Approved projects submitted as part of the 2022 call for proposals | Digital Museums Canada

Approved projects submitted as part of the 2022 call for proposals

15 May 2023

We’re delighted to announce that 19 new projects submitted as part of the 2022 call for proposals were approved for investment.

We received 59 proposals from museums, heritage, cultural and Indigenous organizations across the country. A total of 39 proposals were submitted for Medium and Large Investment funding and 20 proposals were submitted for Small Investment funding.

The 2023 call for proposals opens June 15.


Medium and Large Investments

(Note: Project titles may change)

Montréal, Capital City: An Interactive Experience

Pointe-à-Callière: Cité d’archéologie et d’histoire de Montréal
Travel back in time to wander the streets of Montréal in 1848, when the city was the capital of the Province of Canada, precursor to the country we know today. Explore a wealth of information on the country, the city, its institutions, and its citizens in this unprecedented and historically accurate reconstruction.

Museum Mission at the Sherbrooke Museum of Nature and Science

Musée de la nature et des sciences de Sherbrooke
In this game, participants solve clues to guide an animator through the Museum in search of a valuable artifact. The project offers five thematic missions, each aimed at a different grade level. The clues require careful thought and/or interaction, and incorrect answers can use up valuable time. Between challenges, the animator explores the theme in greater depth.

A Fading Signal: The Distant Early Warning Line and Canada’s Cold War in the Arctic

Diefenbunker: Canada’s Cold War Museum
Canada fought an intangible enemy in its Arctic Cold War. Through this interactive online platform, learn about North America’s first lines of Cold War defence: The Distant Early Warning (DEW) Line. Explore rarely seen documents, footage and interviews from these disappearing historic sites in the Arctic, learn of the people who waited on the line, and remember the communities left when no threat came.


SS Atlantic Heritage Park Society
Lifeline immerses the public in the aftermath of the cold, dark and early hours of April 1, 1873, when the SS Atlantic crashed into a rock on the coast of Nova Scotia with nearly 1,000 people on board. A small team of villagers rescued and cared for more than 400 survivors and buried 550 bodies. Row against the tide and navigate the waters in search of story fragments, piecing them together to understand the impact of this tragedy.

Digital Interactive Storytelling through WAG – Qaumajuq’s Visible Vault

The Winnipeg Art Gallery
The WAG-Qaumajuq will partner with the Pinnguaq Association to create a unique online gaming experience that offers digital interactive storytelling in connection with WAG-Qaumajuq’s visible vault. Co-designed and developed with Inuit from within Winnipeg and around Inuit Nunangat, this project is primarily designed for educational use and also serves as a resource for visitors of all ages, locations and cultural backgrounds.

Hidden Winnipeg

Winnipeg Architecture Foundation
Hidden Winnipeg invites visitors to immerse themselves and uncover the hidden histories that helped shape modern architecture in Winnipeg. Visitors will discover architectural drawings, oral histories, films, photographs, and more to learn about the materials, technologies and people who helped shape the city’s urban landscape between 1945 and 1975.

Manuels River Virtual Tour

Manuels River Community Inc
The beautiful River Valley Trails System at Manuels River tells an amazing story of the history of the world: its geology, primordial inhabitants, evolution, tectonic geography, and the history and heritage of the community. This online project will share this history with a wider audience through a fun and engaging virtual tour.

A Beacon in Neon: A Gay Minister and a Montréal Sign Spectacular

Concordia University – Montréal Signs Project
The Reverend Arlen John Bonnar has for many years been a beacon of hope for Montréal’s downtrodden, as embodied in his church’s magnificent 1940s neon spectacular sign, which beckoned the city’s neediest for more than 58 years. This virtual exhibit reflects on the inspiring history of an older gay man who, through his ministry and convictions, has lit the way to relief and succour for so many.

Transformers: Art Making in the World of NFTs

Harbourfront Centre
Transformers provides a glimpse of the current NFT art landscape, explores the impact of NFT art on artists as they transition, examines the relationship between NFT and traditional mediums, and offers resources and educational material on how artists can work with NFTs as a medium.

Remembering Montréal’s Famine Irish

Black Rock Montreal Irish Monument Park Foundation
Remembering Montréal’s Famine Irish tells the story of Famine Irish emigrants and their Canadian caregivers at the Black Rock memorial site in 1847. Using newly discovered archaeological evidence and eyewitness accounts, it builds on the Foundation’s mission to honour Montréalers such as the Grey Nuns, Mayor John Easton Mills, and Kanyen’kehà:ka First Nation members who risked and often gave their lives to help alleviate emigrant suffering during Canada’s worst public health crisis.

The Architecture of Light: Stained-Glass Windows at the Acadian Appreciation Monument

MR 21 Monument de la reconnaissance au 21 ième siècle Inc
Reflecting the built heritage of Acadia, the stained–glass masterpieces featured in this exhibition are unique to Atlantic Canada, and unlike any others in North America. Yet they and their creator — artist Auguste Labouret — remain relatively unknown. In this exhibition, visitors are invited to explore the art of stained glass and the history of Acadia, as well as the stories of those who helped shape it.


Small investment

(Note: Project titles may change)

100 Years of Congregation Shaar Hashomayim in Westmount

Congregation Shaar Hashomayim, Archives & Museum
In 2022, Congregation Shaar Hashomayim — Canada’s second oldest synagogue — marked a milestone occasion of 100 years in its Westmount (Montréal) building. Founded in 1846, the synagogue has had a long and illustrious history, and its story is intimately tied with that of Canadian Jewry itself. Dive into the fascinating story of “the Shaar” and learn about the congregation’s origins, its past 100 years in Westmount, and its contributions to Montréal and Canadian history.

Celebrate with Us: The Story of the Fêtes du Vieux-Saint-Eustache

Patrimoine culturel Vieux-Saint-Eustache (entité légale : Corporation du Moulin Légaré)
For almost a decade, the Fêtes du Vieux-Saint-Eustache brought together local residents and visitors. Created in 1973, this celebrated festival offered an entire generation great performances and activities, while also showcasing local history, heritage and expertise. This exhibition invites visitors to dive into the heart of the festival, while also examining its enduring impact on the Quebec town.

BADO – French Canada at the Tip of a Pen

The Vanier Museopark
Working under the pen name BADO, editorial cartoonist Guy Badeaux has published nearly 10,000 drawings since joining the newspaper Le Droit in 1981. This exhibition explores his work and his creative process in response to events that have shaped French Canada over the past 40 years — at the local, provincial and national levels.

Finding Their Voices – The Women Journalists of La Mauricie

Appartenance Mauricie Société d’histoire régionale
Although women are well represented in the editorial offices of Quebec’s La Mauricie today, that wasn’t always the case. Beginning in 1910, this exhibition explores the lives and careers of La Mauricie’s pioneering female journalists, how they began taking their place in newsrooms, and how they continue to inspire women in the media more than a century later.

The Art of Medicine: The History of Medical Illustration in Montréal

McGill University Health Centre
Medical illustration has been integral to teaching and research in hospitals and universities. Predominated by women, this medical field had to struggle for recognition and respect throughout the 20th century. The Art of Medicine dives into the large collection of archival material held by the McGill University Health Centre, exploring how the field of medical art has changed with technology, and celebrating the women who pioneered this trade in Montréal and the modern medical field.

From Coal to Community: A Century of Coal Mining in the Bow Valley

Centennial Museum Society of Canmore
Alberta’s Bow Valley is rich in coal resources. For more than 100 years, mining fueled the development of communities along the Canadian Pacific Railway. From Coal to Community tells the story of immigrants who came to the Bow Valley to work in coal mines and the communities they built in the shadow of Canada’s iconic Rocky Mountains. The work was dirty and dangerous, sometimes plentiful, and at times non-existent. With ingenuity and determination, they not only survived but thrived.

The Early Lebanese Community in Newfoundland

Heritage NL
The Lebanese community has a long history in the province of Newfoundland and Labrador that is not often commemorated. This virtual exhibit delves deeper into the story behind many well-known local businesses across the province, exploring how one group of immigrants built a unique sense of place while retaining cultural ties to its ancestral homeland.

European Traces in the War of 1812

Lithuanian Museum Archives of Canada
What do Napoleon, the Grand Duchy of Lithuania, and the War of 1812 in North America have in common? Ninety-nine men — and this is their story.

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