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News | 05/21/2004 4:00 am EDT

Canadian Heritage earmarks $350,000 for diversity
Canadian Heritage is giving $350,000 to United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) to help finance intergovernmental meetings on the development of the Convention on the Protection of the Diversity of Cultural Contents and Artistic Expression. "The government of Canada continues to play a leadership role in the development of a Convention on Cultural Diversity," said Canadian Heritage minister Hélène Chalifour Scherrer on May 20 when she made the funding announcement. "We recognize how important it is to actively support UNESCO in its efforts. I believe that artists, creators and cultural entrepreneurs must have the means to express themselves, both here and at home and on the world stage. We hope that this convention will strengthen our ability to develop and highlight our respective cultures."

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