Click here to register for “Identifying the Spaces We Hold: An Anti-Racism Conversation and Online Community Forum”

In this interactive panel discussion, we will recognize systemic racism in the spaces where we live, work, and play. Panelists will share their knowledge and experiences in making space for others and themselves, and holding space for difficult conversations. Participants will gain a better understanding of how to navigate institutions towards equity.

We are grateful for contributions from the event Moderator, Janelle Pewapsconias and Panelists Rissy Hantke, Lori Whiteman, and Jayna Amadasun.

 

Janelle “ecoaborijanelle” Pewapsconias – Moderator

Janelle “ecoaborijanelle” Pewapsconias (iskwew, s/her) is a Spoken Word Poet, Social Innovator, and arts educator based in the Treaty Lands now known as Little Pine First Nation, Treaty 6 Territory on Saskatchewan. As a mother, she continues the spoken word custom of the nehīyaw through poetry and spoken word art virtually, right from her home community. Her approach to the arts an offering of anti-racist, decolonizing, and safe(r) space. Her artistic style and perspective speaks from the experience of a rez-based Indigenous femme, but reminds does not represent all Indigenous people to Turtle Island.

 

Laura (Lori) Whiteman – Panelist 

Lori is a facilitator, coach and educational consultant based in Treaty 4 Territory (Regina). She is a Standing Buffalo Dakota First Nation band member in Saskatchewan.

Lori has worked as an educational leader and facilitator in Indigenous communities, non-profit organizations, and education systems. She is passionate about supporting groups and organizations to discover their power in addressing complex challenges. She is passionate about early literacy, Truth and Reconciliation, Indigenous education, anti-racist education and community-building.

She is a consultant in her company, Braid, and a Facilitation Associate and Trainer with ICA Associates, an international facilitation training and consulting company.

She is currently serving as President of the Board of Directors of the Regina Early Learning Centre and as an Indigenous Advisor to the RCMP Depot Commanding Officer’s Advisory Committee. An achievement Lori takes great pride in being part of is the establishment of a stone medicine wheel called the Place of Reflection. The stone circle was installed in 2015, with stones marking the many Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls in Canada (MMIWG). The Place of Reflection hosts an annual cycle of learning events through a partnership with the RCMP Heritage Centre.

Lori is honoured to be Mom to two daughters, a son in law, and Koko to 5 grandchildren who all make their home in Regina.

 

Jayna Amadasun – Panelist 

Jayna is a Solution-Focused Professional Coach, Speaker, and Author of the 7-Week Journal: Passion & Purpose. As the Founder of Ember Impact Global, Jayna is passionate about helping to inspire, empower, and impact women through a coaching partnership where each woman has the potential to experience transformational results personally and professionally.

Jayna provides access to guiding principles and tools which foster an ecosystem where women can freely explore, engage in self-discovery, embrace the vast possibilities that emerge and curate a life that aligns with their values and goals. As a passionate speaker, she eloquently articulates difficult conversations around the discourse of racial discrimination specifically

towards internationally trained Black medical professionals and epistemic (in)justice which represent the expansion of work done through her dissertation.

She spent almost two decades as a healthcare professional before embarking on her entrepreneurial journey. Jayna is a Rotarian and serves as secretary of the Community Services Subcommittee of her club. Her dedication to the advancement of women is seen through her appointment as one of the Board of Directors for Black Canadian Women in Action. She values lifelong learning and finds enjoyment in cooking, travelling and watching low budget romantic comedies. She is a wife and mother passionate about her family and excited about new possibilities emerging in her life.

 

Sharissa (Rissy) Unger Hantke – Panelist

Sharissa Hantke, RN, M.Ed., is a white settler nurse and educator located on Treaty 6 territory in Saskatoon.

She develops content and teaches in community and university settings, including undergraduate teacher education, nursing, professional development, and faculty education. In 2021, she completed a master’s degree in educational foundations at the University of Saskatchewan under the supervision of anti-racism expert Dr. Verna St. Denis.

Sharissa seeks to work for racial justice by learning about her complicity in colonialism and her responsibility to push for a critical antiracist lens in education.

 

 

 

Please enjoy this panel discussion hosted by the Regina Public Library. This is an important conversation with four community leaders, hosted by Rhonda Rosenberg from the Multicultural Council of Saskatchewan.

This panel discusses the barriers women face in our community and what we can do about it. Panelists include Jamiy Moran from the North Central Family Centre, Joana Valamootoo from Creative Options Regina, Rania Al Harthi from Regina Immigrant Women’s Centre, and Christine Boyczuk from Age Friendly Moose Jaw.

 

Visit https://mcos.ca/events/black-history-month/ for a list of events, resources, and info about the ACBHM.

As well as https://sachm.org/virtual-museum/ to see learn more about the history of accomplishments of African-Canadian’s across the province!

Reminder: Our upcoming book club meeting is in one week!

Date: THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 23

Time: 7:00pm – 9:00pm

Location: Zoom

This month’s read is
Conversations In Black: On Power, Politics, and Leadership by Ed Gordon.

Important: The meeting Zoom link will be made available in the Between the Pages, Speak Up! Facebook group prior to our meeting start time. If you don’t have Facebook, please email Risa at ic***@mc**.ca to receive the Zoom meeting link directly.

Join our Facebook Book Club group Here

MCoS is excited to announce the nominees for the 2022 Multicultural Honours Awards.

These awards are given every year to celebrate and honour the multicultural contributions

made by our nominees.

#SKStrong #FromManyPeoplesStrengths #TogetherWeMakeSaskatchewanStrong

 

Multicultural Youth Leadership Award

for promising contributions from people 29 years and under.

Congratulations to our nominees:

Darian Agecoutay

 

Amir Said

 

 

 

Saskatchewan Multicultural Leadership Award

for outstanding contributions to multiculturalism in Saskatchewan. Priority will be given to nominees who have demonstrated sustained periods of commitment in their contributions.

Congratulations to our nominees:

Dr. Shela Hirani

 

Lyndon J. Linklater

 

 

 Click here to view and download the Honours Program

 

In celebration of Saskatchewan Multicultural Week many cities, towns, and villages have shown their support and proclaimed November 19 – 27, 2022 as ‘Multicultural Week’ in their areas. Below you’ll find a list of participating communities.

Town of Assiniboia

Town of Battleford

Town of Birch Hills

Resort Village of Candle Lake

Village of Christopher Lake

City of Estevan

Resort Village of Island View

Town of Lumsden

Town of Nipawin

City of Prince Albert

City of Regina

Province of Saskatchewan

City of Swift Current

MULTICULTURAL WEEK 2022

From November 19-27, Help us celebrate Saskatchewan Multicultural Week!

#TogetherWeMakeSaskatchewanStrong #SKStrong

October is Islamic History Month!

Islamic History Month is a great opportunity to learn about the rich history of Islam, and the vast diversity within it!

Looking to get involved and celebrate? You can find ways here on the IHMC website:
www.islamichistorymonth.ca

With National Truth and Reconciliation Day approaching we wanted to share some of the events happening around the province and encourage everyone to get involved. This is by no means a complete list so please feel free to forward events we may have missed and we’ll add them.

Resources: Orange Shirt Day Handout

September 23-30 Truth and Reconciliation Week 2022

September 22 RT/SIS MMIWG2S Family Support Group

September 22 Newo Yotina Friendship Centre – Beginner Nakota Language Classes (Regina)

September 22 Removing Barriers to Employment for IEHPs, Online (Zoom)

September 23 Glen Anaquod Memorial Tipi Raising Competition (Regina)

September 23 Newo Yotina Friendship Centre – Healing Through the Arts (Regina)

September 25 Orange Shirt Beaded Pin Workshop (Wanuskewin)

September 27 Advocacy for the Health Human Resource Crisis in Canada – A Discussion on IMGs, Online (Zoom)

September 29 miyo-wîcîwitowin Day (Regina)

September 29 Newo Yotina Friendship Centre – Beginner Nakota Language Classes (Regina)

September 30 Regina Public Library – National Day for Truth and Reconciliation with author Lisa Bird-Wilson (Regina)

September 30 Newo Yotina Friendship Centre – Healing Through the Arts  (Regina)

September 30 Rock Your Roots – Walk for Reconciliation (Saskatoon)

September 30 National Truth and Reconciliation Day – “Honour to Senator Murray Sinclair” (North Battleford)

September 30 National Day for Truth and Reconciliation (Wanuskewin)