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UNESCO World Heritage Day is a celebration of violent colonial conservation against Indigenous people

April 18, 2024
The Canary

Thursday 18 of April marks the annual United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) World Heritage Day. This year however, an Indigenous rights non-profit is exposing UNESCO for the racist colonial institution that it is.

Significantly, the group is calling out the colonial conservation model that sits at the heart of the UNESCO designated World Heritage Sites.

On top of this, the Canary has dug up more evidence revealing the systemic violence, displacement, and abuse of Indigenous and local communities living at a number of these sites.