Canada to update nomination list for UNESCO World Heritage Sites
Environment Minister Catherine McKenna invites Canadians to suggest places of significance
For the first time in more than a decade, Ottawa is asking Canadians to nominate national gems as candidates for UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
Environment Minister Catherine McKenna made the announcement Monday in Grand Pre, N.S., home to one of Canada's 18 UNESCO sites out of more than 1,000 worldwide.
McKenna invited Canadians to suggest places of cultural, historic and natural significance for Canada's list of nominees to be considered for world heritage status by the United Nations Organization for Education, Science and Culture.
Nomination list will be announced in 2017
She said the additions to the nomination list, last updated in 2004, will be revealed in 2017 in honour of the 150th anniversary of Confederation.
The minister is putting together a committee of heritage experts, including indigenous representatives, to review submissions for Canada's next world heritage bid.
Five of the 11 sites on Canada's current nomination list have been inscribed as world heritage sites — most recently Mistaken Point, N.L., which was recognized by the UNESCO World Heritage Committee in Turkey last month.
UNESCO World Heritage Sites are places of cultural or natural significance that members of the global community have committed to preserve for future generations, sometimes through financial assistance or expert advice.
18 sites in Canada
The existing UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Canada are:
- L'Anse aux Meadows National Historic Site in Newfoundland and Labrador
- Nahanni National Park in the Northwest Territories
- Dinosaur Provincial Park in Alberta
- Kluane/Wrangell-St. Elias/Glacier Bay/Tatshenshini-Alsek in Yukon and British Columbia
- Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump in Alberta
- SGang Gwaay in British Columbia
- Wood Buffalo National Park in Alberta and Northwest Territories
- Canadian Rocky Mountain Parks in Alberta and British Columbia
- Historic District of Old Québec in Quebec
- Gros Morne National Park in Newfoundland and Labrador
- Old Town Lunenburg in Nova Scotia
- Waterton Glacier International Peace Park in Alberta
- Miguasha National Park in Quebec
- Rideau Canal in Ontario
- Joggins Fossil Cliffs in Nova Scotia
- Landscape of Grand Pré in Nova Scotia
- Red Bay Basque Whaling Station in Newfoundland and Labrador
- Mistaken Point in Newfoundland and Labrador