FREDERICTON (GNB) – New Brunswickers and cultural stakeholders will be consulted on a renewal of the province’s cultural policy.

The policy was first drafted and adopted 10 years ago. Since then, there has been significant growth and changes in the cultural sector in New Brunswick, with the emergence of new markets, new technologies and a changing global economy.

“Having a strong cultural identity is a way to enhance our quality of life, our vitality and the health of our society,” said Culture, Tourism and Healthy Living Minister Trevor Holder. “Culture is emerging as a significant economic driver and will continue to do so with the growth of the knowledge economy. Therefore, it is an appropriate time to take stock of where the province is in terms of the objectives set in the 2002 policy and to outline priorities and objectives for the next few years.”

A Cultural Policy Working Group has been established, comprised of individuals from across the province with in-depth knowledge and experience in the various areas covered by the cultural policy. The group will hold roundtable discussions on key issues with representatives of cultural organizations and other key stakeholders.

Members of the general public will be encouraged to provide their feedback at public meetings this fall. A web site is online where public feedback can be shared. The site will also include information on the upcoming public consultations.

Members of the Cultural Policy Working Group include:
●    David Adams,
●    Jean Aucoin,
●    Lyne Bard,
●    Yves Bourgeois,
●    Jennifer Carhart,
●    Herménégilde Chiasson,
●    Akoulina Connell,
●    Jeanne-Mance Cormier,
●    Carmen Gibbs,
●    Kathryn Hamer,
●    Louise Imbeault,
●    Marie-Thérèse Landry,
●    John Leroux,
●    Terry Matthews,
●    Michael Maynard,
●    Adda Mihailescu,
●    Dexter Noel,
●    Brenda Orr,
●    Nathan Pirie,
●    Luke Simon,
●    John Thompson,
●    Stephen Tobias, and
●    Michael Wennberg.

“A renewed cultural policy with a clear action and implementation plan will guide our future activities,” said Holder. “I look forward to hearing from New Brunswickers as we work together to create a more vibrant economy and better quality of life through the renewal of the cultural policy.”