Defining Cultural Resources

Design Regina has set out the following definition of cultural resources:

Any cultural activity or asset that contributes to culture, which includes cultural occupations (e.g. artist, graphic designers, and cultural managers), cultural enterprises (e.g. museums, libraries, and galleries), festivals and events (e.g. fairs, street festivals, and music festivals), natural heritage (e.g. community gardens and significant parks), intangible cultural heritage (e.g. customs, traditions, and ceremonies), cultural heritage (e.g. public art, plaques and monuments, and built heritage properties), cultural spaces and facilities (e.g. cinemas, religious institutions, and urban spaces), and community cultural organizations (e.g. arts groups, and heritage groups).

An early step in the development of the Regina Cultural Plan was a systematic identification of cultural resources through a process called cultural mapping. Cultural mapping was undertaken based on a consistent set of categories of cultural resources called the “cultural resource framework,” which consisted of eight major categories and a wide range of subcategories.

The illustration below provides some of the major categories and their associated resources. Regina’s comprehensive cultural resource framework appears in Appendix B of the Cultural Plan.


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