Cultural diversity

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Le projet de Convention de l’UNESCO sur diversité des expressions culturelles à la Rencontre des ministres fédéral, provinciaux et territoriaux responsables de la culture et du patrimoine au Canada : " Une nouvelle ère de collaboration"

Secrétariat des conférences intergouvernementales canadiennes, le 30 octobre 2004 - 2004/10/30

Federal, provincial, and territorial ministers responsible for culture and heritage met on October 29 and 30, 2004, in Halifax, Nova Scotia for a conference co-chaired by Canadian heritage minister Liza Frulla and Nova Scotia tourism, culture, and heritage minister Rodney MacDonald to discuss common issues surrounding the "role of arts, culture, cultural industries and heritage in strengthening social and economic growth at the community level: Investing in creativity." During the conference, Minister Frulla underlined the importance that Canada gives to the promotion of the diversity of cultural expressions on the international scene, and invited her provincial and territorial colleagues to work together in this regard: "We must work together to help our artists’ voices be heard, to open up more avenues for artistic expression, and to promote our culture both inside and outside our borders,” declared Minister Frulla.

In response to Minister Frulla’s invitation, all Ministers adopted a resolution supporting Canada’s position in favour of the adoption of an International Convention on the Protection of the Diversity of Cultural Contents and Artistic Expressions by UNESCO in 2005, in the following terms: “Noting the significant efforts deployed internationally by governments in partnership with members of civil society to develop and adopt a Convention on the Diversity of Cultural Contents and Artistic Expressions at The United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), the Federal, Provincial and Territorial Ministers responsible for Culture and Heritage pledge their renewed collaborative efforts toward the elaboration of the Convention, which would reiterate the right of governments to adopt cultural policies.” ( Disponible Available also in French and English ) [80]