IdeaLab is a series of discussion papers on current topics of interest to Canadians. These discussion papers, written by experts among our own membership and networks, are intended to provoke discussion among our partners within the Federal government and other orders of government within Canada, as well as with our international networks and partners. They also provide opportunities for intellectual exchange within our networks and with our civil society partners, which help to bring forward new perspectives of an intersectoral, cross-disciplinary nature.

Old Ways Are the New Way Forward: How Indigenous pedagogy can benefit everyone

This reflection paper argues that traditional Indigenous ways of teaching and learning are relevant not only for Indigenous people, but for the education of all people. As teachers and practitioners, the authors, Jean-Paul Restoule and Chaw-win-is, seek to explore the connection between what is sometimes referred as “new” innovations in education with the forms of teaching that originated in traditional Indigenous education ways. Read it here.

Transformative Action on Arts Education: Re-invigorating the Seoul Agenda

Arts education holds enormous potential to benefit learners and the communities in which they live. Realizing this potential is a global concern requiring the collaboration of many stakeholders. The Canadian Commission for UNESCO (CCUNESCO), the Canadian Network for Arts and Learning (CNAL), and the UNESCO Chair in Arts and Learning at Queen’s University have come together to initiate change within the Canadian context and to inspire international partners to do the same. Read it here.

Canadian Network for Arts and Learning

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. Read it here.

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 discussion paper on the topic. Read it here.

Indigenous-led Biosphere Reserves: nothing to fear

Located in the Northwest Territories in Canada, Tsá Tué is the first and only example of a biosphere reserve managed entirely by Indigenous Peoples. This world-first has significant potential to be used as a model and inspiration for other Indigenous communities hoping to achieve the same vision. Biosphere reserves are important social, cultural and economic landscapes that highlight Indigenous cultures and languages, as well as the challenges they face. This discussion paper describes the origins of this unique UNESCO Biosphere Reserve. Read it here.

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.