The Canadian Commission for UNESCO promotes concrete initiatives to achieve reconciliation between Canada's Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples. By mobilizing its members, networks and partners, CCUNESCO aims to move the reconciliation process forward in the next few years.

CCUNESCO uses relationship-building initiatives to move reconciliation forward according to three priority thrusts:

  • Celebrate and showcase initiatives that demonstrate reconciliation in action
  • Integrate Indigenous culture, knowledge and perspectives in its work
  • Create the conditions to promote active involvement of Indigenous peoples in CCUNESCO and UNESCO programs

Initiatives include:

  • The Tsá Tué Biosphere Reserve
    Canada's first Biosphere Reserve developed and managed by the Indigenous peoples of the Northwest Territories.
  • 10th anniversary celebration of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples
    CCUNESCO, the McConnell Foundation, DestiNATIONS, the Assembly of First Nations Quebec-Labrador (AFNQL), and the City of Montréal teamed up to mark the 10th anniversary of this Declaration in 2017.
  • Dialogues between Indigenous and Non-Indigenous peoples
    Under the banner of "Let's Talk About Reconciliation," a series of dialogues continue to be held until 2021 in public libraries across Canada. CCUNESCO helped organize this series in partnership with the National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation, the National Film Board (NFB), the Canadian Federation of Library Associations (Indigenous Matters Committee), and Library and Archives Canada (LAC). More information on this initiative.

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