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MOOSE JAW CULTURAL ACTION PLAN

The City of Moose Jaw, together with the Cultural Diversity Advisory Committee and community partners, are taking steps towards developing the first Cultural Action Plan for the community. The goal of the Cultural Action Plan is to identify a vision, goals, and actions for culture in Moose Jaw.

 

DEVELOPING A COMMUNITY CULTURAL PLAN

On Wednesday, February 24, 2021, the City of Moose Jaw’s Cultural Diversity Committee hosted a virtual stakeholder event – “Developing A Community Cultural Plan”. Led by Prairie Wild Consulting, the event addressed the following questions:

  • What is a community cultural plan and why is it important?
  • How can Moose Jaw benefit from a cultural plan?
  • Why is community and stakeholder engagement essential in developing a cultural plan?
  • What steps have other communities taken to adopt a cultural plan?

The event was recorded and can be viewed below.

CULTURAL PLAN PHASES

The plan is to develop the Moose Jaw Cultural Action Plan in four phases:

  1. Research Phase - Initial Community Engagement and Mapping (2021/2022) COMPLETED
  1. Engagement Phase – Community Engagement on Short & Long-Term Strategic Goals and Action Items (2022/2023) IN PROGRESS
  1. Development Phase – Culture Plan Development and Adoption (2023/2024)
  1. Implementation Phase – Culture Plan Implementation and Evaluation (2024)

CULTURAL PLAN CURRENT STATUS

Phase 1: Research

With support from SaskCulture’s Community Engagement and Planning Grant, the City of Moose Jaw contracted Prairie Wild Consulting to assist with the delivery of Phase 1: Research.

The purpose of the Research Phase was to collect baseline information on the current state of culture in Moose Jaw which included a review of existing Community plans and information, and some initial engagement with key stakeholders and cultural service providers in the community.

Please click HERE for a full summary of the preliminary findings from the Phase 1 Report.

Phase 2: Engagement

The City once again received funding support from SaskCulture’s Community Engagement and Planning Grant and continues to work with Prairie Wild Consulting and the Cultural Planning Team with the delivery of Phase 2: Engagement.

The following is a summary of the steps taken during the Phase 2 - Engagement Phase.

  1. Develop Engagement Strategy (Completed June 2022)
  • Develop community engagement tools.
  • Draft and finalize survey tools.
  • Continue to share findings of Phase 1.

  1. Launch Engagement Strategy (Completed July to September 2022)
  • Launch & promote online community survey – survey was open from July to September and had 139 residents & stakeholders complete the survey.
  • Intercept Surveys with community members and stakeholders - project consultant attended Sidewalk Days & Festival of Words and received feedback from 68 participants.

  1. Analysis of Engagement Findings (In Progress)
  • Complete detailed analysis of engagement findings.
  • Share preliminary findings with Cultural Planning Team - meeting held on November 30, 2022 to review.
  • Complete detailed summary of key themes & deliverables.

  1. Complete "What We Learned" Report (In Progress)
  • Final Phase 2 engagement (focus groups & community meetings being scheduled in April)
  • Finalize what we learned report and present to City Council (May)
  • Prepare for Phase 3 - Plan Development Phase

CULTURAL PLANNING TEAM

There are currently over 25 individuals representing 20+ organizations on our Cultural Planning Team who remain committed to advancing the shared core values relating to culture, diversity, and acceptance in Moose Jaw as the process moves into the next phase. If you are interested in participating in the Cultural Planning Team, please contact the Parks and Recreation Department at (306) 694-4447 or recreation@moosejaw.ca.

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