Cultural plan sets big goals for the city

Photo: Lisa Bush, left, and Cindy Haapanen present the cultural plan to a full audience and City Council on Monday night – Christine Rumleskie/

After almost four years in the making, the Cultural Plan Final Report is complete.

Chief Consultant Cindy Haapanen presented the 200 page document on Monday night to City Council.

Spokesperson for the Fort St. John Community Arts Council Lisa Bush says arts and culture is a vital part of Fort St. John’s economy.

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The plan was initiated May 2005 with a presentation to City Council for support. It asked for a resolution that the Cultural policy be approved in prinicpal and that funding be included in the 2006 capital budget.

In August of last year, the City requested the final plan be presented, outlining its key goals, visions and responsibilities.

Haapanen detailed ten goals in the plan, one being cultural sustainabiity.

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The plan’s study objectives were to describe the importance of culture in Fort St. John. It aimed at identifying options like building opportunities and creating a vision for the short and long-term future.

City Council will draw up a report for its next steps on the cultural plan.

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