Downtown and Waterfront Revitalization

The Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo (RMWB) is seeking an Indigenous Curator to play a critical role in bringing Indigenous identity and history to revitalization efforts within downtown Fort McMurray and its waterfront.

This position will work in collaboration with Municipal staff and the Interdepartmental Working Groups, the contracted design firms for waterfront/downtown revitalization, multiple First Nations and Métis partners and organizations in the region, and the Indigenous Public Art Advisory Circle (to be established as part of this project).

A total budget of $30,000.00 will be awarded for the term of this project (August 2021 – March 2022) with the opportunity for additional terms. The mentorship of a local associate curator is recommended as part of this contract.

This project is funded by the Public Art Reserve Fund as per section 3.1.1 Percent for public art allocations and municipal funding strategy of the Municipal Public Art Policy PRL-160. The successful applicant will report directly to the Culture & Social Services Branch of the RMWB.

Deadline for Submission: 11:59PM (MST), Sunday, August 8, 2021

This call is open to local, provincial and national curators. Preference that curator has a connection to the Region or previous experience on local projects.

For more information, contact the Public Art Wood Buffalo email:

Request for Qualifications

Wthank all applicants for their interest and submissions to this call. Only qualifying applicants will be contacted.


The Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo (RMWB) is situated on Treaty 8 Territory, the traditional lands of the Cree, Dene, and the unceded territory of the Métis. It is the traditional meeting grounds of many Indigenous people since time immemorial. Continuing to recognize our past, present and future relationships with First Nations, Inuit and Métis Peoples of Canada, it is our shared responsibility to respect these lands, preserve these waters and nourish our relationship with the surrounding environment and with each other

The Waterfront Revitalization project

The RMWB’s Waterfront Park Revitalization Project will be designed as a year-round interactive facility for residents and visitors alike. As a destination for cultural and heritage recognition, the Waterfront Park will also serve as an access point for recreational opportunities and connecting to nature in the heart of our region. The Indigenous Curator will be responsible for several activities, ranging from Indigenous community engagement to development and review of strategies within a public art context as related to the Waterfront Park Revitalization Project.

The overall project will include design and construction of the year-round Snye Point Outdoor Event Space, as well as designing a Waterfront Park, which will cover the 6 km of waterfront from the Athabasca Bridge to Horse Pasture Park in Waterways. The Waterfront Park is a large green space in our downtown that will be transformed into a unique community space. The Waterfront Park will encompass natural elements while strengthening the community with new gathering spaces, pathway connections, and water and leisure activities for residents to enjoy for generations.

The Park will recognize and honour the region’s rich and diverse Indigenous and non-Indigenous history and cultures through a community-driven design covering 6km of Waterfront from the Athabasca Bridge to Horse Pasture Park in Waterways.

For more information about this initiative, visit the Downtown Revitalization page.