The City of Pembroke, together with the Ottawa Valley Tourist Association (OVTA) and the County of Renfrew, have joined together to create a cultural map of Pembroke and the Ottawa Valley. Cultural mapping is a process to identify and document the cultural resources or assets of a community. This map is an important new tool to support economic development and to enrich the quality of life in our communities.
Cultural mapping embraces a broad definition of cultural resources as illustrated in the diagram below. This includes a wide range of tangible resources such as arts and heritage organizations, cultural occupations and industries, cultural and natural heritage – among others. It also explores the areas of intangible cultural assets - the stories, traditions and unique quality of life that shape our identity and sense of place. The broad definition of cultural resources illustrated in this diagram is dynamic. It is, however, a starting point for gathering information on our rich and diverse cultural assets in the Ottawa Valley.
Building better information on the cultural assets in our communities helps in several ways.
The Cultural Mapping of Pembroke and the Ottawa Valley helped to produce the following outcomes.
It is important to note that the work of cultural mapping is never done. There will always be new information and new assets to add. What the Cultural Mapping Project will do is to establish a solid foundation and set of tools to continue cultural mapping efforts over time.