Southwest Multicultural Association – Multicultural Activities 2012-2013
The Southwest Multicultural Association (SWMA) is an entirely volunteer-run organization based in Swift Current. They partner with the Southwest Newcomer Welcome Centre and other organizations to offer opportunities to Swift Current and the rural communities in the southwest for intercultural interaction, learning about cultural diversity and racism, and celebrations.
We partnered in the following projects:
1. Bollywood Extravaganza (August 19, 2012): It was a partnership with Newcomer Welcome Centre, International Women of Swift Current, Living Sky Casino and India-Canada Association of Saskatchewan in Regina. 200 people of very diverse backgrounds attended the event. The performers came from Toronto and encouraged the audience to learn the basics of Bollywood dance. The chef from Living Sky Casino learned to prepare a few Indian snacks that were very well received by all, particularly by those of Indian origin.
2. International Women’s Day (March 9, 2013): It was attended by around 100 women and men. The history of the day was discussed and a presenter spoke about an international women’s project that is being run by an organization in Swift Current and how others can participate. A group quiz was conducted on the history of International Women’s Day and Women’s progress in Canada. Partners were International Women of Swift Current and Grandmothers for Grandmothers
3. International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (March 24, 2013): – They partnered with the Newcomer Welcome Centre to host an afternoon event at the Lyric Theatre that included a film concerning on racism, cultural performance and a presentation on the Palestine situation from a personal viewpoint of a visitor.
4. Multicultural Day at Central School (October 17, 2012) The students showcase their ethnicity to peers, parents and others through dance, music and food.
5. Multicultural Band (September, 2012 – June, 2013) This band of adult newcomers is led by Ki Hoon Ryu (Ryan). He is from Korea and has a background in music video production. Comprised of newcomers (Korean, Chinese, Colombian, Cuban, Ukrainian, Russian, Indonesian, Mexican, and other backgrounds), this group sings in many languages.
6. Culture Days (September, 2012) SWMA provided volunteers to work at different events.
7. Filipino gathering (December, 2012) The Filipinos are the largest ethnic group of newcomers settled in Southwest Saskatchewan. They used this celebration of coming to Canada as an opportunity to network with community people, including Premier Brad Wall.
8. Diwali celebration (November, 2012)
“Each of these events helped the community understand the diverse background of the people in Southwest Saskatchewan and created a very rich learning environment and the opportunity to network and make new friends,” explained SWMA President, Bula Ghosh.