On Sunday, November 16th, The MacKenzie Art Gallery and the Multicultural Council of Saskatchewan (MCoS) partnered to host a Multicultural Celebration as part of Saskatchewan Multicultural Week. This event was free to the public and featured interactive gallery tours, a hands-on origami workshop in the BMO Learning Centre and performances by the Ranch Ehrlo Pow Wow Dancers and Dr. Martin LeBoldus High School Multicultural Club. Speakers for both groups provided information that opened a window to the cultural stories, values and traditions behind the performances. This event coincided with Louis Riel Day, which commemorates the death of Louis Riel.
Approximately 100 people took part through the afternoon. The Honourable Mark Docherty, Minister of Parks, Culture and Sport, was in attendance and brought greetings. Media were on-site to share the celebration with the public.
This Multiculturalism Celebration is part of an annual celebration called “Saskatchewan Multicultural Week” that celebrates the 40th anniversary of the original Saskatchewan Multiculturalism Act that was passed in 1974.
“MCoS is proud to celebrate Saskatchewan Multicultural Week. This year we celebrated the 40th anniversary of the Saskatchewan Multiculturalism Act by reflecting on the past, present and future of multiculturalism in Saskatchewan,” said MCoS Executive Director Rhonda Rosenberg. “MCoS encourages everyone to practice the ideas and values of The Multiculturalism Act and to recognize that this Multicultural Celebration is a direct reflection of the Act in practice in the community.”