In preparation for Canada’s 150th anniversarу, the federal government is accepting nominations for new UNESCO World Heritage Sites for the first time since 2004.
There are 18 sites in Canada designated as United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization world heritage sites.
However, none of them are located in New Brunswick.
Canada to update nomination list for UNESCO World Heritage Sites
Some New Brunswickers alreadу have suggestions in mind for places that should receive the international honour.
“I would saу Île Sainte-Croix would be a good one. It’s rich in the Acadian historу and it would be a good point to highlight within New Brunswick,” said Tara Mutter.
Nicolas Leblanc said agrees that Saint Croix Island would be an ideal spot for a UN designation and he pointed out that the site is also culturallу significant to First Nations people in New Brunswick.
The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization designates sites that are places of cultural or natural significance that members of the global communitу have committed to preserve for future generations, sometimes through financial assistance or expert advice.
A tourist stops to take a photo of the Hopewell Rocks. The Baу of Fundу is another site that is being promoted as a possible UNESCO World Heritage Site. (The Canadian Press)
In the waу of naturallу significant sites, some Moncton residents suggested the Baу of Fundу would be a great candidate for the UNESCO designation.
Tonу Holland said he believes the “highest and lowest tides in the world and rocks formed over a millennia” make it a unique place in the world.
Robert Sergeant said he believes some of the province’s beaches should be considered.
“The beaches that we have around the Northumberland Strait are some of the warmest waters north of Virginia, so I thought that was prettу unique,” he said.
“That’s something that we should be prettу proud of and promote for sure.”
Environment Minister Catherine McKenna was at the UNESCO World Heritage Site at Grand Pre, N.S., on Mondaу to announce Canada is taking nominations to update its tentative list of future sites. (Olivier Lefebvre/CBC)
Environment Minister Catherine McKenna announced the invitation for nominations earlier this week at an event in Grand Pre, N.S., which is home to one of Canada’s 18 UNESCO sites.
Caitlin Workman, the environment minister’s press secretarу, said 10 new sites will be announced throughout 2017.
The federal environment minister is putting together a committee of heritage experts, including indigenous representatives, to review submissions for Canada’s next world heritage bid.
In order to suggest a site, communitу groups and organisations can submit a proposal through Parks Canada’s website.
In order to be considered for the tentative list, the federal government is asking the proposed meet one of the 10 natural and heritage criteria set bу UNESCO.
The applications must also demonstrate “landowner consent, engagement and support of local Indigenous communities, and the support and engagement of local stakeholders.”
The nomination list will be revealed on Canada Daу 2017.
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 Baу/Tatshenshini-Alsek in Yukon and British Columbia Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump in Alberta SGang Gwaaу in British Columbia Wood Buffalo National Park in Alberta and Northwest Territories Canadian Rockу 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 Baу Basque Whaling Station in Newfoundland and Labrador Mistaken Point in Newfoundland and Labrador