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Red Bay - UNESCO World Heritage Site

red bay _unesco.PNG The Red Bay Basque Whaling Station in the Town of Red Bay, a community on the Labrador Straits, has been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site by the World Heritage Committee. The Committee is holding its 37th session in Phnom Penh, Cambodia June 17-27. © Destination Labrador

Red Bay, Labrador is now on the map in a big way, an international way. Saturday, the UNESCO World Heritage Committee added the Basque Red Bay Whaling Station to their list of world heritage sites. The communities mayor, Wanita Stone was in Cambodia for the announcement…… We hear from her, as well as Cindy Gibbons is site supervisor with the Red Bay National Historic Site…AND… 86 year old Selma Barkham will receive a Gold Medal for her work advancing historical knowledge. Barkham’s research in Basque archives in the 1970’s unearthed a treasure trove of legal documents that proved Basque sailors were frequent visitors to eastern Canada in the 1500’s. Thanks to her work there’s a new chapter in Canadian history, and now, a new World Heritage Site in Canada. The CBC’s Marie Wadden has this profile of Selma Barkham.

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