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Date(s) - 30/05/2019
10:00 am - 12:00 pm

SHRC Office


SHRC Courageous Conversation – Father Andre and STR8UP

The Saskatchewan Human Rights Commission continues its Courageous Conversation speaker series on Thursday, May 30, 2019 at 10:00 AM at our Saskatoon office.

Father Andre Poilievre will be facilitating the conversation.

Father Andre started his career in Adult Education in Saskatoon. For the last 17 years, he has worked as a teacher, counsellor and chaplain at Joe Duquette High School and the Saskatoon Correctional Centre. In that time, Father Andre has helped transform the belief system of gang life, demonstrating that no one is beyond redemption but through love and understanding, recovery is possible for all.

The first part of this Courageous Conversation will examine the journey to becoming an Indigenous gang member, explore factors (poverty, racism, alienation, etc.) that lead young people to the gang life, and discuss the Medicine Wheel as a holistic model for healing. Stan Tu’inukuafe will join Father Andre to talk about the history of youth without belongings, as well as the needs and processes in a journey of recovery and rehabilitation.

For the second part, STR8UP members – all ex-gang members – will share their criminal and incarceration experiences, while focusing on the self-empowerment and rehabilitation that made their transformations healthy and possible.

For more information about STR8UP go to:


Please note that this event will be held at our Saskatoon Office. If needed, contact for more information.

Please confirm your attendance by return email by Tuesday, May 28, 2019.

The Commission aims to accommodate the accessibility-related needs of those attending our events. If you need sign language interpretation, an alternative presentation format, or other reasonable adjustments to the meeting space to ensure you can participate equally in this event, please contact Adam Hawboldt at (306) 229-7169 or by email at with your request by as soon as you can so that, where possible, arrangements can be made.

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