Protecting the Past

What has been done in Canada to protect the past?

Canada has signed two international declarations dedicated to the fight against the illegal trafficking of cultural property: 

  • the 1954 Hague Convention for the Protection of Cultural Property in the     Event of Armed Conflict
  • the UNESCO Convention on the Means of Prohibiting and Preventing the Illicit Import, Export and Transfer of Ownership of Cultural Property.

How Can You help?

  • REFUSE to buy antiquities of unknown provenance and without proper export certificates
  • REPORT suspicious items to local and/or Canadian Government authorities (See the list below)
  • LEARN about the importance of archaeological context
  • INQUIRE about acquisition policies of local museums
  • SUPPORT organizations working to document and preserve cultural property
  • ENCOURAGE your government to preserve cultural heritage and   prevent trade of illicit antiquities

FOR MORE INFORMATION, check out the following websites:


  • Canada Border Services Agency: 1-888-502-9060 (toll free number)
  • Moveable Cultural Property, Canadian Heritage: 1-866-811-0055 (toll free), or 819-997-7757
  • Or any police station.


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