Sask Trends Monitor tracks social, economic, and demographic trends in Saskatchewan.
The newsletter is published monthly by QED Information Systems, a Regina based consulting firm specializing in surveys and statistical analysis. Sask Trends Monitor is in its 25th year of publication.
Doug Elliott is the owner of QED Information Systems and publisher of Sask Trends Monitor. We thank Doug for allowing us to make this issue available to the public.
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Regina Ethnic Grocery Stores
The Blanket Exercise
Fifteen years ago, the Aboriginal Rights Coalition worked with Indigenous elders and teachers to develop an interactive way of learning the history most Canadians are never taught.
Two scripts are included: one for youth and adults, the other for children and younger teens. The exercise uses blankets to represent the lands of what is now called Canada, and the distinct cultures and nations which live on those lands to this day. Participants represent the First Peoples; when they move onto the blankets, they are taken back in time to the arrival of the Europeans. The Narrator and a European (or two) work with the participants to read a script while the exercise goes through the history of treaty-making, colonization and resistance that resulted in the nation we today call Canada.
The Blanket Exercise itself takes about half an hour to 40 minutes, and should always be followed by a talking circle of at least half an hour. Access it here: http://www.kairoscanada.org/product/blanket-exercise-standard-edition
A Resource for Multicultural Education Projects
Deeper cultural learning experiences are important to understand cultural practices and not perpetuate stereotypes. Going deeper requires:
- building relationships within & between communities
- opportunities for exploration & action
This resource will help you design a multicultural education initiative/project.
Non-profit Supervisors & Managers Coming in January, 2016
Paula MacLean here again with an update on my soon to launch Learning for Leaders, online video-based training for supervisors and managers working in non-profit organizations. Here’s a quick video that will tell you more!
Don’t miss the three free training videos that will be available starting in early January, 2016.
Here’s the sign-up link: http://3freevideos.learningforleaders.ca
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In Video #1, I cover about how to become an effective coach at work – including a free download of all the slides I use during the session.
This is not just a little teaser clip … it is a full 28 minute training session – absolutely free.
Don’t miss out … sign-up now!
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Intercultural Communication – By Carolyn Petersen (PowerPoint)
Intercultural Development Inventory Information (Word Document)
Regina officially launched the Welcome to Regina website, which was designed specifically for immigrants, to provide them with the information they need to succeed in Regina. The website was developed in partnership with stakeholders based on consultations with immigrants, immigrant-serving organizations and partners. The website focuses on ease of navigation and provides first-point-of-contact that allows immigrants to find information and sources they need to settle in Regina.
Saskatchewan Economic Development Association (SEDA) is offering the online program: Introduction to Community Economic Development for Western Canadian Provinces. This program would be of interest to anyone in need of improving their abilities to facilitate community-based economic development in Saskatchewan. Visit Grow Our Region for more information.
Basic Skills Software – Beginner- Intermediate – New Live Action English 2 Software
The interactive program, Live Action English 2, was developed in order to help students improve their basic language skills. Due to continued success of the original program, Live Action English 2 was created. Please feel free to visit our website at http://www.nas.ca for more information about this and other products.
If you would like to place an order or require further information, please feel free to contact me at (905) 764-8079 ext.124 or via email, firstname.lastname@example.org
Earlier this month, Slate published an interesting map showing the most common language in each U.S. state after English. The author thought it would be fun to do something similar for Canadian provinces and territories. Here’s the simple version (created in Tableau Public): http://blogs.vancouversun.com/2014/05/23/what-are-the-most-popular-languages-in-your-province-interactive-map/
FREE Online Anti-Racism for Secondary, Adult Learners
Voices into Action (http://voicesintoaction.ca/Home/Splash) provides comprehensive, carefully researched materials developed at U of T/OISE, ready to meet curriculum indicators. Units include: Islamophobia, the Holocaust, the Aboriginal Experience, Cyber Bullying, Gender, Disability Rights, GLBTQ, Japanese WWII internment and much more. The Canadian Race Relations partnered to create “Exploring Canadian Values” – what it means to be Canadian!
Aussi en francais – www.parlezetagissez.ca
Creating Multicultural Change on Campus
Not just for universities, this book focuses on creating multiculturual change in individuals, groups and institutions. This book offers concepts and strategies for those who wish to foster the awareness, knowledge, and skills necessary for multicultural change on an institutional level.
Museums Association of Saskatchewan members have the opportunity to borrow materials from the MAS library. Contact the office at 306-780-9279 to reserve a book or request it using our online resource request form.
Inside you will find:
- Mixed unions in Canada, 2011
- Canadian demographics at a Glance
- Prescription medication use by Canadians aged 6 to 79
- Police-reported hate crime in Canada, 2012
- Same-sex couples and sexual orientation… by the numbers
The July 2014 edition of the Newsletter for Communities is now online.
Canada’s race problem? It’s even worse than America’s.
CRTC releases anti-spam guidance for charities
The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) has issued an FAQ for registered charities and a statement regarding the CRTC’s general approach to enforcement regarding Canada’s new anti-spam laws.
Changing demographics… is your organization ready?
SaskCulture has been discussing the importance of multiculturalism and inclusiveness It has been working with its members to help determine ways the community can become more inclusive, response and reflective of the changing face of the province. In 2013, SaskCulture contracted R. Anderson & Associates, in conjunction with Terry Schwalm & Associates, to consult with member organizations on the issue. Their report, entitled, Engaging Saskatchewan’s Emerging Demographics is now available. The Tri-Global partners – SaskCulture, Sask Sport and Saskatchewan Parks and Recreation Association – have also released Assessment of Demographic & Community Data, by McNair Business Development Inc., which provides community leaders with current and relevant information in assessing Saskatchewan’s evolving demographics and help in future planning. For more information on these reports, contact Dean Kush, Assistant General Manager, SaskCulture at 306-780-9436, or email@example.com
Canadian Education and Research Institute for Counselling (CERIC)
A charitable organization that advances education and research in the field of career counselling and career development. You can stay up to date on our activities by subscribing to receive our updates: https://ceric..wufoo.com/forms/ceric-subscriptions/
- The Cannexus National Career Development Conference. This annual conference next takes place Jan. 26-28, 2015 in Ottawa. It is the largest of its kind and attracts 800 professionals from a variety of sectors with an interest in career issues, www.cannexus.ca
The Regina Children’s Initiative represents the movement towards improved outcomes for children prenatal to six and for their families in Regina. By working together we can create a community where all children and families are thriving and have the supports and services to enable them to meet their full potential.
You can contact the Regina Children’s Initiative here:
Lynda Gellner, Regina Early Years Family Centre Developer, 1672 Albert St. Regina, SK S4P 2S6. Ph: (306) 535-5993. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Web site: email@example.com.
This documentary pokes fun at the ways in which Inuit people have been treated as “exotic” documentary subjects by turning the lens onto the strange behaviours of Qallunaat (the Inuit word for white people). The term refers less to skin colour than to a certain state of mind: Qallunaat greet each other with inane salutations, repress natural bodily functions, complain about being cold, and want to dominate the world. Their odd dating habits, unsuccessful attempts at Arctic exploration, overbearing bureaucrats and police, and obsession with owning property are curious indeed. A collaboration between filmmaker Mark Sandiford and Inuit writer and satirist Zebedee Nungak, Qallunaat! brings the documentary form to an unexpected place in which oppression, history, and comedy collide. View the documentary here: http://www.nfb.ca/film/qallunaat_why_white_people_are_funny.
SGI Initiatives for Newcomers
In the last year, SGI has invested considerable time and effort towards a very worthwhile endeavour – that of helping Saskatchewan’s new citizens. Driving is a privilege and ensuring traffic safety for all road users is SGI’s top priority. Listed below are a few initiatives that your agency may not be aware of and that you may wish to pass along to your clients. These initiatives will assist newcomers in earning a driver’s licence and will ensure they have a good understanding of Saskatchewan’s driver licensing requirements and rules of the road.
Our new driver testing service makes a world of difference!
SGI has implemented an electronic translator application on all testing computers and you wouldn’t believe the difference it has already made. English is not the first language of many of our customers, and trying to pass the exam in English has been a very frustrating experience for some. This feature allows new residents to read a translation of the test questions and answers in their own language.
2. Electronic Translator for our Basic Driver’s Handbook
On SGI’s public website our Saskatchewan Driver’s Handbook is also able to electronically translated into the same 65 languages. This will help our new English Alternative Language citizens study and prepare for their exam in their native language. you can view this @ www.sgi.ca/handbook
3. Practice Quiz
Additionally, on SGI’s public website we have launched a new online practice quiz. The quiz is a selection of multiple choice questions and answers. you can check it out @ https://testdrivepractice.sgi.sk.ca/practice/exams
For further information, contact Shay Shpak: firstname.lastname@example.org
Diverse Muslim Voices
Diverse Muslim Voices builds awareness and understanding in the U.S. of the range of Muslim societies and cultures. Advancing the mission of ITVS’s Global Perspectives Project, a two-way exchange of independent documentaries, the multiyear project elevates stories about Muslim cultures through multiplatform promotion and distribution and ignites citizen engagement through live events and educational programs. Visit web site here: http://itvs.org/series/diverse-muslim-voices
This is an 8 minute plus interesting promo for David Smith’s newest book, Less Than Human: Why We Demean, Enslave, and Exterminate Others. He “gently” delves into our darker side—specifically, why we do the bad things we do—by drawing from psychology, philosophy, biology and other branches of learning for its conclusions. The book, which won the 2012 Anisfield-Wolf Award for non-fiction, fits neatly on the shelf with Smith’s previous works, Why We Lie and The Most Dangerous Animal. They make him the go-to expert on human nature’s darkest impulses and what understanding them can teach us. http://www.thelavinagency.com/speaker-david-livingstone-smith.html
The Healthy Aboriginal Network
To see our new United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child posters, please click here: www.thehealthyaboriginal.net/UNCRC.
To see our new augmented reality knowledge transfer posters, please click here: www.thehealthyaboriginal.net/augmented. Or you can watch a video demonstration below or at www.youtube.com/user/HealthyAboriginal.
To learn more about this organization, visit: http://www.thehealthyaboriginal.net/.
ESL and Looking for Words Software
Looking for Words Software combines reasoning skills with vocabulary building, while at the same time provides students with the opportunity to explore different environments in school, home and neighbourhood settings.
Engaging graphics, interesting animation and clear speech help teach hundreds of words in context. The software also provides material which can be used for reading enrichment.
For more information click here.
Please feel free to visit our web site at http://www.nas.ca for more information about this and other products.
Canadian Newcomer Magazine
Canadian Newcomer Magazine began as a free glossy, magazine offering how-to information for new immigrants in March 2004. It is now offered exclusively online through the web site. The mission of the magazine is now to connect the diverse ethnic communities in Canada using one voice and language by providing free information, advice, entertainment and encouragement to new immigrants. More>>>
Etip: Bias-Free Assessment and Hiring: Measuring a Candidate’s Ability to Succeed in the Workplace:
Map maker provides pre-contact look of Canada
CharityHowTo offers free and affordable webinars
This organization offers free and affordable webinars on a variety of topics from social media to boards to writing that can help improve your business. The webinars are offered frequently and many repeat as recorded versions. The key is to check their site often as they offer webinars on a continual basis.
For more upcoming webinars visit: www.charityhowto.com/upcoming.php
Legacy of Hope Foundation
Legacy of Hope Foundation (LHF) is a national Aboriginal charitable organization whose purposes are to educate, raise awareness and understanding of the legacy of residential schools, including the effects and intergenerational impacts on First Nations, Métis and Inuit peoples, and to support the ongoing healing process of Residential School Survivors. Fulfilling this mandate contributes towards reconciliation among generations of Aboriginal peoples, and between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal people in Canada. >>>Learn More
Four Directions – Offering a range of health services offered in the community with a cultural focus
At Four Directions Community Health Centre, we strive to build on the strengths of both our clients and staff to enrich lives through supportive and nurturing services. We work with the changing needs of our diverse population to achieve health and wellness for individuals, families and our community. Visit the website here: www.rqhealth.ca/programs/comm_hlth_centres/four_directions/4directions.shtml.
Learn more about Four Directions programming here: Four Directions November calendar 2013
Doing it right: Blending Indigenous oral histories with digital technology
“When mischievous Lily sneaks out of bed, her Mooshum shares a cautionary tale filled with foreboding dark surprises.”
So begins Rival Schools’ first story, The Story of Kalkalilh, in their three part book series of digital story apps for kids inspired by Canadian Indigenous Peoples oral histories.
What is exciting and different about these reading apps is the focus on creating an accessible and interactive reading experience for children while incorporating the traditional oral histories of a few Indigenous cultures in Canada. Melding digital technology with oral histories — yeah, that is a pretty cool idea. More>>>
The Gabriel Dumont Institute Releases Remembering Will Have to Do: The Life and Times of Louise (Trottier) Moine
Deftly merging pioneer history with Aboriginal autobiography, Louise Moine wrote about her childhood spent on the ranching
frontier of southwest Saskatchewan in the early 1900s and about her time in an Indian residential school in two published books and various articles in the 1970s and early ‘80s. For more information about this resource contact: Darren Préfontaine at email@example.com / 306.657.5711. All ordering inquiries should be directed to: http://shop.gdins.org
Truth and Reconciliation Resources
Ningwakwe Learning Press has developed lesson plans to go with the engaging, contemporary, cultural content that CBC has produced in their series, ReVision Quest.
ReVision Quest mixes personal storytelling, current affairs and interviews to explore issues affecting Native peoples today. It’s a show about the First Nations experience, created by all First Nation producers. Teacher’s Guide and Student Activities available
Canada’s residential school system continues to have a great impact on First Nation people. The focus of Moving Beyond is to highlight some positive approaches and paths to healing and will promote healthy individuals, families and communities
This mini book is not meant to be accusatory, but is designed to put the basic facts and truths down in simple words and design, providing an excellent Aboriginal primer.
This new release continues the voice of its sister book, A is for Assimilation, but surpasses it in its bluntness by addressing head on the misconceptions and untruths that continue to malign First Nation People.