November 3, 2017

Remarkable additions to the Memory of the World Register & the UNESCO Creative Cities Network

The Canadian Commission for UNESCO is very pleased to announce two new Canadian inscriptions to the Memory of the World International Register. First, the documentary heritage of Marshall McLuhan, submitted by Library and Archives Canada & University of Toronto Libraries; McLuhan’s work, with his innovative concepts such as the "global village", has been used time and time again by UNESCO in order to further our understanding of the impact of media on our societies. Secondly, the documentary series Le son des Français d'Amérique, by Michel Brault and André Gladu, submitted by the Cinémathèque québécoise; these twenty-seven 30-minute documentaries vividly demonstrate the role played by the arts, language and traditions in the shaping of Francophone communities in America.

Furthermore, we are pleased to announce that two Canadian cities, Québec (Literature) and Toronto (Media Arts), have recently joined the UNESCO Creative Cities Network. The Network now consists of 180 cities in 72 countries, including a third Canadian city, Montréal, that joined the Network in 2006. Launched in 2004, this network aims to strengthen cooperation with and among cities that have recognized creativity as a strategic factor of sustainable urban development.


August 13, 2017

International Youth Day 2017 - Young leaders building peace

International Youth Day was on August 12. CCUNESCO and its Youth Advisory Group celebrated this year by highlighting young leaders who are working to build peace from all across Canada. Check their profiles here.

June 30, 2017

International Youth Day 2017 - Call for submissions

On the occasion of International Youth Day (12 August), the Canadian Commission for UNESCO (CCUNESCO) is looking for young motivated leaders to serve as role models for all young Canadians who are working towards conflict prevention, social inclusion, and building sustainable peace in their own schools, communities, and abroad. The call for submissions is now closed.

June 15, 2017

Canada Memory of the World Register

The Canada Memory of the World Register, which will highlight documentary heritage of profound Canadian significance, has been created. The announcement was made today by the Canadian Commission for UNESCO (CCUNESCO), in collaboration with Library and Archives Canada and the Bibliothèque et Archives nationales du Québec. See the press release.

The creation of the Canada Memory of the World Register coincides with the first Call for nominations of items to be listed in the Canadian Register as well as the formal inclusion of four pieces of Canadian documentary heritage in the UNESCO International Memory of the World Register. These are the Quebec Seminary Collection, 1623-1800 (Musée de la civilisation du Québec); the Hudson’s Bay Company Archives (Archives of Manitoba); Norman McLaren’s short film Neighbours (NFB); and materials relating to the discovery of insulin and its subsequent worldwide impact (University of Toronto).

May 19, 2017

Countering Right-Wing Extremist Radicalization

Right-wing extremism is alive and well in Canada and exists at all levels within our society. Learn more about this issue as well as what can be done to address it in Countering Right-Wing Extremist Radicalization - Where to take our policy toolkits next: In-formed and re-formed perspectives of a former violent extremist, by Daniel Gallant. Download the reflection paper.


May 3, 2017

Spies vs. Reporters: Multiple cases of police spying on reporters in Quebec

Freedom of the press is essential to a vibrant democracy. According to Reporters without Borders, Canada now ranks 22nd in the World Press Freedom Index, which represents a drop of 14 places over the last two years. On the occasion of World Press Freedom Day (May 3), CCUNESCO asked Grant Buckler, journalist and member of Canadian Journalists for Free Expression (CJFE)’s Canadian Issues Committee, to write a reflection paper on the topic. Read it here.

April 26, 2017

Dezinformatsiya: The past, present and future of ‘fake news’

We have been hearing a lot about fake news lately, but do we really know what fake news is, its origins, and why it is so prominent within our society today? Access to reliable information is crucial for democracies to flourish, which is why UNESCO and CCUNESCO are committed to raising awareness about this important issue. CCUNESCO asked Dr. Christopher Dornan from Carleton University to write a discussion paper on the topic. Read it here.