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Community Consultations

September 23 Community Consultation

 Consultations have occurred throughout the planning process in a number of different ways, from stakeholder meetings with cultural representatives and City staff to large scale Community Open Houses. Below are examples of the community open house opportunities where the general public provided excellent feedback on cultural priorities and recommended actions for future arts, heritage, and cultural development.


October 26 - Interactive Panels at Lakehead University

Following the 2nd Community Open House in September, an extended opportunity for input was given to the public at Lakehead University. Students, staff/faculty and members of the general public provided insight on the priority of Strategic Actions and provided valuable direction to the Project Team moving forward with the Plan.

September 23 - Community Open House

The 2nd Community Open House was held at Confederation College on September 23 to kick-off Culture Days in Thunder Bay. The public was invited to give input on the Draft Strategies and Actions, displayed on interactive panels.    

march 29 & 30 - community Open House and Public Forum

Crowd Interacting with PanelsThe project team conducted a Community Open House and Public Forum on March 29 & 30 to engage members of the public in identifying community needs and priorities relating to culture. The Open House kicked off with a welcoming speech by Mayor Lynn Peterson and a performance by Nathan Meshake of the Little Bear Singers. Participants were also shown a video of three local cultural success stories featuring Duncan Weller (author/illustrator), Lila Cano of CAHEP, and Ahsanul Habib (Habib Architects Inc).

Those that attended the Open House took part in an interactive panel session that asked participants how they participate, experience, and create culture, what could be improved to allow opportunities for people to gather, create, and learn in diverse ways, and how they would address challenges and opportunities presented by seven identified cultural drivers. Panel Discussion Comment

Public Forum participants gathered on the following day to help generate consensus for a shared Vision for Culture, and develop strategic directions and actions for achieving the Vision. After morning and afternoon workshops with small group discussions, a great deal of valuable input was collected and used to create a draft planning framework.


Public input on panel topics - March 29 & 30

Select a panel topic below for a summary of comments.

Panel 1 Summary