Following close to a year of discussions, the City of Fort St. John and the North Peace Cultural Society have come to terms on a new memorandum of understanding.
“Following the mediation process that began last year, the City of Fort St. John and the North Peace Cultural Society worked collaboratively to develop an MOU that ensures this partnership contributes to the development of the cultural richness of our community,” said a joint statement released Friday by the city.
“It’s been a really good process. Really positive,” said cultural society board chair Connie Surerus. “We all left with a better understanding, appreciation, and respect for each other's roles.”
The document, signed by both sides on Wednesday, “will provide the framework and guidance for both parties to deliver arts and cultural services in the community, both collaboratively and autonomously, and ensures the relationship continues based on mutual trust and respect,” the statement read.
“The mediation process dramatically improved both parties understanding of one another and the cooperative atmosphere,” added the city’s chief administrative officer Milo MacDonald.
“There have been several successful projects undertaken collaboratively in the past several months, with many more to come. We look forward to continuing to foster a culturally rich community.”
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