Orange Shirt Day is observed each year on Sept. 30. Orange shirts were chosen as a sign of support based on the story of Phyllis Webstad, who was sent to the St. Joseph Mission Residential School outside of Williams Lake, BC in 1973 at the age of six. For her first day at school Phyllis proudly wore an orange shirt that her grandmother had managed to save enough money to buy for her, only to have the mission staff take it away and force her to wear a school uniform.

In recognizing September 30, 2021 as the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation, the Diversity and Inclusion Network proudly present an online Virtual Honouring for residential school children who did not make it home, survivors, descendants and their communities.

Register here- https://bit.ly/3hfivPC

The virtual event will include inspiring speakers such as Elder Lorna Standingready and Chief Cadmus Delorme; video clips from Cyclist, B’yauling Toni’s tours of Saskatchewan residential schools; and, traditional First Nation and Métis performances!

The Diversity and Inclusion Network is a community of practice network whose purpose is to share best practices, learn about various topics together and collaborate on initiatives. The Diversity and Inclusion Network organizes events such as the National Indigenous Peoples Day Celebrations on June 21st and Orange Shirt Day on September 30th in honour of residential school survivors.

Please note: This event is on September 29 and it will begin at 10:45AM, Saskatchewan time.

A Celebration in Honour of Multicultural Contributions

Hosted by the Lieutenant Governor of Saskatchewan through the Multicultural Council of Saskatchewan

 

MCoS Multicultural Honours Award Nominations

October 1, 2021

The Awards

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. (The Saskatchewan Government and General Employees’ Union (SGEU) is partnering with MCoS to present this award, which includes a $500 donation to the recipient’s charity of choice.)

Multicultural Youth Leadership Award for promising contributions from people 29 years and under. (The Saskatchewan Government and General Employees’ Union (SGEU) is partnering with MCoS to present this award, which now includes a $500 reward.)

Eligibility: Living Saskatchewan residents are eligible for nomination with the following exceptions:

  • Anyone who is currently serving as an MCoS Board member, committee member or staff or has served in the past 2 years is not eligible
  • Immediate family members of such board members or staff are not eligible
  • People holding or seeking political office are not eligible
  • Members of the judiciary who still hold office are not eligible
  • Any past recipients of any MCoS award cannot be nominated for the same award.

Criteria: All nominees will be evaluated on how their contributions align with the five streams of multicultural work:

  1. Cultural Continuity
  2. Celebration of Diversity
  3. Anti-Racism
  4. Intercultural Connections
  5. Integration.

Preference will be given to the person who demonstrates the most significant contributions to all five streams of work.

How to Write a Strong Nomination Application 

READ MORE AND NOMINATE NOW!

 

 

June marks National Indigenous History Month in Canada.
We stand in solidarity and extend our deepest sympathy with the Tk’emlúps te Secwépemc First Nation and all Indigenous people impacted by residential schools. This month also marks the 25th anniversary of National Indigenous Peoples Day, held annually on June 21st.

According to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, at least 150,000 Indigenous children attended residential schools in Canada from the late 1800s to 1997. This is not just a ‘dark chapter’ in our country’s past- the ideas of racism that justified colonization continue to be embedded in our society, institutions, interpersonal interactions and ideas about ourselves. Indigenous communities continue to face systemic oppression, trauma, inequity, and discrimination to this very day.

We recognize that our vision of building a welcoming community, a community that demonstrates equity and inclusion to benefit from the contributions of all members, can only be achieved by acknowledging the history and working towards decolonization and true reconciliation.

You can learn more about the heritage, diverse cultures and outstanding contributions of First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples by visiting Celebrating National Indigenous History Month, by reading a digital copy of one of the books from the Indigenous Reads-reading list or by exploring some of the resources listed below.

Events-

 

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During the month of May, we acknowledge the long and rich history of Asian Canadians and their contributions to Canada. Many Saskatchewan residents are of Asian heritage including, but not limited to Afghani, Bangladeshi, Chinese, Indian, Iranian, Iraqi, Japanese, Karen, Korean, Laotian, Nepalese, Pakistani, Filipino, and Vietnamese. Canada’s cultural diversity strengthens the country socially, politically and economically in innumerable ways. Asian Heritage Month is an ideal occasion for all to celebrate the rich values, beliefs and cultural expressions of various Asian cultures.

MCoS is presenting a virtual forum to discuss Our Stories of Anti-Asian Racism on Wednesday, 27th May.

To watch the recording, click here

 

Other events

Resources

READ MORE ABOUT ASIAN HERITAGE MONTH

 

2021 Community Events

Prince Albert Community Forum – March 2, 2021 from 6:00-8:00 p.m.

 

Yorkton Community Forum – March 16, 2021 from 7:00-9:00 p.m.

 

Swift Current Community Forum– March 25, 2021 from 7:00-9:00 p.m.

 

Regina Community Forum – March 23, 2021 from 7:00-9:00 p.m.

 

La Ronge Community Forum – March 30, 2021 from 6:30-9:00 p.m.

 

 Stay tuned for more info!

Storytelling events at libraries across Saskatchewan

For families or individuals wanting to participate in Indigenous Storytellers Month, there are events happening all across Saskatchewan. Find a full list here.

The Regina Public Library is hosting the following storytelling events:

  • Indigenous Storyteller’s Gathering on Feb. 2 at 7 p.m.
  • Indigenous Storytelling Through Children’s Books on Feb. 3
  • Indigenous Storytelling Through Graphic Novels on Feb. 10
  • Indigenous Storytelling Through Films on Feb. 17
  • Indigenous Storytelling through Puppets on Feb. 23

The Saskatoon Public Library is holding the following events:

  • Storytelling Spotlight: All About Storytelling on Feb. 1
  • Storytelling Spotlight: Saulteaux Stories on Feb. 3
  • Indigenous Spotlight: Music from Dallas & Phil Boyer on Feb. 6
  • Storytelling Spotlight:Stories with Maureen Belange on Feb. 10
  • Indigenous Spotlight: Music from Marentin Fehr on Feb. 13
  • Storytelling Spotlight: Sculpture & Story with Lyndon Tootoosis on Feb. 17
  • Indigenous Spotlight: Make Bannock & Soup with Glenna Henderson on Feb. 20
  • Storytelling Spotlight: Eagle Feather News on Feb. 24

African-Canadian Black History Month

The Saskatchewan African-Canadian Heritage Museum (SACHM) has been one of the provincial leaders in promoting the importance of the historical and current contributions of people of African descent in the province. After years of reflecting and studying, this year they have chosen to change the title of the month to African-Canadian Black History Month. This is meant to align with the 1978 UNESCO Declaration on Race and Racial Prejudice, which clarified that genetics do not support human racial classifications; however, race as a social, political and economic construct remains a reality that results in persisting racial discrimination, violation of human rights and social injustices. The new title is meant to be inclusive of all people of African descent. MCoS applauds the efforts of the many organizations and individuals who work on cultural continuity, who share their cultures at celebrations of diversity, who expose the cost of racism and how we can go beyond it, who reach out to build intercultural connections within and beyond the African-Canadian community, and who contribute to social cohesion in all communities in Saskatchewan in so many ways.

EVENTS 2021

  • Jan 28th to Feb 20th- Black History Month Online Art Auction

  • Feb 6 & Feb 27- Black Family: Representation, Identity, and Diversity

  • Jan 30 – The launch of ‘African Canadian Black History Month  2021 at MacKenzie Art Gallery

  • Feb 6 – La Communauté des Africains Francophones de la Saskatchewan Inc (CAFS) Opening via ZOOM. From 2p.m. to 5:40 p.m. Email direction@cafs-sask.org to attend.

  • Feb 8 – Monday, 8 pm begin series of “Played & Stayed” on ACCESSNow TV

  • Feb 8-18 – Social media and email diffusion of stricking black figures. Email direction@cafs-sask.org to attend.

  • Feb 13 – Anansi production – partners SK Can Caribbean Assoc (SCCA), New Dance Horizons & SACHM – On-line a 3 pm

  • Feb 19- A movie by Cinergie: Sorte de L’ombre. Email direction@cafs-sask.org to attend.

  • Feb 26 – Theatre Sk doing play on-line about Viola Desmond called “Other People’s Heaven”.  The play writer is Beau Dixon who will also be available for a talk back at one of the shows. Contact SACHM for more info.

  • Feb 26- Quiz Francophone Africa. Email direction@cafs-sask.org to attend.

  • Feb 27 – SACHM Wrap Up of Month with greetings from Lt Gov and showings of play by UCAS youth – Li’l Shadd, Anansi and “Other Peoples Heaven”

  • Feb 27- CAFS BHM closing ceremony via ZOOM from 2p.m.-6p.m.

To read more about African-Canadian Black History Month click here.

Who’s Your Multicultural Superhero?

As we prepare to celebrate Saskatchewan Multicultural Week November 16-24, we are asking you to nominate “Multicultural Superheroes” to honour the significant impact they have made in our province through the five streams of multicultural work. MCoS Multicultural Honours: A Celebration in Honour of Multicultural Contributions is an annual event hosted by the Multicultural Council of Saskatchewan during Saskatchewan Multicultural Week. The awards presented are the Betty Szuchewycz Award and the Multicultural Youth Leadership Award.


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Watch people share who their Multicultural Superheroes are and why.

For all the details, nomination forms and stories about past recipients, visit: MCoS Multicultural Honours 


Related Links

Building Welcoming Communities
MCoS Multicultural Honours
Saskatchewan Muticultural Week