HALIFAX, NOVA SCOTIA--(Marketwired - Oct. 11, 2016) - Department of Canadian Heritage
The Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Canadian Heritage, today hosts the second of six in-person discussions taking place across the country with representatives from a variety of sectors and members of the general public.
Halifax is evolving as a leading digital media and communication technology centre in the Atlantic region. The city recently hosted Collaborative Connections: Nova Scotia Digital Industry Conference and Collide, an interactive event for digital creators. Halifax also boasts the highest number of information and communications technology graduates per capita in Canada. The in-person event in Halifax is showcasing one of the area's talented artists, singer-songwriter Davis Myles, against the backdrop of a wide-ranging discussion on how Canadian content creators will succeed in a digital world.
Rapidly changing technological advances are affecting how Canadians produce and consume cultural content; as a result, the cultural sector is facing new challenges and opportunities. These consultations will help the Government of Canada determine the best ways to assist the cultural sector in navigating these changes and seizing opportunities to contribute to the country's economic growth and innovation.
These in-person events will contribute to the success of the consultations by making it possible to gather valuable input from a variety of voices in the arts and culture scene. All Canadians are invited to join the conversation and take part in the discussions at any time through the Web portal and social media, using the hashtag #DigiCanCon. Canadians have the opportunity to lead in-person discussions in their communities using the consultation kit available online.
Facebook Live events will take place during the consultation period, allowing interested people across the country to comment on numerous topics and issues covered by the consultations. Canadians can register now to take part in the Facebook Live events on October 12, October 28, and November 7.
"I am thrilled to be in Halifax today to continue a series of in-person discussions with Canadians, including artists, creators and cultural businesses. I know that these discussions will allow our Government to better understand the issues and expectations regarding Canadian content creation, discovery and promotion in this new environment in which we live. I would like to take this opportunity to invite all Canadians to take part in this important exercise, either through our Web portal or by having discussions on social media with the hashtag #DigiCanCon. Together, let's be innovative and find new ways to create and promote quality Canadian content that stands out."
-The Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Canadian Heritage
- This consultation process follows a pre-consultation questionnaire completed by close to 10,000 Canadians.
- The Department of Canadian Heritage developed a discussion paper based on the results of the pre-consultations. This document will help guide this phase of the consultations on Canadian Content in a Digital World.
- Throughout this process, the Government of Canada will listen to Canadians to learn how best to strengthen Canadian content creation, discovery and export in a digital world and to examine the federal government's current cultural policy toolkit.
- These discussions will be guided by three key principles. The approach will:
- focus on respecting citizen choice and supporting creators in making great, compelling content;
- reflect Canada's incredible diversity in the content that is produced and support the production of news information and local content that is credible and reliable; and
- drive social and economic innovation by forging strong links between creativity, economic growth and social resilience.
- Canadians have until November 25 to provide their input.
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