A Community Resource
The Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo is in the process of developing an interactive cultural map that will showcase the Municipality's local cultural assets, such as community cultural organizations, cultural facilities & spaces, cultural events & festivals, cultural industries, heritage plaques & monuments, heritage sites, public art, and places of religious assembly.
In partnership with Millier Dickinson Blais, one of North America's largest specialist development consultancies, representatives travelled to several rural communities to meet with residents and collect information about the various cultural assets throughout our region.
The Importance of Cultural Mapping
- The Municipality recognizes the importance of cultural resources to enhancing quality of life for all residents, generating economic benefit, and facilitating the attraction and retention of newcomers and their families.
The Wood Buffalo Cultural Mapping Project
- Developing a Cultural Map is an essential tool to support planning and decision-making, to support effective cultural resource management, and to build understanding and raising the profile of cultural resources for residents and visitors.
What Do We Mean by Cultural Resources?
- The Cultural Mapping Project will embrace a broad definition of cultural resources that will include both tangible and intangible cultural resources.
- Tangible cultural resources are understood to incldue not-for-profit arts and heritage organizations, cultural businesses or industries, cultural heritage, natural heritage, festivals and events, cultural facilities and spaces, places of religious assembly, and public art. Other categories of tangible resources will emerge in the course of the project.
- Equally important to the Cultural Mapping Project will be mapping intangible cultural resources susch as community stories, traditions and defining moments in community history. This work will actively involve the community itself in helping to map these resources.