Forming a Community – Creating Artistic and Cultural Unity.
Folklore Canada International is a national organization with a mission that aims at developing public and government awareness for the inherited social and cultural identity of our ethnically diverse country. As a non-government organization, it focuses in particular on the preservation and promotion of all aspects of traditional folk arts encompassing crafts, culinary arts, songs, tales, costumes, habits, dance, legends, trades, music, speech and many other forms of culture. These various forms of tradition constitute the living cultural heritage of Canada and all her representative ethnic groups.
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Structure and Development
To achieve this mission, Folklore Canada has set national objectives of recognition, education, by creating a dialogue for Canadians and safeguarding heritage. Folklore Canada International is also active in terms of developing projects, programs and services by offering access to information, research, and a variety of national publications. The organization is important in the founding, establishing and production of numerous cultural events and festivals, including the presentation of high-quality cultural venues.
Moreover, a priority of Folklore Canada agenda takes great measures in the lobbying of representation and recognition of folk art as an intangible heritage at the national political level.
Expression of Cultural Inheritance
Though the countless programs and services provided by the Folklore Canada International Resource Centre and the Center of International Co-operation, its members celebrate both their similarities and differences among the various Canadian cultures: First Nation Peoples, (Amerindians), Metes, both French and English-speakers, Inuit, Acadian and of the multitude of ethno-cultural communities present throughout Canada.