The following Mandate and By-laws were accepted at the First Annual General Meeting in January 10, 2011.
a) To develop and support a community museum and projects which celebrate, interpret, examine, and preserve the history of working people in the National Capital Region and Ottawa Valley.
b) To examine our local history in a national and international context when appropriate, prepare exhibits, organize events, provide education programs, and collect and disseminate information on workers’ organizations.
c) To identify and record places important to workers’ history in an effort to preserve their significance.
The Workers’ History Museum is dedicated to the development and preservation of workers’ history and heritage.
The Workers’ History Museum will:
• Present, promote, interpret, and preserve working class history, heritage, and culture with a special emphasis on Ottawa and the Ottawa Valley.
• Increase awareness of workers’ history and heritage among the public and target groups.
• Create long-term local and regional expertise on exhibiting workers’ history and heritage.
• Promote workers’ history and heritage in collaboration with heritage, labour, cultural, educational, and tourism organizations.
• Interpret and preserve the cultural heritage of all workers and their families in our community, including organized and non-organized workers and those for pay or otherwise.
• Foster concerted efforts among the cultural, worker heritage, and tourism fields.
The collective values governing the WHM’s development will include:
Solidarity: Support worker and labour movement issues, struggles, and campaigns.
Cooperation: Through partnerships, workers’ history will be preserved.
Honesty: Workers’ history deserves complete coverage that reveals the full truth and explores issues thoroughly.
Equity: We support the needs and interests of women and other equity seeking groups.
Responsibility: When possible, buy products and use services of unionized workplaces, or those that use fair practices.
Fairness: Staff, community, volunteers, and other stakeholders deserve to be treated well, equitably, and with respect.
The Workers’ History Museum strives to be funded through sustaining funding (MSP), memberships (institutional and individual), project-specific donations, community donations, operational grants and capital grants, profits from the boutique, and WHM-sponsored events.