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National Poetry Contest on ''Refugees & Human Rights'' !
To raise awareness on Human Rights and to reflect on the situation of the refugees, the Canadian Commission for UNESCO, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and COSTI Immigrant Services are inviting students grade 4 to 12 to write a poem on the theme of ''Refugees and Human Rights''.
The winners’ poems will be read at an award ceremony on World Refugee Day on June 20, 2016! Participants can also win many interesting prizes such as an iPad mini! Deadline: April 29, 2016
Entry Form [PDF, 335.9 KB] / Official Poster [PDF, 570.3 KB] / Bilingual Brochure [PDF, 385.5 KB] / Prizes [PDF, 271.1 KB]
Read the 2015 winning poems, including poems from UNESCO Schools students
CCUNESCO Networks contribute to a Canadian publication on Climate Change!
The UNESCO Chair for Dialogues on Sustainability (McGill) has launched the e-publication ‘‘Acting on Climate Change: Extending the dialogue among Canadians’’. This collection of texts is a response to ‘‘Acting on Climate Change: Solutions from Canadian Scholars’’, a publication released earlier this year. CCUNESCO has led the inclusion of perspectives from youth and local communities through its Youth Advisory Group and Biosphere Reserves. The publications were also presented to students from theUNESCO Associated Schools Network across Canada via webinars.
Download the publication
The conclusion text is a Call to Action produced by the two students from Manicouagan-Uapishka Biosphere Reserve, who participated in the latest Students on Ice Arctic Expedition through the support of CCUNESCO and the Government of Quebec. This very inspiring video on the topic has been presented at the 9th UNESCO Youth Forum (Paris, October 26-28):
Fall 2015 represents a turning point in the field of Education both nationally and internationally
While world leaders were adopting the Sustainable Development Goals in September, UNESCO has committed to ensuring inclusive and equitable quality education and promoting lifelong learning opportunities for all (Goal #4).
In this short newsletter, CCUNESCO wishes to highlight some recent publications as well as education-related events taking place in Canada.
Canada Returns Cultural Property to Lebanon
In July 2015, the Government of Canada formally returned a 6th century BCE Phoenician antiquity to the Government of the Republic of Lebanon. The return was made in accordance with Canada’s obligations under the 1970 UNESCO Convention on the Means of Prohibiting and Preventing the Illicit Import, Export and Transfer of Ownership of Cultural Property to which Lebanon is also a signatory. The Convention is the first international instrument dedicated to the fight against illicit trafficking of cultural property and requires the repatriation of illegal exportations. As of July 2015, 129 states are parties to the Convention.
About the artifact (Photo: Canadian Conservation Institute)
The antiquity, an exquisite glass pendant in the shape of a man’s head, was intercepted by Canada’s customs officials when it was brought to Canada in 2006. The import was assessed by the Department of Canadian Heritage under the Cultural Property Export and Import Act and a Federal Court determined that the antiquity was illegally imported into Canada.The return marks the 20th return by Canada to a fellow State Party to the 1970 Convention, and the first return of cultural property to Lebanon.
See related article by CBC News
CTV National News Chief Anchor Lisa LaFlamme is first Canadian appointed to prestigious UNESCO/ World Press Freedom jury
Lisa LaFlamme, the Chief Anchor and Senior Editor for CTV National News, has been appointed to the international jury that will select the 2016 winner of the UNESCO/Guillermo Cano World Press Freedom Prize. She is the first Canadian journalist to be appointed to the 11-person jury in the history of the award. “The Canadian Commission for UNESCO is delighted that a leader in the Canadian journalism community has been named to the 2016 jury. She’s an excellent choice, given her vast experience in international affairs and her commitment to raising awareness for, and defending the importance of free and independent media and the respect of human rights.” - Louise Filiatrault, Secretary-General, Canadian Commission for UNESCO
Read more … [PDF, 507.3 KB]
Fill out this survey by no later than October 2, 2015
In preparation for the 9th UNESCO Youth Forum (October 26-28, 2015), we want to hear what young Canadians think about:
The results of this survey will identify a set of youth-led recommendations in preparation for the 9th UNESCO Youth Forum to be held in Paris under the theme “Young Global Citizens for a Sustainable Planet”. The Forum will focus on how young women and men, as global citizens, can contribute to building sustainability, from the global to the local level.
This will also provide a strategic opportunity for UNESCO to connect these youth voices with the new Sustainable Development Goals – SDGs (September 2015) and at the 21st Conference of Parties (COP 21) of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change - UNFCCC (30 November – 11 December 2015).
The Canadian Commission for UNESCO partners with the 2015 Students on Ice Arctic Expedition!
SOI is driven by a passion for the Polar Regions and believe in the power of connecting youth to nature. Education is the foundation of the SOI approach to inspire and support youth by providing them the necessary tools to instill positive change in their communities and around the world.
Through an Aboriginal Arts Residency (pilot) supported by the Canada Council for the Arts and CCUNESCO, the Canadian artist - Jaime Koebel is taking part in the Expedition. Through artistic expression, Ms. Koebel will explore with youth participants the relationship between people, the land, culture and nature.
''The program creates awareness among students and staff about Arctic Indigenous People, their history, culture, current issues and opportunities … ''Blog- Jaime Koebel
Follow the Expedition on Instagram ! Discover the Arctic and the impact of climate change through the eyes of 2 youths from a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve, Corine Cadoret and Noah Picard-Simon, on this inspiring and life-changing journey!
CCUNESCO NOW ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS FOR ITS YOUTH ADVISORY GROUP (YAG)!
The Canadian Commission for UNESCO (CCUNESCO) is seeking engaged youth, aged between 18-30, to join its Youth Advisory Group from the provinces of:
• Nova Scotia
• New Brunswick
• Prince Edward Island
• Northern Territories
Members of the Youth Advisory Group:
• identify the issues and concerns of youth in their communities;
• provide recommendations and help CCUNESCO develop local initiatives and activities;
• take part in UNESCO-related events, such as the Annual General Meeting and the UNESCO Youth Forum;
• act as liaisons between their organizations and networks and CCUNESCO;
• develop and support initiatives that relate to UNESCO’s work in Canada;
• support one another through a network that unites young people with similar interests and convictions.
If interested, please submit your application form [DOCX, 218.9 KB] along with your CV before July 31, 2015 to email@example.com.
*Priority will be given to youth already connected to CCUNESCO members or programs (i.e. UNESCO Associated Schools, UNESCO World Heritage Sites, UNESCO Biosphere Reserves, the Canadian Coalition of Municipalities Against Racism & Discrimination (CCMARD), UNESCO Chairs, etc.)
Advancing Equity And Inclusion: A Guide for Municipalities
''ADVANCING EQUITY AND INCLUSION: A GUIDE FOR MUNICIPALITIES'' is a compendium of promising practices aiming at engaging different community stakeholders in the development of more sustainable, equitable and inclusive cities. CCUNESCO is proud to support this initiative by City for All Women Initiative (CAWI) and wishes to highlight the contribution of signatory municipalities of the Canadian Coalition of Municipalities against Racism and Discrimination! Have a look!
Refugees and Human Rights
Student Poetry Contest:
The winners announced!
Again this year, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) in Canada, in collaboration with the Canadian Commission for UNESCO (CCUNESCO), has organized a pan Canadian poetry contest in celebration of both the March 21, 2015 UNESCO World Poetry Day and the upcoming June 20, 2015 UN World Refugee Day.
The contest invited students from Grades 4 to 12 to express their feelings on the theme of refugee and human rights issues and use art as both a form of expression and a way to engage on important social themes.
CCUNESCO wishes to congratulate the 18 winners of this year’s edition, of which 8 are UNESCO schools students! Please take a look at their touching and inspiring poems!
Win tickets to Zukerman, Shaham & Mahler’s First on June 4 at 8 pm in the National Arts Centre’s Southam Hall. The performance will be dedicated to UNESCO’s 70th anniversary. Contest details here [PDF, 54 KB].
Launch of the 2015 Education for All Global Monitoring Report!
The 2015 Global Monitoring Report – Education for All 2000-2015: Achievements and Challenges provides a complete assessment of what has (and has not) been achieved since the adoption of the 6 Education for All goals in 2000. The report also identifies key lessons for shaping the post-2015 global education agenda. The Canadian launch of the report will be held during the Canadian Commission for UNESCO’s Annual General Meeting.
Details: June 5, 2015, Canadian War Museum, Ottawa
RSVP: Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
To commemorate the 10th Anniversary of the Canadian Coalition of Municipalities against Racism and Discrimination (CCMARD), the Canadian Commission for UNESCO has commissioned the publication of a special edition of Canadian Diversity entitled “The Fight is Ours: The Potential of Municipalities to Eliminate Discrimination”. The issue draws together contributions of a broad range of stakeholders (municipalities, researchers and organizations) to reflect on the work, challenges and successes of municipalities in the field of antidiscrimination and look forward to the next decade of CCMARD in Canada. Canadian Diversity is published by the Association for Canadian Studies (ACS).
Signatory municipalities are celebrating the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination [PDF, 969.9 KB]
CCUNESCO President appointed to the Order of Canada!
Ms. Christina Cameron receives this prestigious honour for her contributions to heritage preservation through her work with Parks Canada, with UNESCO’s World Heritage Convention, and as a Professor and Chairholder, Canada Research Chair on Built Heritage, School of Architecture, Faculté de l’aménagement, Université de Montréal.
October 27th is UNESCO World Day for Audiovisual Heritage
“Archives at Risk: Much more to do”
Audiovisual documents such as films, radio and television programs, audio and video recordings, contain the primary records of the 20th and 21st centuries. It is urgent that we protect it.
To mark this day the Canadian Commission for UNESCO partnered with CINEMAexpo67, Cinématheque Québécoise, NFB, and the City of Montréal for the event Polar Life. Polar life is one of Expo 67's most ingenious multiscreen experiments. The Expo 67 films attracted worldwide attention and over 50 million visitors during its exhibition from April 22 to October 27 1967. Polar Life is the first of a series of re-creations that will lead up to the 50th 2017 of Expo 67.
Did you know that IMAX is a Canadian invention?
Come meet with Graeme Ferguson co-founder of IMAX at the Cinematheque québécoise, November 1st at 2 pm.
World Teachers’ Day 2014: Invest in the future, invest in teachers!
On October 5th, UNESCO and its partners invite you all to help spread the message that investing in our teachers is key. As countries are shaping the post-2015 development agenda, it is essential that teachers remain a priority. Fostering high-quality and inclusive lifelong learning for all is not only essential to developing more just and equitable societies, but also to strengthen education systems worldwide. An education system, after all is only as good as its teachers.
Learn more about WTD and UNESCO’s priorities in Education
Share your plans and put your Canadian event on the map!
Themes to be discussed
The Revision of the Recommendation on the Status of Scientific Researchers (1974).
The convergence of technologies and their implications for sustainable development.
Ethical governance of science and technology as ways to address global inequalities.
Organised by the Commission de l’éthique en science et en technologie du Québec and UNESCO in collaboration with the Quebec Governement, the Canadian Commission for UNESCO, and Laval University.
To register and attend (at no cost) the COMEST session please send an email to : email@example.com
More information : 8th extraordinary session of COMEST
Please note that the COMEST meeting will be followed by a symposium on water security, on October 3.
Danika Billie Littlechild appointed Vice-President of the Canadian Commission for UNESCO
''Canada Council for the Arts is proud to announce the appointment of Danika Billie Littlechild. She is the first Aboriginal person to be appointed to the Bureau of the Executive Committee of the Canadian Commission for UNESCO in its almost sixty years of existence. Danika has been contributing to the work of the CCU since 2003 on a range of issues including youth, culture, the environment and human rights. Her experience and knowledge will continue to enrich the accomplishments of the Commission.'' said Christina Cameron, President of the Canadian Commission for UNESCO. Ms. Littlechild takes up her duties immediately. (Photo: Kelly Bell)
International Youth Day 2014: Mental Health Matters
The theme of International Youth Day 2014 is ’’Youth and Mental Health‘‘. Youth with mental health conditions can often experience stigma and discrimination, which in turn can lead to exclusion. On August 12, let’s take action to overcome this stigma and ensure that young people with mental health conditions can lead full and healthy lives, free of isolation and unnecessary shame. Let’s talk about inclusion! #InternationalYouthDay #MentalHealthMatters
Learn more about IYD and the UN Campaign on Youth and Mental Health
Have a look at the International Youth Day 2014 Map of Events
8th UNESCO Youth Forum: Recommendations and Operational Strategy on Youth 2014-2021!
The Commission wishes to thank the Canadian Youth Delegates, Ms. Betsy Leimbigler and Claire Paetkau, for their outstanding contribution to the 8th UNESCO Youth Forum held in Paris, from October 29-31, 2013. The national consultations, in which they took part in preparation of the Forum, enabled them to bring to the world stage Canadian perspectives on youth and social inclusion. This in turn meaningfully contributed to the elaboration of final recommendations which were approved at the end of this international event. These recommendations are now guiding the implementation of the newly released UNESCO Operational Strategy on Youth 2014-2021.
Learn more about the Youth Forum and UNESCO Youth Program
Louise Filiatrault is named Secretary-General of the Canadian Commission for UNESCO
The Canada Council for the Arts is very pleased to announce the appointment of Louise Filiatrault as the Secretary-General of the Canadian Commission for UNESCO, beginning September 2, 2014.
“Ms. Filiatrault brings to this position a deep content knowledge of culture and heritage. Her interest and expertise in communication, reinforcing networks and leveraging new technologies will advance the Canada Council’s and the Canadian Commission’s strategic priorities,” said Mr. Simon Brault, Director and CEO of the Canada Council.
“I strongly believe that Ms. Filiatrault’s demonstrated capacity to collaborate with partners to develop content and deliver programs to a wide range of stakeholders will assist in advancing UNESCO’s values and programs in Canada,” said Christina Cameron, President, Canadian Commission for UNESCO.
Christina Cameron is named President of the Canadian Commission for UNESCO
Ottawa-July 04, 2014- The Canada Council for the Arts is very pleased to announce the appointment of Christina Cameron as President of the Canadian Commission for UNESCO. Her term began at the Commission's Annual General Meeting held in Victoria from June 5 to 7, 2014. She was appointed for a term of 2 years, renewable once. Ms. Cameron was formerly Vice-President of the Commission from 2010 to 2014.
read more [PDF, 154.8 KB].
June 21st is National Aboriginal Day!
On June 21st, Canadians from all walks of life are invited to celebrate diverse cultures and heritage and outstanding achievements of First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples in Canada. National Aboriginal Day, proclaimed by Governor General Roméo Leblanc in 1996, is celebrated through events taking place from coast to coast to coast.
Youth from the Youth Advisory Group and from the Songhees community at the 54th AGM © Jimmy Ung
The Canadian Commission for UNESCO is dedicated to promoting intercultural and inclusive dialogue among all Canadians with the ultimate goals of fostering peace and striving for equity. On June 21st, let’s celebrate the different ways of seeing the world and let’s learn from one another!
Learn more about the Governor General’s Proclamation
Read the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples
World Refugee Day 2014: 1 refugee family without shelter is too many
On June 20th, the United Nations and countless civic groups around the world celebrate World Refugee Day (WRD). This celebration is to honour the courage, strength and determination of women, men and children who are forced to flee their homes under threat of persecution. In 2013, millions of families in Syria, the Central African Republic and South Sudan, amongst others, were forced to flee their homes due to armed conflicts. The 2014 WRD campaign invites individuals throughout the world to tell their refugee stories. The Canadian Commission for UNESCO has done the same through a cross-Canada poetry contest organized in partnership with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) in Canada.
Learn more about World Refugee Day and share your refugee story!
Events taking place across Canada on June 20, 2014
Poetry for Refugees and Human Rights
The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) in Canada, in collaboration with the Canadian Commission for UNESCO (CCU), has organized a cross-Canada poetry contest in celebration of both the March 21, 2014 UNESCO World Poetry Day and with perspective on the upcoming June 20, 2014 UN World Refugee Day. The contest provided some 200 students from Grades 7 to 12 with the opportunity to express their feelings on the theme of refugee and human rights issues and use art as both a form of expression and a way to engage on important social themes.
Learn more about the contest and the winners
The Canadian Commission for UNESCO connects Canadians with the work of UNESCO. Its aim is to create a society in which Canadians share knowledge and learn from each other, locally and globally, in order to build peaceful, equitable and sustainable futures. Learn more about the Commission’s activities and future plans in its 2013-2014 Report on activities and Strategic plan [PDF, 226.7 KB] presented at the Annual General Meeting, June 6 2014.
Join the team!
The Canadian Commission for UNESCO is looking for a Administrative Coordinator and Assistant to the Secretary-General, more info
The Canadian Commission for UNESCO and the Canada Council for the Arts invite you to celebrate International Jazz Day 2014 in the premises of the Canada Council. Join us in the entrance hall of the 150 Elgin Street, Ottawa, on Wednesday April 30th, 2014, from 12:00 -1:00 pm and jazz up your lunch!
Simon Brault named New Director and CEO of the Canada Council for the Arts
The Canadian Commission for UNESCO welcomes the appointment by the Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages of Simon Brault as the new Director and CEO of the Canada Council for the Arts. In 1957, the Canadian Commission for UNESCO was established by the Canada Council for the Arts, a federal Crown corporation, following the Canada Council for the Arts ACT and an Order-in-Council.
”Simon has been a tireless champion of public engagement in the arts. We believe this is vital to the sustainability of the Canadian arts sector. The Canada Council will benefit from the vision of such a forward-looking and credible individual. Simon’s intellect and creativity will help set a strong course for the Canada Council’s future.‘‘ - Mr. Joseph L. Rotman, Chair of the Canada Council. Mr. Brault will assume the role on June 26, 2014 for a 5-year term.
The Canadian Commission for UNESCO is pleased to announce the Canadian launch of the Education for All Global Monitoring Report. Entitled Teaching and learning: Achieving quality for all, this year’s edition sounds the alarm on a worldwide learning crisis. This report is particularly relevant in the post-2015 context as it presents 10 education development strategies for all while showing world decision-makers the social and economic value of quality education. The launch is part of the Revisioning Education for All conference to be held in Toronto from March 10 to 15, 2014.
To learn more…
Professor Kieffer, Director at the Douglas Institute in Montreal, awarded the International L’Oréal-UNESCO Prize!
The Canadian Commission for UNESCO would like to congratulate Professor Brigitte Kieffer, Scientific Director of the Douglas Mental Health University Institute Research Centre, McGill University, Montreal, for her L’Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science Award.
Photo: UNESCO website
Each year, five outstanding women scientists (one per continent) are honoured for the their research, the strength of their commitments and their positive impact on society. The L’Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science 2014 Awards Ceremony will be held on March 19, 2014 at the Sorbonne in Paris (France). It will be presided by Professor Günter Blobel, 1999 Nobel Prize in Medicine. Irina Bokova, Director-General of UNESCO, and Jean-Paul Agon, Chairman and CEO of L’Oréal and Chairman of the L’Oréal Foundation, will also participate.
Find out more on Professor Kieffer and the Douglas Institute
The Right Honourable Adrienne Clarkson Pays tribute to Women in Radio
February 13 is World Radio Day [PDF, 201.4 KB]. On this occasion, former Governor General of Canada the right Honorable Adrienne Clarkson joins the Canadian Commission for UNESCO and invites Canadians to celebrate the power of this media as a means to achieve cultural outreach, freedom of expression, and social transformation.
Press Release [PDF, 201.4 KB]
Audio message: mp3 [MP3, 2.2 MB] wav [WAV, 6.3 MB]
L’Oréal Canada and the Canadian Commission for UNESCO honoured Canadian women researchers
On November 28, distinguished Canadian women researchers were honoured and rewarded by L’Oréal Canada and the Canadian Commission for UNESCO as part of the L’Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science Programme. The 11th National Awards Ceremony, who took place at the Embassy of France, showcased the work of the 2013 laureates, Dr. Évemie Dubé and Dr. Laura McKinnon, and highlighted their scientific excellence in research. Both outstanding and talented scientists were recognized for the contribution of their research, their commitment to overcome the global challenges of tomorrow and for their contribution to the advancement of UNESCO’s ideals in science. A Mentor fellowship was also awarded to a UNESCO associated schools student. For more information on the programme, visit the For Women in Science website, and watch the 2013 promotional video.
Let's celebrate the 150th anniversary of Constantine Cavafy!
The Embassy of Greece, the Canadian Commission for UNESCO and the Parnassos Hellenic Cultural Society of Ottawa, in collaboration with the Museum of Classical Antiquities of the University of Ottawa, are pleased to invite you for an evening of poetry in celebration of the 150th anniversary of Constantine Cavafy (1863-1933). UNESCO is associated with this celebration because Cavafy was instrumental in the revival and recognition of Greek poetry. He is also credited with establishing many facets of 20th century European poetry.
The Canadian Commission for UNESCO participates at the 8th UNESCO Youth Forum
The Canadian Commission for UNESCO participates at the 8th UNESCO Youth Forum from Oct. 29th to 31st 2013 in Paris, France. Check out the Blog of the Canadian Youth Delegation, Betsy Leimbigler and Claire Paetkau who will be taking you step by step through the process of preparation and consultation for the Youth Forum, and also providing updates as the Forum takes place.
The Canadian Commission for UNESCO in collaboration with the Canadian Biosphere Reserves Association and the University of Saskatchewan has produced a publication aimed at demonstrating how collective efforts and knowledge sharing can be beneficial to biodiversity conservation, sustainable development, and education. The publication entitled Learning from each other: proven good practices in Canadian Biosphere reserves will be launched on the occasion of the EuroMAB 2013 conference, to be hosted by the Frontenac Arch Biosphere, in Brockville, Ontario, from October 15-19, 2013.
International Day of Peace! Education for Peace!
21 September is International Day of Peace (IDP). Education is the foundation of any lasting peace. ''Education fosters the culture of dialogue that is necessary to resolve conflicts.''-Message from Irina Bokova on the occasion of IDP 2013 . Peace Day provides an opportunity for individuals, organizations and nations to create practical acts of peace on a shared date. To learn more about this initiative and be inspired, visit the United Nations website.
Happy United Nation's International Youth Day to all !
This year’s theme of “Youth Migration: Moving Development Forward” is set to raise awareness of the challenges and opportunities that migration presents for young people globally. The Canadian Commission for UNESCO is proud to support youth engagement across the country. One way of doing it is through the participation of its Youth Advisory Group’s composed of 25 members. This fall, the Commission will provide support for two youth delegates to travel to Paris in order to attend the 8th UNESCO Youth Forum and carry the voices of Canadian youth. The Commission is also proud to support the Associated Schools Project Network’s (ASPnet) 62 member schools in Canada as the program celebrates its 60th anniversary in 2013. Through this commitment, youth are being inspired, engaged and given the opportunity to speak up and participate in building both their communities and a world of peace.
To learn more, visit: United Nations International Youth Day.
The Alberta Museums Association (AMA) and the Canadian Commission for UNESCO are pleased to present the AMA’s 2013 Conference dedicated to the exploration of Intangible Cultural Heritage (ICH), to be held in Edmonton, Alberta, from September 19th-21th, 2013. The conference entitled ’’Landscapes to languages: What shapes us?’’ will cover topics such as oral traditions and expressions, performing arts and social practices, traditional craftsmanship, and knowledge and practices concerning nature and the universe. On this occasion, the Commission will be leading a symposium aimed at fostering the discussion around the importance of culture in our society and will be featuring presentations by recognized experts including members of the Commission. For more information about the program, please visit the event page.
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