The preliminary project concept in Phase One PETA was presented to many organizations, and through this process, more than 30 letters of support were gathered that demonstrate the interest of proven city builders, stakeholders and members of the community. Because of early input from the public, the development concept moved from three stations to five stations.
Stakeholder and City Meetings
General public stakeholder meetings are occurring on an ongoing basis, focusing on those immediately along the proposed alignment (Community leagues, EPCOR, adjacent landowners, existing businesses, and various event and festival producers). Prairie Sky has met with all City departments to ensure we understand all of the City’s plans, projects, priorities, and challenges, ensuring we complement City objectives or presents meaningful solutions.
In the summer of 2020, Prairie Sky leased the power plant from EPCOR to operate historical tours and educate the public about the gondola project. During the tour, we posed a survey asking if respondents supported our project; 88% of respondents were in favour.
On the banks of the North Saskatchewan River, there are decades of history and culture. Prairie Sky recognizes the importance of much broader and community-level engagement in the many Indigenous communities that regard West Rossdale as having cultural significance. Letters of support from senior leaders of Indigenous communities is not enough. Prairie Sky expects to directly engage with each of the more than 20 Indigenous communities who have identified the lands near the Power Plant Station as historically important.
We are crafting our Power Plant Station to showcase Indigenous stories, a direction informed by Indigenous engagement during Phase One and Two. Through these conversations, it was clear that the entire experience of the Power Plant Station can serve as a powerful platform for reconciliation and recounting the history of West Rossdale. It also provides a means to advance social and economic outcomes for Indigenous communities in the region.
We have begun to lay the groundwork for our Indigenous Engagement Committee, which will be formed in Phase Three of project development.
Phase Three Engagement Process
Establish a Public and Indigenous Engagement Committee
Host two virtual and two in-person public engagement events (during Phase Three)
Host two virtual and two in-person Indigenous engagement events (during Phase Three)
Publish a monthly newsletter and conducting surveys and polls on specific matters as needed.
Organize the data collected from surveys and polls
Address gaps, implement new ideas and ensure public input is integrated into the project as it enters the final stages of development.
Create a ‘What We Heard’ report concluding the Public and Indigenous Engagement