Canadian Heritage

Canadian Heritage

November 14, 2006 10:52 ET

Canada's New Government Promotes Ratification of the UNESCO Convention on the Diversity of Cultural Expressions During the Third Inter-American Meeting of Ministers of Culture...

and Highest Appropriate Authorities of the Organization of American States

MONTREAL, QUEBEC--(CCNMatthews - Nov. 14, 2006) - The Honourable Beverley J. Oda, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Status of Women, reiterated Canada's New Government's commitment to Inter-American collaboration on culture and to the promotion of the ratification of the UNESCO Convention on the Diversity of Cultural Expressions today during her Keynote Address at the Opening Session of the Third Inter-American Meeting of Ministers of Culture and Highest Appropriate Authorities of the Organization of American States.

"Canada is committed to vigorously pursuing ratification of the UNESCO Convention on the Diversity of Cultural Expressions by a large number of countries representing all regions of the world, including the Americas," said Minister Oda who is chairing the meeting. "The Convention will ensure that all of us will continue to have a voice to express our identity."

Ministers responsible for Culture or Highest Appropriate Authorities from the member states of the Organization of American States are meeting in Montreal today and tomorrow to nurture an ongoing dialogue among nations of the Western Hemisphere, and strengthen their mutual understanding on cultural policy issues. Hosting the meeting in Montreal, on the eve of celebrations of the 400th anniversary of Quebec City and the birth of North America's francophone presence, is symbolic of the importance of cultural diversity.

"All of us assembled here today are aware of how important it is that our governments take appropriate measures to ensure that our peoples have a voice to express their identities," added Minister Oda. "It is by investing in our artists, our creators, and our various communities that we will build stronger societies and a more cohesive world."

Canada is working to foster inter-American dialogue on cultural issues by hosting this Meeting of Ministers of Culture and Highest Appropriate Authorities of the Organization of American States. Themes to be discussed include presentation and preservation of cultural heritage, cultural policies, education and identity, culture and the creation of jobs and overcoming poverty, and 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