Nova Scotia cultural plan eschews province's traditional stereotype

Nova Scotia is making a shift away from traditional, tartan-tinged notions about its culture.

The Nova Scotia government has unveiled its first comprehensive plan to promote the province's culture and creative economy, and there's no mention of bagpipes, fiddles or Highland dancing.

The 29-page document places a heavy emphasis on promoting aboriginal culture and bolstering the province's "diverse and creative communities."

The word Celtic doesn't appear in the report, though there is a nod to strengthening the province's cultural offices, including Gaelic Affairs, African Nova Scotian Affairs and Acadian Affairs.

Among the 60 recommendations is a call to create a culture innovation fund, but there is no dollar figure attached.

The report concludes that culture contributes $949 million to Nova Scotia's economy and supports almost 14,000 jobs, representing 2.7 per cent of the economy.