ICOMOS International Working Group on Indigenous Heritage
The IHC will be partnering with ICOMOS Canada (the International Council on Monuments and Sites) to help develop guidance that will assist ICOMOS when evaluating UNESCO World Heritage Site nominations that address Indigenous cultural heritage. This partnership will also develop guidance for professionals, decision-makers, and governments to improve their efforts to conserve Indigenous heritage places.
In 2019 the Federal Minister of Environment and Climate Change received a mandate letter from Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to develop comprehensive legislation to protect federally-owned historic places. The IHC will continue to lobby the Federal Government to assure that any new legislation fully respects and integrates the distinct legal frameworks that govern the relationship between Indigenous Nations and their cultural heritage. The IHC will also lobby for broader legislation that protects Indigenous cultural heritage that is not owned by the Government of Canada, and push for federal legislation that recognizes and protects Indigenous languages, practices, and intangible cultural heritage.