Renée was seconded to lead a large inter-departmental team for the Halifax Regional Municipality. The project includes targeted engagement with: Mi’kmaw, African Nova Scotian, Acadian & Francophone, Immigrant, and Accessibility communities. The project will result in a set of principles, objectives, and actions that will inform the next Regional Plan.
The municipality supports arts, culture and heritage in many ways including festivals, public art, heritage buildings, natural landscapes, archives, libraries, grants, and museum. The 2014 Regional Plan identified the need to create a plan to assist the municipality in clarifying its vision, principles and priorities to more effectively guide investments and decisions related to arts, culture and heritage. The plan is currently being reviewed internally.
Park Lake Lodge will be re-developed into a four-star, four season indigenous tourism experience. The project is funded by ISC, ACOA and TCII and represents an opportunity to celebrate Innu Culture through architecture, programming and economic development.
The scope of the work is to collaborate with the community to further the project through site visits, concept design, community and council engagement, governance and development support. The first element of the project is a pilot project for a warming cabin that will support guide training in the community.
IATUEKUPAU BUSINESS PLAN
Services: Mentorship, Leadership, Business Planning, Funding, Implementation
Sectors: Architecture, Culture, Tourism
Building on the concept design work for Iatuekupau Lodge, this project is a collaborative approach with the future operator of the lodge and the business plan will be updated by SIFN staff directly. Our role is to provide mentorship and oversight while meeting learning objectives that will provide a cost-effective plan that can be updated and used by the future Lodge Manager.
Sheshatshiu Innu First Nation is pursuing new opportunities for tourism into the Mealy Mountains National Park. The development of a new wharf will bring opportunities for guiding, boat tours and enhance community and subsistence use of Upper Lake Melville. Engagement opportunities included stakeholder interviews of Innu Nation, Destination Labrador, and information gathering from similar facilities in the Upper Lake Melville Region. Discussion with community members happened casually during the annual Gathering at Gull Island and through discussions with SIFN staff.
Services: Engagement, Strategy, Planning
Sectors: Architecture, Recreation, Culture
Walpole Island First Nation is partnering with the YMCA to expand the existing arena into a community recreation centre including a new youth centre. The project included working with the architecture team from Glos Associates to design and facilitate 12 meetings in an intensive one-week community engagement program. Meetings included Band Council, Youth, WIFN staff, Public, Ontario Works, and Seniors.
Services: Engagement, Research, Strategy, Business Planning