Saskatchewan Multicultural Week
November 19-27, 2016
Building Welcoming Communities
Why Celebrate Saskatchewan Multicultural Week?
In 1974, Saskatchewan was the first province to enact multiculturalism legislation, recognizing the right of every community to retain its identity, language and traditional arts and sciences for the mutual benefit of citizens. In 1997, the Act was revised and a section of the Act states the policy should preserve, strengthen and promote Aboriginal cultures and acknowledge their historic and current contribution to development of Saskatchewan. More information is available on The Saskatchewan Multiculturalism Act. Responsibility for the Act resides with the Ministry of Parks, Culture and Sport.
The Act states broadly the provincial multiculturalism policy and provides the Minister power to carry out the purposes of the Act. The Multicultural Council of Saskatchewan (MCoS) was founded on November 22, 1975 and has been instrumental in the development and promotion of these multicultural values, including the Saskatchewan motto From Many Peoples Strength. Saskatchewan Multicultural Week is celebrated each November the week that includes November 22nd.
Saskatchewan Multicultural Week Campaign
Who is your #MulticulturalSuperhero and why? Tell us on Twitter and Instagram! View what everyone else is saying on our social feed. Get creative; the sky is the limit!
Multicultural Superheroes Promote Multicultural Values
Multicultural Superheroes can include any person or group of people, real or fictitious, who inspires you with their super powers for respect and inclusion. A #MulticulturalSuperhero is someone who:
- Protects and celebrates all cultures
- Proudly embraces and shares traditions
- Battles “Villains” such as racism, discrimination, disrespectful ideologies, oppressive social systems and institutions, etc.
- Leaps tall barriers to build bridges for intercultural connections
- Activates a power magnet to draw diverse people together for creative innovation
- Demonstrates super vision and strength to achieve equality and equity for all
Examples of Multicultural Superheroes could be leaders of all types: Organizations, Movements, Individuals (Family Members; Friends; Politicians; Activists; Famous People; Comic book, TV, Movie and Book Characters; Authors; Artists; Athletes; etc.): Amnesty International, Idle No More, Your Mom, Your boss, a Teacher, Louis Riel, Nelson Mandela, Rosemary Brown, Maria Linklater, Gandhi, Martin Luther King Jr., Peggy McIntosh, Harriet Tubman, Elijah Harper, Rosalie Abella, Kamala Khan, Black Panther, Maya Angelou, Jackie Robinson, Zarqa Nawaz, Arundhati Roy, David Suzuki, etc.
Truth and Reconciliation
Each of us has an important role in implementing the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) Calls to Action. Of the 94 Calls to Action, the two below relate to building welcoming communities.
Each of us can play a role in continuing cultural traditions, celebrating diversity, recognizing and rejecting racism, building intercultural connections and supporting integration. Contact MCoS for ideas and support.
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