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IdeaLab: Stimulating thinking on current topics of interest

An initiative to encourage innovation

IdeaLab is a forum for reflecting on current topics of interest to Canadians. Experts from the Canadian Commission for UNESCO’s broad network explore a variety of topics such as disinformation, Indigenous cultural heritage, climate change, and education. IdeaLab offers new perspectives to encourage intersectoral and cross-disciplinary dialogue.

June 21, 2021

Land as teacher: understanding Indigenous land-based education

People of all ages and background walk a non-linear path together.

Reconciliation and Global Citizenship Education in Canada

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Oluseye at Nia Centre for the Arts. He stands behind a mural with various pictures.

Art for our sake: creativity and humanity in the African diaspora

For people from Afro-diasporic communities, artistic spaces have always been places of self-expression, community and well-being. Mark V. Campbell explains the tensions that exist within a cultural system that is exploitative and unresponsive to the historical realities of Black creatives.

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A grey radio is placed in the centre. You can see a white screen with purple radio waves and three buttons (one green button on the left and two purple buttons on the right). A light brown retro design makes the background. A cream-coloured circle is placed to the left of the radio. Four dark brown curves surround the circle. A brown circle is placed to the right of the radio. Four cream-coloured curves surround the circle.

Community radio: the eternal springtime of radiobroadcasting

More than 100 years ago on May 20, 1920, radio broadcasting began in Canada. Boris Chassagne, director of 60 Secondes Radio, discusses the importance of this mode of communication.

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An abstract painting made of various shapes and lines. The following colours are seen on the canvas: black, blue, light blue, white, orange, red, and grey.

Montreal, landscapes and lockdown

This article, written by Philippe Poullaouec-Gonidec, studies the consequences of the health measures and restrictions imposed during the Spring 2020 COVID-19 lockdown in Montreal. The impacts on certain urban spaces are exposed.

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In the center, a black and white picture of Maria Ressa wearing a red blazer. She is surrounded by a yellow circle. The turquoise coloured background is made of newspaper clippings. A few yellow, white, and grey zigzags complete the background.

Growing threats to media freedom: democracy under assault

Maria Ressa, co-founder, Executive Editor and CEO of Rappler calls for readers to educate themselves and demand accountability from social media platforms and governments.

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A mosaic illustration of human faces.

A Sense of Belonging: To what? And on whose terms?

In this article, author David Divine explores the complexities of belonging, particularly in relation to Black communities in Canada. Who defines acceptance, and why do we seek to belong? These questions and answers are explored drawing on a sociological exploration of inclusion and broader meanings of belonging.

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School children and their teacher wear masks and maintain social distancing.

Education and COVID-19: challenges and opportunities

The UNESCO Chair in Curriculum Development explores the challenges and opportunities created by the COVID-19 crisis for education stakeholders in terms of curricula, school environments, students and teachers.

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