Islanders help craft cultural strategy

More than 2,000 Islanders have made their voices heard since the province’s cultural strategy consultations launched last spring.

“Thank you to all Islanders who participated in the cultural strategy consultations – your perspective on culture is valued and needed in order to create this strategy,” said Education, Early Learning and Culture Minister Doug Currie said. “These numbers of participation demonstrate the importance of culture to Islanders and we will continue to make it a priority with our strategy.”

From April to June 2017, Islanders participated in the following consultations:

• 7 coffee shop pop-ups (attendance of approximately 300 people);

• 39 key stakeholder meetings (approximately 195 people through interviews, roundtable discussions and focus groups);

• 1500 responses to an online survey; and

• 608 likes on the PEI Cultural Strategy Facebook page.

“Our team has collected some incredibly useful feedback and advice that will help inform and shape the direction of culture over the next decade in our province,” Strategy Lead and Director of Cultural Development Michelle MacCallum said. “Islanders are really passionate, engaged and desire a chance to contribute. They have a strong sense of place and identity. That is something we want to preserve and help cultivate for the future.”

A strategy is now being drafted from the consultations that will recommend cultural policy direction and guide the development of action plans, programs and supports for the next 10 years.

The strategy will be shared at a cultural celebration in September 2017.

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Education, Early Learning and Culture

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