U.S.-Canadian Bilateral Cooperation Project, Toronto, Canada

July 1, 2014

A two-day workshop promoting U.S.-Canadian Cooperation in Preventing Illicit Trafficking of Cultural Property was held in June 2014 in Toronto, Canada, in support of an initiative of the U.S. Consulate General and the ICE Attaché’s Office and their Canadian counterparts in response to concerns about cultural objects originating from or passing through Canada and illicitly entering the United States.

About 35 U.S. and Canadian law enforcement and customs officials and museum conservators, curators, and archaeologists participated in the workshop, which was hosted by the Royal Ontario Museum. Topics included U.S. and Canadian laws and resources, handling objects and determining their authentication and provenance, a hands-on session with museum conservators and curators, and case-studies of investigations.