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Cultural diversity with the OAS’ Second Inter-American Meeting of Ministers of Culture and Highest Appropriate Authorities – Mission Overview

Cultural diversity with the OAS’ Second Inter-American Meeting of Ministers of Culture and Highest Appropriate Authorities – Mission Overview

Mme Liza Frulla, ministre du Patrimoine canadien, Ottawa, le 24 août 2004 - 2004/08/24

During bilateral meetings at the Second Inter-American Meeting of Ministers of Culture and Highest Appropriate Authorities of Americas, Canadian heritage minister Ms Liza Frulla engaged in meaningful dialogue with other ministers, notably representatives from Argentina, Brazil, Chili, Haiti, Mexico, and the U.S. She asserted that “cultural diversity is about affirming our right to foster and promote our artists, while balancing the need to be open to creative influences from around the world.” Summarizing the results obtained by the Canadian delegation, Ms Frulla added “it is essential that we continue pushing Canada's agenda on cultural diversity. Every nation has the right to promote the expression of their culture, at home and abroad.” This is why “the Government of Canada has clearly asserted its role as a leader in developing an international convention on cultural diversity” and intends to “continue to work with all its partners in the arts and culture sectors, as well as provincial and territorial governments, to continue and stimulate international dialogue in this regard.” [69] (Available in French and English)