Indigenous Living Heritage in Canada

September 23, 2020

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Indigenous Living Heritage in Canada, CCUNESCO 2020


This reflection paper explores the unique qualities of Indigenous Cultural Heritage (ICH) in Canada and current approaches to recognizing and safeguarding it. This work is considered within larger frameworks of cultural landscapes, ongoing ICH work in Canada, and the 2003 Convention as a resource for recognizing and protecting ICH. 

Prepared By

Karen Aird, First Peoples’ Cultural Council and Gretchen Fox, Fox Cultural Research for Canadian Commission for UNESCO’s Idea Lab.

Contributing Organizations

UNESCO, Canadian Commission for UNESCO

Referenced Legislation

United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP)

Suggested Use & Distribution

This report offers valuable insight for cultural program leaders, community leaders & local government representatives in guiding new ICH initiatives.