Jun 03, 2014
(News Release) VICTORIA — British Columbia’s rich cultural heritage will be front and centre as the Canadian Commission for the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) kicks off its 54th Annual General Meeting with a reception at the Royal BC Museum on Thursday, June 5.
The overall goal of the three-day AGM is to illustrate the mutually rewarding relationship between Canada and UNESCO, and highlight the relevance of UNESCO for all Canadians in a practical way.
The Royal BC Museum is hosting the meeting in partnership with the University of Victoria to draw attention to British Columbia’s rich heritage and culture.
“The founding intention of UNESCO is that cultures should discover each other and learn to know each other. This aim has not disappeared and is very much at the root of our museum and our new exhibition on BC’s indigenous languages,” said Professor Jack Lohman, CEO of the Museum. “The oral traditions of BC are part of the rich cultural diversity of this province and their voices continue to inspire their descendants in many ways.”
The reception event includes a preview of the upcoming Our Living Languages: First Peoples’ Voices in B.C. exhibition, opening June 21, which provides a look into the rich diversity of First Nations languages in the province.
“The AGM is well aligned with the objective of the International Decade for the Rapprochement of Cultures,” said Dr. Axel Meisen, president of the Canadian Commission for UNESCO, “to promote mutual understanding and respect for diversity, rights and equal dignity between peoples, through intercultural dialogue and concrete initiatives.” >The University of Victoria, a co-partner for the reception, emphasized the importance of the AGM’s themes of discussion and reflection about collaboration with First Nations communities, and the connection between post-secondary institutions and community.
“We believe strongly in building global networks and research partnerships with community organizations to create and share knowledge relevant to social and economic issues and that can impact public policy,” says Vice President Academic and Provost Reeta Tremblay, who will speak at the event.