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Our Priorities

At the Canadian Commission for UNESCO, our priorities are reconciliation, youth engagement, gender equality and the protection of documentary heritage. The challenges and opportunities in these overlapping priorities inform our projects, partnerships and outreach.

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Gender equality

Gender equality is a fundamental human right, a building block for social justice, and an economic necessity. It is also critical to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). We work to ensure that everyone enjoy equal opportunities, choices, capabilities, power and knowledge as equal citizens.
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Memory of the World

The Memory of the World Register preserves and promotes our shared authentic, unique and irreplaceable documentary heritage. It is a symbol of the collective memory of humanity. We maintain the Canada Memory of the World Register and support submissions to both the Canadian and international registers.
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The Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada (TRC) turned a spotlight on the continued impacts of the residential school system on Indigenous Peoples and Canadian society more broadly. It identified the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP) as the framework for Reconciliation across all sectors of Canadian society, presenting unique opportunities for working with UNESCO’s programs to advance reconciliation.
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Youth engagement

We believe young people are essential partners in building more just and peaceful societies, so we strive to ensure that their views are reflected in our work and activities. Our Youth Advisory Group helps us structure and sustain youth engagement across our programming.