The workshop centered around a discussion of “What is Historically and Culturally significant?" Many community groups in the region such as museums, town councils, economic development agencies, and heritage associations have resources such as stories, photos, structures, and art that they feel are unique and should be preserved, developed and promoted. There was not, however, any consensus on what was truly significant.
The workshop helped attendees learn about how different academic disciplines view significance. This allowed them to reflect and challenge their assumptions and perspectives respecting significance. The event stimulated and informed discussion. It helped community participants set priorities and decide on next steps.
Particular initiatives of potential significance discussed included:
•The historical significance of the Lourdes Land Settlement.
•The Revival of the French heritage and the creation of three French Communities on the Port au Port Peninsula.
•The ethno-history and ethnography research on the Mi’kmaw people in the Bay St. George region.
•The proposed development of a model sustainable community in Black Bank with design and interpretive components relating to regional cultural and historical features, as well as particular points of interest as they relate to the natural history of Bay St. George.
•Blanche Brook Petrified Forest
•South West Coast Community Ambassadors and development of a cultural/traditional costume for the youth
•Collection of folklore and history relating to the Burgeo cemetery