Multicultural Council of Saskatchewan
The Multicultural Council of Saskatchewan has been raising awareness of the benefits of cultural diversity and the dangers of racism since November 22, 1975. Created to represent six regional multicultural councils and joined by a variety of multicultural, ethnocultural and educational groups the provincial Council currently represents 56 member organizations (plus 9 individuals and 2 business/institution/government), which include thousands of volunteers committed to promoting the benefits of multiculturalism. MCoS became a provincial not-for-profit, non-governmental agency that works to ensure ethnocultural survival, strength and prominence and foster opportunities for cross-cultural interaction.
We support our members and the public with promotional campaigns and materials (including Multifaith Calendars), a monthly electronic newsletter, investment in programs that accomplish our goals, information and community connections, workshops and other learning opportunities. We maintain an involvement with SaskCulture that has included establishing the Multicultural Initiatives Fund and serving as the Secretariat for the Multicultural Community of Interest.
Multiculturalism is central to the cultural, social, economic, and political life of Saskatchewan.
The Multicultural Council of Saskatchewan is committed to promoting, fostering, improving and developing multiculturalism in the cultural, social, economic, and political life of Saskatchewan while working to achieve equality of all residents.
Aims & Objectives
- To promote recognition of the benefits of cultural diversity in Saskatchewan and assist in the development and acceptance of multiculturalism.
- To recognize and promote the Saskatchewan motto: From Many Peoples Strength and the Saskatchewan Multicultural Act.
- To foster an environment in which organizations and individuals can contribute to the multicultural development of Saskatchewan.
- To promote positive cross-cultural relations through cross-cultural communication, contact and understanding.
- To recognize the special contribution which refugees and immigrants bring into our province and assist in the integration process through education.
- To recognize the special contributions which First Nations and Métis people provide to our province and encourage cultural competency and intercultural connections.
The Multicultural Council of Saskatchewan has served as a leader:
- November 22, 1975 – MCoS founded in Regina.
- We are particularly proud to have been part of the creation of the provincial motto: From Many Peoples Strength (Multis e Gentibus Vires), a powerful statement about who we are – past, present and future.
- Member of the Saskatchewan Committee for the Elimination of Racism in Sport and Recreation.
- Development, management and distribution of Multicultural Education Initiatives (MEIs) to schools to encourage understanding and interest in multiculturalism.
- 1987-2008: Member funding for operations and projects, supporting various groups and projects in Saskatchewan focused on multiculturalism, understanding, integration and the elimination of racism.
- 2009 onward: Strategic Investment in member projects that advance MCoS Mission, aims and objectives.
- Promoting multicultural events and projects around the province to members and the general public.
- Youth conferences and workshops on the subject of anti-racism and multiculturalism, including Youth Action Now with Ukrainian Canadian Congress-Saskatchewan Provincial Council (UCC-SPC) and current Arrêt/Stop Racism workshops.
- Organizing seven national conferences held in Saskatchewan on multicultural matters.
- Promoting our cultural heritages across the country during Saskatchewan’s Centennial year.
- We Are SK PSA project is a partnership between seven organizations – Aboriginal Friendship Centres of Saskatchewan (AFCS), Conseil Culturel Fransaskois (CCF), MCoS, Saskatchewan Film Pool (SFP), Saskatchewan German Council (SGC), Saskatchewan Organization for Heritage Languages (SOHL), and UCC-SPC with support from the Ministry of Parks, Culture and Sport. This project features six PSAs with the following themes: Culture is a Two-Way Street; From Many Peoples Strength; Cold Land, Warm Hearts; Look Beyond the Surface; Home and Overcoming Discrimination. The PSAs have been available through broadcast, web site (www.WeAreSK.ca) and social media.
- Multicultural Forum in honour of the 40th anniversary of the Saskatchewan Multiculturalism Act in partnership with the Ministry of Parks, Culture and Sport.
- Multicultural Honours event hosted by The Honourable Vaughn Solomon Schofield, Lieutenant Governor of Saskatchewan that recognizes significant contributions to the multicultural community. Betty Szuchewycz and Youth Leadership Awards are presented annually.
- Building Relationships Interculturally through Dialogue and Growing Engagement in Saskatchewan (BRIDGES) with the Aboriginal Friendship Centres of Saskatchewan (AFCS) and Saskatchewan Association of Immigrant Settlement and Integration Agencies (SAISIA). Work has included research and consultations, a pilot project in Prince Albert, and a series of Indigenous Welcome events for Syrian refugees.
- Integrating Newcomers with Volunteer Opportunities to add Leadership Value through Education (INVOLVE) is a partnership with SAISIA, SaskCulture and Regina Open Door Society. A very successful pilot was run in Regina in 2015 and plans are underway for a second pilot program in a smaller centre in 2015-16 before facilitators are trained to make it available in numerous communities.
- Integration Forum with SAISIA and SaskCulture in October 2015.
- Started the Welcoming and Inclusive Communities (WIC) project in 2016. Activities include the Welcome Home Pledge, facilitator training and toolkit.