This consultation tool kit has been designed to provide those wishing to do so with the necessary tools in order to host their own event, whether it be with constituents, colleagues, friends or students. The kit is designed to help participants engage in their own consultations and replicate the discussions that will occur during the in-person events that are being held across the country. We hope that these materials will prove useful.
The Consultations Kit is available on the Canadian Content in a Digital World consultation site at www.CanadianContentConsultations.ca . It includes:
There are a number of things to be mindful of when hosting consultation events.
The Canadian Content in a Digital World consultations are meant to provide Canadians with an opportunity to reflect and discuss upon issues affecting Canada’s cultural sector.
The exercise itself is meant to gather varying perspectives as they relate to Canadian Content in a Digital World in order to further inform the Department of Canadian Heritage in its policy development process.
The key to conducting effective consultations is to be flexible in your approach. The need for breakout sessions for instance will largely depend on the number of participants attending. You should be mindful of time and be open and flexible to adjust your approach as the discussion progresses.
How long will it take?
A full group consultation process typically lasts two to three hours, however you can take as little or as long as you like.
How many people should this consultation be conducted with?
Anywhere between five and ten people works best but larger groups can be broken down into smaller groups.
What materials do you need?
If you cannot get a group together in one room, we invite you to organize your consultations amongst yourselves online. Sites such as Google Hangout and Facebook could be useful to work to engage in the discussion and work through the exercises as a group.
Remember that this is not the only way to contribute to the discussion. If you are looking to submit input as an individual, you can go directly to the submission portal, you can share your stories about Canadian culture and creativity and / or you can share your ideas by video, journal, blog or paper.