Renaming Mary March Provincial Museum

Overview

As part of the process of decolonization, The Rooms recognizes the colonial history of the name of the Mary March Provincial Museum in Grand Falls-Windsor. As such, there is a commitment to rename the museum.

The Rooms is seeking the public’s input to determine a new name that works towards reconciliation, healing and respectful commemoration of Indigenous Peoples’ histories, and is more accurate.

All viewpoints that have been made and those that will come from the planned consultations will be duly considered with respect to any action on the renaming of the Mary March Provincial Museum.

The Provincial Government and Indigenous Leadership remain committed to advancing Reconciliation with Indigenous peoples, promoting inclusive communities and honouring the history of the institution as a community museum.

In 2020, The Rooms struck a committee to advise on the renaming of the Mary March Provincial Museum in Grand Falls-Windsor. The committee is comprised of councillors from the Town of Grand Falls-Windsor, a representative from the town’s heritage group, representatives from the Indigenous Governments, as well as two representatives from The Rooms and Regional Museums staff. All Indigenous groups in the province were approached at the outset with an invitation to participate if they wished.

To date, there have been two suggested names put forward to the Provincial Government by this committee.

The Provincial Government’s goal is to find a new name for the museum that is reflective of the content of the museum, the visitor experience it offers as a tourism attraction in this region, its history as a community museum, as well as a name that is respectful of efforts towards healing and commemoration of Indigenous Peoples histories in this province.

Get Involved

Participants will have the opportunity to select one of two names proposed by the advisory committee. Additional space will be provided for participants to submit their own recommended name.

Thank you in advance for your participation.

Online Questionnaire

This questionnaire will be available until Wednesday, December 22, 2021. It should take you approximately 5 minutes to complete this questionnaire.

If you have any questions related to this questionnaire or require an alternate format, please contact The Rooms by email at museum@therooms.ca or by calling 1-709-757-8020.

Click here to complete the questionnaire

Written Submissions

If you prefer to participate with a written contribution, you can download the form by clicking here and either fill out a copy of questionnaire or prepare a letter/submission responding to the questions. 

The deadline for written submissions is Wednesday, December 22, 2021.

Written submissions can be sent by:

Mail:                            Attention: Kate Wolforth, Acting Director Museums and Galleries
                                    The Rooms Corporation of Newfoundland and Labrador
                                    P.O. Box 1800
                                    St. John's, NL A1C 5P9 

 Fax:                           709-757-8017

 Email:                       museum@therooms.ca

Engagement Materials

More information about the Mary March Provincial Museum can be found here

How will your input be used?

The information we receive will be reviewed by The Rooms Corporation of Newfoundland and Labrador.  All feedback will be considered by Monday, January 31, 2022.. A summary of responses will be made available on The Rooms website.

Privacy Statement

Please do not include your name or any information that could identify you. The collection of information is done under the authority of section 61(c) of the Access to Information and Protection of Privacy Act, 2015, for the purpose of collecting public feedback on the renaming of the Mary March Provincial Museum.

If you have any questions about how this information will be collected, used and disclosed, please contact the ATIPP coordinator for The Rooms at 757-8030. 

Contact Us

If you have any questions or additional comments regarding the renaming of the Mary March Provincial Museum, please contact The Rooms by email at museum@therooms.ca or by phone 1-709-757-8020.