Multicultural Values and Streams of Work

Multicultural Values

rooted in the provincial motto From Many Peoples Strength and the treaty relationships that define our province. All MCoS work is guided by these values, which are expressed as:

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We recognize the multicultural diversity of the people of Saskatchewan. We believe in the strength of supporting cultural continuity and pride in one’s cultural ancestries. We celebrate the sharing between cultures because culture is a two way street.

Recognition and Rejection of Racism:

We recognize the negative impact of racism and discrimination. We promote the importance of all people in overcoming these issues to achieve equitable outcomes for all Saskatchewan residents.

Intercultural Connections:

We actively support and encourage efforts to bring communities together in ways that will build relationships based on understanding and respect to foster capacity for problem solving and planning.

Integration:

We support welcoming and inclusive communities that create a sense of home and belonging. We recognize the creativity and innovation that arise from bringing different cultural perspectives together and cultivating the unique contributions of all.

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Multicultural Streams of Work

The multicultural streams flow from the multicultural values. These streams represent the main areas of work in multiculturalism and are the focus of MCoS programs and support.

Cultural Continuity

Empowers ethnocultural organizations, individuals and communities to retain, maintain and evolve distinctive cultural practices and traditions in the Canadian context.  MCoS supports members and schools to share deeply. welcoming, inclusive, community, canada, canada 150, immigrants, newcomers, multiculltural, diversity, racism, anti-racism, intercultural connections, integration, mcos, multicultural council of saskatchewan

Celebration of Diversity

Includes education and festivals that showcase differences and similarities, most often through performance, cuisine and other arts. It includes an awareness that groups that welcome many perspectives, especially from different cultural world views, lead to greater creativity and innovation. Funding and sponsorship opportunities encourages meaningful exchange and connection.

Anti-Racism

This work looks at issues of power and privilege and how they impact individual and systemic discrimination; it usually includes active dialogue to build equity and justice in our institutions and communities. MCoS coordinates an annual March 21st campaign, facilitates Arrêt/Stop Racism Youth Leadership Workshops and invests in member and school activities that recognize and reject racism and discrimination.

Intercultural Connections

Entails different cultural groups coming together over time to build bridges i.e. exchanges, pen pals, cooperative work, creating safe spaces, dialogue, creative projects, etc. BRIDGES (Building
Relationships through Intercultural Dialogue and Education in
Saskatchewan) uses a model by which local members take the lead to bring Indigenous, newcomer and other community members together.

Integration

in contrast to assimilation, is achieved when all members of a community are reflected, are seen and see themselves as belonging for all aspects of their identities, are valued for their contributions, and are able to appropriately access services. The WIC Toolkit provides excellent resources, and INVOLVE offers training for new volunteer leaders and organizations.

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