Past Publications

Background Research for Indigenous Heritage Working Group

This report provides background on and discussion of indigenous heritage in the World Heritage context. Background consists of history of representation of indigenous heritage in World Heritage sites and decisions and actions taken by the World Heritage Committee with respect to indigenous peoples and their heritage. Discussion focuses on recent and ongoing challenges and opportunities for better understanding and recognizing indigenous heritage as World Heritage.

As per the Terms of Reference, this report is expected to inform discussions within the ICOMOS Indigenous Heritage Working Group and development of a work plan, including for organization of an international workshop. The report does not seek to make definitive statements on indigenous heritage and how it should be addressed in the World Heritage context, nor can the report speak to how ICOMOS interacts directly with indigenous peoples or States Parties.

You can read the paper here.


Field Guide to Tactical Heritage Urbanism.

As part of its 2016 Annual Symposium held in Toronto last May, and in conjunction with ERA Architects and several partner organizations, ICOMOS Canada organized a one-day event to examine contemporary approaches to heritage, from the model of Jane’s Walks to the European Union’s Framework Convention on the Value of Cultural Heritage for Society (Faro Convention).

Broadening our collective understanding of “heritage” can contribute to developing stronger models of citizen participation in the decision-making and management processes applied to our cultural environment. This way, heritage may act as a source of social cohesion and facilitate mutual understanding. Hence the concept of Tactical Heritage Urbanism, that is promoted as a collection of generally low-cost, temporary initiatives by citizens intended to reveal, acknowledge, and celebrate the multiplicities of experiences and stories that emerge from communities.

The Field Guide to Tactical Heritage Urbanism is a record of the discussions initiated at this event, and should be used as a resource to prolong the conversation. You can read it by clicking below.

A Field Guide to Tactical Heritage Urbanism