Cultural diversity

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Le canada défend la diversité culturelle

Entrevue de Mme Sheila Copps,  ministre du patrimoine canadien
afrik.com  - 13 octobre 2003 – 2003/10/13

AFRIK.COM - 13 octobre 2003 – 2003/10/13

When asked about Canada’s commitment to defending cultural diversity, Ms Copps stated, “For us, cultural diversity means remaining open to the world’s many cultural influences and products while sharing our stories and making our voices heard. We believe that cultural diversity is a source of creativity and innovation, as well as an agent of social cohesion and economic development. It is as crucial to the wellbeing and future of humanity as biodiversity is to the health of the planet.” In this perspective, she indicated that the first Canadian Forum on Cultural Enterprise will be held in Paris on January 12 to 14, 2004. This international meeting will bring together arts and culture entrepreneurs from Canada, Europe, and francophone Africa. Ms Copps explained that this Forum reflects Canada’s commitment “to promoting the export of cultural products and services, as well as cultural diversity at the international level.” According to Ms Copps, the challenge of penetrating foreign markets is particularly great for businesses in developing countries, which do not have the same support structures or infrastructures as businesses in industrialized countries. In this respect, she stressed that “whether helping to strengthen the cultural policy–making abilities of governments, supporting the promotion and presentation of the arts, or fostering audiovisual production, Canada is actively involved in multilateral partnerships with many African countries.” (Available in French only)