Canadian Heritage

Canadian Heritage

November 13, 2006 11:33 ET

Canada's New Government Hosts the Third Inter-American Meeting of Ministers of Culture and Highest Appropriate Authorities of the Organization of American States

MONTREAL, QUEBEC--(CCNMatthews - Nov. 13, 2006) - Canada will host the Third Inter-American Meeting of Ministers of Culture and Highest Appropriate Authorities of the Organization of American States from November 13 to 15, 2006 in Montreal, Quebec. The Honourable Beverley J. Oda, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Status of Women, will chair the meeting.

"Canada's New Government is proud to host this prestigious meeting in the province of Quebec. We believe in the importance of these meetings to exchange ideas and information and foster cooperation on cultural policy issues," said Minister Oda who will deliver a Keynote Address during the Opening Session of the Meeting on November 14. "Canada intends to use this meeting to engage countries of the Americas on the issue of cultural diversity and to promote the ratification of the UNESCO Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions."

"Canada was the first country to ratify the UNESCO Convention and as Minister of Canadian Heritage I plan to make sure Canada's bilingual and diverse cultural character is faithfully reflected on the international scene," said Minister Oda.

Ministers or Highest Appropriate Authorities responsible for culture from the member states of the Organization of American States will discuss issues of common interest with a view to enhancing dialogue, reinforcing understanding, and strengthening relationships within the hemisphere.

Four plenary sessions will be held during the meeting and will focus on the presentation and preservation of cultural heritage, cultural policies, education and identity, culture and the creation of jobs and overcoming poverty, and finally culture and the role of indigenous peoples.

The Organization of American States (OAS) brings together the countries of the Western Hemisphere to strengthen cooperation and advance common interests. It is the region's premier forum for multilateral dialogue and concerted action.

This news release is available on the Internet at www.canadianheritage.gc.ca under Media Room.

Contact Information

  • Office of the Minister of Canadian Heritage
    and Status of Women
    Chisholm Pothier
    Director of Communications
    613-301-4054
    or
    Canadian Heritage
    Donald Boulanger
    A/Chief, Media Relations
    819-994-9101