Lucy Martin, Indigenous Tourism Specialist for Northern BC Tourism/Indigenous Tourism BC, has been appointed to the Canadian Geoparks Network, formerly the Canadian National Committee for Geoparks.
This is a national committee that was formed in 2009 to address the need for coordination of United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) Global Geopark applications from Canada.
There are approximately 10 aspiring Geoparks at varying levels of readiness. The committee has established guidelines governing the process by which Canadian communities can aspire to UNESCO Global Geopark status. The committee assists communities to improve their applications that ultimately go to UNESCO Headquarters. The CGN conducts site visits prior to applications being sent to UNESCO and advises on strengths and shortcomings.
The Canadian Commission for UNESCO held its 59th Annual General Meeting on May 22 & 23, 2019 in Ottawa, Ontario. The meeting will focus on implementation of sustainable development goals.
The discussion touched on, among other elements, access to quality education for all, promotion of gender equality, and inclusion in the context of cities and human settlements.
You can find out more information about the CCUNESCO on their website: https://en.ccunesco.ca
The Canadian network has three Global Geoparks: Stonehammer (New Brunswick), Tumbler Ridge (BC), and Percé (Québec). Eight proposals are being prepared to "aspiring" geoparks. Together with their communities, Canadian geopark leaders:
encourage sustainable tourism
enhance awareness and understanding in youth and visitors about the area's geological heritage and history
protect the geopark's unique environment
promote earth sciences research
Geoparks offer countless opportunities for exploring, learning about, showcasing, and preserving unique natural heritage. They include sites of geological, archeological, wildlife, environmental, historical, folkloric and cultural interest.
For more information on geoparks or the Canadian Geoparks Network, please check out http://www.canadiangeoparks.org/about.html.