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)

L-R: Ayesha Baig, Jessica Amadi, Cosanna Preston-Idedia, David Camarador, Michael Afenfia, Meka Okochi, Lisa Washington.

Absent: Susan Cambridge, Margot Hurlbert, Saqib Khan, Julio Torres-Recinos.

The Multicultural Council of Saskatchewan (MCoS) held its annual general meeting on Saturday, June 25th at Wanuskewin Heritage Park in Saskatoon. The day included educational programming offered by Wanuskewin, member consultation, and the annual business meeting.

At the 2022 annual general meeting, the membership elected three Director-at-large  2-year terms and one Director-at-large 1-year term.

We are delighted to present the 2022-23 MCoS Board of Directors:

Position Name
President Cosanna Preston-Idedia
Vice-President Susan Cambridge
Treasurer Margot Hurlbert
Secretary Ayesha Baig
Past-President Meka Okochi
Director-at-large Lisa Washington
Director-at-large Saqib Khan
Director-at-large David Camarador
Director-at-large Michael Afenfia
Director-at-large Julio Torres-Recinos
Director-at-large Jessica Amadi

   

We would like to thank all the nominees that let their names stand for the MCoS Board of Directors – your interest in our organization and multiculturalism is greatly appreciated and respected. If you were not elected, we hope that you will find other ways to be involved in MCoS.

MCoS would also like to recognize the contributions of our outgoing Board members Neeraj Saroj, Joel Fitzpatrick, Tatenda Mhaka, Hyunjung Shin, and Bradley Bellegarde. Thank you for your time, wisdom and guidance. You will be missed!

We look forward to working with the 2022-23 Board of Directors in the year to come as MCoS continues to move forward with its strategic plan.

Events and Resources

Saskatchewan Indigenous Cultural Centre – virtual storytelling event for schools across Saskatchewan

The Library Services for Saskatchewan Aboriginal Peoples (LSSAP) events

Carol Golden Eagle – Saskatchewan Cultural Exchange workshop, Storyteller on Tour

FROST @Downtown – :Indigenous Storytelling City Square in downtown Regina

  • Feb 4 at 6:45pm and 7:30pm: Brad Bellegarde
  • Feb 5 at 1:00pm: Joely BigEagle-Kequahtooway
  • Feb 6 at 1:00pm: Rhonda Donais
  • Feb 10 at 6:45pm and 7:30pm: Dickie Yuzicapi
  • Feb 11 at 6:45pm and 7:30pm: Calvin Racette
Virtual Presentation- Join Solomon Ratt, Wilfred Buck, and Festival of Words for Aboriginal Storytime. You can register here. Feb 15- 17.

Decolonize YQR: Reconciliation and Yoga

  • Feb 15 at 7:00pm, online via Zoom: Learn to find balance through the ceremony of yoga.

Reconciliation Through Conversation – with John Lagimodiere

  • Feb 16 at 7:00pm, hosted in partnership with the Regina Open Door Society.

YQR Tipi Exhibit Central Library, 2311-12th Avenue

  • Jan 30 to Feb 28: Visit the Tipi at Central Library to learn about the teachings and values related to its poles; for caring for ourselves and living in balance.

YQR Shelley Niro: A Good, Long Look 

  • For over 30 years, Shelley Niro has challenged dominant perceptions of Indigenous people through her art and filmmaking.
  • Dunlop Art Gallery, Central Library
  • Dunlop Art Gallery, Sherwood Village Branch

Resources-

Indigenous Voices Collection 

Together we make Saskatchewan stronger 

Members of Saskatchewan’s multicultural community gathered at Wanuskewin Heritage Park in Saskatoon on November 20, 2021 for MCoS Multicultural Honours to recognize significant contributions to multiculturalism by community members. This annual hallmark event kicks-off Saskatchewan Multicultural Week and our host was His Honour the Honourable Russ Mirasty, Lieutenant Governor of Saskatchewan.  

Master of Ceremonies and Executive Director of MCoS, Rhonda Rosenberg, began the event by acknowledging that Wanuskewin Heritage Park is in Treaty 6 territory. This land is the traditional meeting ground and homeland of the Nehiyawak/Cree, Saulteaux/Anishnaabeg, Nakota, Dakota, Stoney Nations and Motherland of the Métis/Michif Nation. We recognize the deep and ongoing harms of colonialism and reaffirm our commitment respectful and equitable relationships with this land and its original Peoples. We are all Treaty People, and strive to be good treaty relatives.  

We were honoured to have Muna De Ciman provide the opening blessing, setting the tone for a respectful and meaningful gathering.  

 The Honourable Russ Mirasty, Lieutenant Governor of Saskatchewan, provided opening remarks, underscoring the realities of the Saskatchewan motto From Many Peoples Strength, and his commitment to reconciliation, inclusion and diversity.   

The Honourable Laura Ross, Minister for Parks, Culture and Sport offered remarks, reiterating the benefits of diversity and the pride that Saskatchewan was the first province to recognize the significance of multiculturalism through legislation in 1974.  

Finally, Meka Okochi, President of the Multicultural Council of Saskatchewan, brought remarks celebrating volunteers and multiculturalism in Saskatchewan. He also encouraged discussion regarding multiculturalism and what makes Saskatchewan strong before introducing the presentation.  

This year’s presentation highlighted Peace Akintade who is an African Canadian interdisciplinary Poet, Public Speaker, and Thespian residing in Saskatoon. Her poems touch on the impact of slavery in her village, colourism, growing up in Kuwait, Nigeria, and Canada, and relearning her culture in the face of colonization.  

Awards Nominees and Recipients 

Meka Okochi, MCoS president; Her Honour Donna Mirasty; His Honour the Honourable Russ Mirasty, Lieutenant Governor of Saskatchewan; Rhonda Rosenberg, MCoS Executive Director; the Honourable Laura Ross, Minister of Parks, Culture and Sport; Neelu Sachdev, Saskatchewan Multicultural Leadership Award recipient; B’yauling Toni, Multicultural Youth Leadership Award recipient; Tracey Sauer, SGEU president; Ayesha Baig, MCoS Secretary and Chair of the Recognition Committee; and Diane Ralph, SGEU First Vice President 

The MCoS recognition committee, comprised of board and community members, assesses all nominees on their contributions to multiculturalism in Saskatchewan through the five streams of multicultural work – Cultural Continuity, Celebration of Diversity, Anti-Racism, Intercultural Connections, and Integration – and selects the recipients.   

The Saskatchewan Government and General Employees’ Union (SGEU) once again partnered with the Multicultural Council of Saskatchewan to sponsor the Multicultural Youth Leadership Award. SGEU President, Tracey Sauer, brought remarks and introduced the award. Diane Ralph, First Vice President accompanied her. 

This year’s Multicultural Youth Leadership Award nominees are: 

  • Mia Bhatia, who encourages acceptance of South Asian culture and empowers the Indian community through events, fundraisers, and celebrations;  
  • David Camarador, who is an excellent example and mentor to youth, and especially other Filipino and 2SLGBTQ+ youth;   
  • Mwila Munganama has inspired others by advocating for gender and racial equality; 
  • B’yauling Toni, who embarked on a journey of reconciliation by visiting all federal residential school sites by bicycle.  

 The recipient of the 2021 Multicultural Youth Leadership Award is B’yauling Toni. He received an award of $500 from MCoS and SGEU. B’yauling Toni’s awareness of his family’s Austrian–German and Taiwanese cultural heritages, gives him perspective on the deep impact cultural genocide and the intergenerational impacts of residential schools have had on Indigenous Peoples to continue cultural practices and beliefs, not only in Canada but in many countries. He celebrated diversity by practicing meaningful traditions, such as offering tobacco ties and gifts of tiny moccasins to each community. The initiative B’yauling has taken to engage in acts of reconciliation through a 3,000 kilometer cycling tour has led to strong intercultural connections and relationships. With mutual trust and respect, he participated in a celebration of unique histories, cultures, and knowledge with 20 different First Nations communities. An excellent listener, he gained a deeper understanding of cultural similarities and differences, as well as position and power. B’yauling leveraged social media to raise awareness amongst his peers and older audiences. The Moccasins for Remembrance tour raised over $10,000 for the Orange Shirt Society to raise awareness across Canada about the ongoing legacy of Indian residential schools. 

 Ayesha Baig, MCoS Director and Chair of the Recognition Committee, introduced the Saskatchewan Multicultural Leadership Award. In partnership with Dairy Queen and Jim and Michelle Braun, Ayesha Baig presented the nominees and recipient of the 2021 Saskatchewan Multicultural Leadership Award.   

The committee received 3 Saskatchewan Multicultural Leadership Award nominees: 

  • Nelson Eng has a long history of working within the Chinese Canadian community and multicultural community by sponsoring, fundraising and attending events that support multiculturalism and act to end racism; 
  • Pallavi Mozumder is a singer and music teacher who uses her traditional arts to support cultural continuity in Bangladesh and Saskatchewan; 
  • Neelu Sachdev has been contributing to her community both as the executive director of the Regina Immigrant Women Centre (RIWC) since 2003, and through running the Arcola East Bhangra Dancers. 

The 2021 Saskatchewan Multicultural Leadership Award recipient is Neelu Sachdev. She selected Regina Immigrant Women’s Centre for a donation of $500 from MCoS.

Neelu Sachdev has been the executive director of the Regina Immigrant Women Centre (RIWC) since 2003, developing the organization, acting as a strong advocate, and serving newcomers from more than 30 countries. RIWC is now an essential community service organization, providing ongoing supports and training, and her leadership is exemplified in the pivot to online learning during the pandemic. Neelu Sachdev has often been involved in the March 21 anti-racism programs in Regina and other Saskatchewan communities. Neelu Sachdev was frequently called upon following 9-11 and in other times of fear and uncertainty to speak at gatherings. She brought The Gold Bracelet, a movie about the discrimination that followed 9-11, to tour Saskatchewan in 2006 and 2013. Each of the screenings was followed by a community discussion. Her leadership has been integral to the partnership that organizes annual International Women’s Day gatherings at the Mackenzie Art Gallery. 

We had the most amazing time at Wanuskewin last Saturday (20th Nov), seeing the members of our multicultural community at the Honours event.

Congratulations to all the nominees for the 2021 Multicultural Youth Leadership award! The recipient for the 2021 Multicultural Youth Leadership award is B’yauling Toni ??? The recipient for the 2021 Saskatchewan Multicultural Leadership award is Neelu Sachdev ???

We wish you all the best!

     

A Celebration in Honour of Multicultural Contributions

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

Date

Saturday, November 20, 2021

Time

2:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Location

Wanuskewin Heritage Park, Saskatoon

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. (Jim & Michelle of Dairy Queen partners 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.)

Stay tuned to know the Nominees!

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.

 

More Events:

 

National Day for Truth and Reconciliation Event
Presented by the Regina Public Library

The Regina Public Library will host a lunch-hour event for the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation. Elder Marjorie Lavallee will open the event with a song and blessing. There will be a drum group providing an honour song, a jingle dance performance along with the attendance of special guest and local author Bevann Fox. Bannock and tea will be served at the event.

Date: September 30, 2021
Time: 12 – 1 p.m.
Location: Central Library, Mezzanine

Event Agenda

  • Elder Marjorie Lavallee will open with a song and blessing
  • Drum group provide honor song
  • Bevann Fox, author of Genocidal Love

Bevann Fox is a member of Pasqua First Nation, originally from Piapot First Nation. In 2012 she received her Bachelor of Arts in Arts and Culture and in 2018, her Master in Business Administration, Leadership from the University of Regina. In 2014 she was honoured with the YWCA Women of Distinction Award—Arts, Culture and Heritage. She received an Indigenous Voices Award for Genocidal Love, which was also honoured with two Saskatchewan Book Awards.

  • Jingle dance performance
  • Bannock and tea provided


Orange Shirt Day Virtual Presentation

Presented by the Royal Saskatchewan Museum

In celebration of Orange Shirt Day, the Royal Saskatchewan Museum is hosting a virtual presentation with Life Speaker and Residential School Survivor, Tim Poitras from Muscowpetung First Nation. Tim Poitras will speak about his residential school experience. Musician and youth mentor Brad Bellegarde Brad, aka InfoRed, will share his song “I Remember”, honouring his parents as residential school survivors.

Date: September 30, 2021
Time: 2 – 2:45 p.m.
Location: live stream

Stay tuned for the live streaming link. For more information about the event, visit the Royal Saskatchewan Museum’s website.


National Day for Truth and Reconciliation Events
Presented by Wanuskewin Heritage Park
If you would like to participate in any of the upcoming Wanuskewin events, please view the event’s poster.

 

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Job Opportunity: Communications Coordinator

Responsible to:          Executive Director

Starting Salary:         $55,000 – $60,000 per year

Hours:                         Full-time: 37.5 hours per week (M-F 9:00 am to 4:30 pm; with flexibility)

Start date:                As soon as possible

The Multicultural Council of Saskatchewan (MCoS), a non-profit provincial organization has a career opportunity for a strong communications generalist. The candidate for the position of Communications Coordinator will lead the development of communications plan, execute, strengthen relationships with media, increase profile and understanding of multiculturalism throughout the province, develop a wide array of communication materials, oversight of social media and website, deepen engagement with the multicultural community, and support the communication needs of other project coordinators.

Responsibilities:

The Communications Coordinator is responsible for coordinating the organization’s communication efforts, internally and externally, based on an overarching communications strategy that aligns with the organization’s mandate, strategic and operational plans. The Communications Coordinator plays a central role in establishing, strengthening and promoting MCoS’ public image and key messages in order to achieve the Ends as defined by the Board of Directors. The Communications Coordinator reports and is responsible to the Executive Director, and works in accordance with the policies of the organization.

The Communications Coordinator will work both independently and collaboratively to be responsible for:

  • Developing and implementing annual or multi-year communications strategies, in conjunction with Executive Director;
  • Internal and external communications and campaigns designed to reach target groups with key messages associated with the overarching plans of MCoS;
  • Providing communications and stakeholder relations advice for membership activities;
  • Developing, coordinating and maintaining a series of tools designed to effectively deliver various MCoS communication messages to target groups as required. Tools may include, but are not limited to: newsletters, brochures, publications (electronic/print), website, digital, advertising (print, web, television, radio and other), media advisories, news releases, stories, and surveys;
  • Supervising the Communication Specialist and Administrative Assistant in communications roles related to newsletter, website, social media, and production of tools;
  • Basic graphic design with knowledge of Adobe Creative Suite and Adobe Premiere Elements;
  • Website and digital content management – WordPress, Hootsuite, YouTube, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and LinkedIn;
  • Tracking and monitoring media coverage related to all MCoS activities;
  • Coordinating and ensuring communication consistency among membership and partnership across all channels;
  • Developing and implementing communication campaigns to promote MCoS’ fundraising activities, including but not limited to, the annual promotion of the Multifaith calendar;
  • Supporting MCoS’ advocacy role through research and development of advocacy tools designed to build awareness of the benefits of multiculturalism in the province;
  • Building and strengthening relationships with all MCoS stakeholder groups (such as businesses, multicultural community groups, educational institutions, and government representatives);
  • Branding: a strong custodian of maintaining the visual identity and branding of MCoS communication materials;
  • Sourcing outside agencies and suppliers, through Request for Proposals and contracts, to support communication requirements and effectively managing the resulting contracts;
  • Preparing and submitting campaign, project reports, and annual budgets to the Executive Director;
  • Evaluating communication outcomes on a regular basis to provide input into impact assessment and future planning;
  • Other duties as assigned by the Executive Director.

Knowledge, Skills, Abilities, and Requirements:

  • A degree in communications, journalism, public relations, or marketing; or a combination of formal schooling, self-education, prior experience and on-the-job training;
  • Three or more years of demonstrated communications experience – particularly experience in non-profit or community-based organizations is an asset;
  • Outstanding written and verbal communication skills with the ability write, proofread, and edit website and digital content, speeches, stories, reports, presentations, annual reports, etc.;
  • Excellent computer skills (Microsoft Office: Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Office 365);
  • Strong Media Relations skills – interviews, messaging, relationship building, and tracking;
  • Advertising and promotion – create or outsource creative, media buying, and measurement using print, video, television, radio, digital, billboard, location signs, and social media;
  • Advocacy – experience in non-profit or community-based organizations, social issues, community mobilization, campaigns, messaging, and measurement;
  • Strong organizational skills and a commitment to professionalism, including the ability to multi-task, managing timelines and multiple deadlines;
  • Excellent interpersonal and cross-cultural communication skills with demonstrated welcoming, respectful approach to interactions;
  • Independent, energetic, analytical, self-starting and responsible worker, driven by successful, punctual and quality outcomes;
  • Familiarity with the multicultural community, the issues it faces, anti-racism and the benefits of diversity is a significant asset;
  • Demonstrate a proven track record of working harmoniously within teams;
  • Have the ability to travel in Saskatchewan from time to time, and have a valid driver’s licence;
  • Be willing to work occasional evenings and weekends.

Application Process:

In order to have Communications Coordinator starting by the end of August (if possible), timelines are short. Please email your application (subject line: Communications Coordinator position) to Rhonda Rosenberg, Executive Director, at **@mc**.ca by 12:00 p.m. on Friday, September 17, 2021.

We will only contact shortlisted applicants for interviews. The interview process will include an experiential assignment.

Include the following in your application:

  • Cover letter and resume clearly outlining how you meet the education, experience, knowledge, skills, abilities, and requirements for this position.
  • Portfolio with the following examples: campaign or project plan, news release, media advisory, speech, talking points, article, and creative that you have designed (poster, website graphic, etc.).
  • Three professional references (ensure they are ready and available to be contacted by email)

Only candidates currently living in and legally entitled to work in Canada will be considered.

Download Job Description

MCoS Communications Coordinator – Job Description 2021 (pdf)