Safeguarding ICH: Lessons learned from International Perspectives (Poland, France, India, Algeria, etc.(APM)
The goal of this project is to expand on existing theories and best practices in intangible cultural heritage scholarship and analyze how the concept can serve Indigenous and local communities in Canada where the concept of ICH does not play a role at the federal level. By taking a multi-disciplinary approach, this research examines current policies and practices (with a focus on Poland) aimed at protecting and revitalizing folklore, including languages. The objective is that, having learned from the wealth of examples and practices of ICH-work in Poland, the scholarship can enlarge the political discourse around ICH in Canada and enhance livelihoods by exploring the ways ICH-sourced livelihoods contribute to the survival of traditions and professions. Working in partnership with scholars from Nicholaus Copernicus University, from the University of Jammu, and professionals in France focused on ‘valorization du patrimoine’, the project examines the ways that ICH pushes the boundaries of cultural and environmental management and laws.