeritus of Museum Management and Curatorship, a Visiting Research Fellow at the School of Museum Studies at the University of Leicester (UK), and the founder of the Coalition of Museums for Climate Justice He was the President and CEO of the Glenbow Museum  (Calgary, Canada), the founding Director of the Prince of Wales Northern Heritage Centre (Yellowknife, Northwest Territories, Canada), and the founding Executive Director of the Science Institute of the Northwest Territories. He has worked with Canada’s Indigenous Peoples throughout his career and was given a traditional Blackfoot name in 1995.

Janes has worked in and around museums for 42 years as a director, consultant, author, editor, archaeologist, board member, teacher and volunteer – devoting his career to championing museums as important social institutions capable of making a difference in the lives of individuals and their global communities. His museum publications have been translated into nine languages. His new book is Museum Activism with Richard Sandell (2019). He lives in Canmore, Alberta, Canada.

"Museums and the Climate Challenge: A Call to Action"

Lightning talk part of the session "What’s on the agenda for museums in 2019?" on Monday 27 May

Robert R. Janes will join us through a pre-recorded video funded by the Norwegian Arts Council.

This video challenges museum workers to honour the public trust placed in museums by taking action to address climate change. This work must begin by asking why does your museum exist, what changes are you trying to effect, what solutions will you generate, and what are your non-negotiable values?