FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The North Peace Cultural Society may have their questions answered by council on Monday.
The City of Fort St. John has invited the society to a special closed council meeting on July 19th to discuss the future of the cultural centre.
“Following this meeting, further information will be provided to the community,” said the city in a Facebook post Wednesday.
On June 15th, the City of Fort St. John released a statement saying it had informed the society it would assume management of the centre. This came after discussions between the two entities following a management agreement that ended in 2020.
Since then, the arts and culture community has raised concerns alongside the society with several letters, some of which are trying to decipher the city’s motive.
“As we look at the cultural programming and events in other communities, we have not seen the same level of programming locally,” said the city’s June 15th statement.
The city had also mentioned fundamental differences were identified during discussions relating to the responsibilities and opportunities of community cultural services.
The announcement of the meeting follows the society’s 15-minute presentation on July 12th that had residents pack the council chambers.
Council remained mostly silent during the presentation as the society tried to address several accusations made by the city last month.