In 2017 at the ICOMOS General Assembly and Symposium in Delhi, ICOMOS Canada proposed a resolution for the organization to develop practices to better understand and conserve Indigenous cultural heritage. As a result, ICOMOS has undertaken work to explore the application of Indigenous values and cultural heritage, especially in the context of the World Heritage Convention.
ICOMOS Canada is coordinating the initial steps of the initiative. In 2019, it commissioned a study that covered the relationship between World Heritage Committee decisions and Indigenous values. Following this study, a meeting of international experts is scheduled for 2020 in Ottawa to discuss the observations and chart a course for the organization’s work in the future.
You can read the report entitled “Background research to support the work of the ICOMOS Indigenous Heritage Working Group” by clicking HERE.