Protecting the Past in Canada

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.