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Multicultural Awards Honour Multicultural Superheroes

Multicultural Honours Awards Event and Recipients
On November 16, 2019, the multicultural community gathered at Government House for MCoS Multicultural Honours to recognize significant contributions made by the Saskatchewan community. Lieutenant Governor of Saskatchewan, Honourable Russ Mirasty hosted the event. The Multicultural Week is launched annually with the Multicultural Honours Awards. Community engagement campaigns are active throughout November.
The event started with the Master of Ceremony, Executive Director, Lieutenant Governor’s Office, Heather Salloum, acknowledging that we are on Treaty 4 territory and Motherland of the Métis Nation. Elder Archie Weenie shared an opening blessing, and his wisdom on the importance of healing from wounds of the past, respectful, and meaningful shared experiences to define our collective future.
In his opening remarks, Lieutenant Governor, Russ Mirasty, emphasized the importance of cultural continuity. He stressed the damage done by policies and practices that repress culture, language, and tradition – people lose their sense of identity and self-worth. In contrast, he recognized the contributions of all nominees as leading the way to understanding and appreciating each other’s cultures and traditions. He concluded by acknowledging MCoS’ strong, inspiring multicultural leadership in the province and presented greetings on behalf of her majesty Queen of England, Queen Elizabeth II in Cree, his first language.
The Honourable Gene Makowsky, Minister for Parks, Culture and Sport recognized that the award presentation is a reflection of our collective desire to build Saskatchewan by increasing avenues for inclusion and diversity. In particular, he mentioned the Ministry was impressed with the Multicultural Youth Leadership Award nominees already involved in multicultural work. He said they are certainly the future of the province. Neeraj Saroj, President, Multicultural Council of Saskatchewan concluded the speeches by celebrating volunteers who have devoted skill and time to multiculturalism in Saskatchewan. It was a moment of sober reflection as Neeraj Saroj stated that MCoS Multicultural Honours was especially significant on the anniversary of the execution of Louis Riel, someone we now recognize as a Multicultural Superhero.
Zane Buchanan, the 2019 Saskatchewanderer, shared his insights from his journey to self-discovery and his experience as a Saskatchewanderer. Some of the culturally immersive events he attended this year include a Tipi Building Competition at the U of R, Kâniyâsihk Cree Culture Camps with the Fort Qu’Appelle Learning from the Land Class, and the Two-Spirit powwow at Beardy’s Okemasis Cree Nation. He reiterates that as we welcome new cultures into our province with open arms, we contribute to its growth as many newcomers make major contributions to agriculture, trade and export economies.
While introducing the Multicultural Youth Leadership Award category, Saskatchewan Government and General Employees Union (SGEU), President, Bob Bymoen explained how organizations could take positive steps to implement multicultural policies, using SGEU as an example. He highlighted Fostering Acceptance of Indigenous Rights (FAIR) committee that reviews policies to ensure that at all times SGEU is adhering to the inclusion and diversity policy. Through this committee, SGEU also reaches out to organizations like MCoS who are involved in multicultural work within the province. The awards nominees were Nicholas Bage, student, Saskatchewan Urban Native Teacher Education Program (SUNTEP), Jinhong Chen, student, Sheldon-Williams Collegiate, Jiazhi Ding, student, University of Saskatchewan Friends of Falun Gong Association, and Golden Njoku, Canahari Multidisciplinary Summer Program (CMSP).
Nicholas Bage humbly accepted the award. Nicholas utilizes the power of storytelling to share his Métis heritage, culture and perspective as seen in his collaboration with Heritage Saskatchewan to create Saskatchewan Métis Road Allowance Memories. Since becoming a member of ACT in grade nine, his high school anti-racism group, he has lead workshops teaching methods of identifying and combating racism in all form. He helped to organize and facilitate retreats for both elementary and high school aged students. As a university student, he has always made himself available to facilitate workshops and has been very instrumental in helping youth understand colonization through the “gentle” facilitation of the Blanket Exercise. Students are attracted to his non-judgmental approach. Nick’s outstanding leadership is clear in these activities as well Pink Shirt Day, and Orange Shirt Day. He will receive $500.

Awards Nominees and Recipients

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Muna De Ciman, MCoS Director and Recognition Committee Chair introduced the Betty Szuchewycz award. The four nominees were Nelson Eng, Chinese Freemasons and more, Haris Khan, Award-winning Comedian, and Humanitarian, Sandy Wankel, Founder, North Central Family Centre (NCFC), and Westminster United Church, Westminster Outreach Committee (Sheila Dowling, Barbara Wickstrom, Tannis Mark, Darrell Reine and Carol Olson).
A visibly shocked Sandy Wankel won the Betty Szuchewycz Award. Sandy began the North Central Family Centre (NCFC) eighteen years ago with a vision to empower youth, families and the North Central community. Her goal was to open a safe, respectful and welcoming centre for children after school and for community members. The Centre creates opportunities for First Nations and Métis cultural practices, including a ribbon skirt-sewing club and Indigenous Elders. Under her leadership, diverse staff, volunteers, students, and community members work together with respect and collaboration. Sandy values partnerships and fosters those that contribute to community wellness.  She has directed the $500 donation to North Central Family Centre as her charity of choice. Both recipients also receive Jacqueline Berting framed glass prairie lilies.
In addition to the celebrations, the event is a reminder that each individual owes it to themselves, the community and future generations to contribute to multiculturalism and diversity. While the week runs November 16-24 in 2019, MCoS runs the Who is Your Multicultural Superhero? campaign throughout November to encourage sharing. Everyone in Saskatchewan is encouraged to identify and celebrate whoever has made an impact.
In conclusion, MCoS appreciates the over 11,079 volunteers who contributed over 218,343 hours of time in 2018-19 – making them multicultural superheroes! These volunteers view the world from different and refreshing perspectives that ultimately benefit all.
Saskatchewan Multicultural Week is an annual celebration in recognition that Saskatchewan was the first province to enact multiculturalism legislation in 1974.

Celebrate Saskatchewan Multicultural Week 

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We celebrate Saskatchewan Multicultural Week to recognize that in 1974, Saskatchewan was the first province to enact multiculturalism legislation. Responsibility for the Act resides with the Ministry of Parks, Culture and Sport.  Learn more & view the Act: http://mcos.ca/saskatchewan-multicultural-week/  
We also celebrate through the campaign: Who’s Your Multicultural Superhero? Tell us and Celebrate Saskatchewan Multicultural Week all November. Use #MulticulturalSuperhero on social media. This campaign outlines successful examples of leaders being able to inspire others through their values, beliefs and actions. Learn more about the campaign: http://mcos.ca/multiculturalsuperhero

MCoS Multicultural Honours Awards Photo Gallery

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 

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Celebrate Saskatchewan Multicultural Week | Who’s Your Multicultural Superhero?

About Saskatchewan Multicultural Week

Saskatchewan Multicultural Week takes place November 16-24, 2019. It has two main purposes: 1) It recognizes the Saskatchewan Multiculturalism Act and 2) Celebrates the cultural diversity and contributions to multiculturalism in Saskatchewan. This is a key way we can create welcoming and inclusive communities.

  • In 1974, Saskatchewan was the first province to enact multiculturalism legislation – we can be proud of this progressive thinking and leadership we have demonstrated.
  • Responsibility for the Act resides with the Ministry of Parks, Culture and Sport who proclaims Saskatchewan Multicultural Week as do many other communities across the province
  • Each year, we create a resource called ‘Building Welcoming Communities’ that provides helpful tips for creating welcoming and inclusive communities. It is available for download.

About the Campaign

To celebrate Saskatchewan Multicultural Week, we are running a campaign all November. This year, our theme is Who’s your Multicultural Superhero?’ with the hashtag #MulticulturalSuperhero.

  • Multicultural Superheroes serve as successful examples of leaders who inspire others through their values, beliefs and actions (Learn more)
  • Examples of Multicultural Superheroes: Leaders of all types: Organizations, Movements, Individuals (Family Members; Friends; Politicians; Activists; Famous People; Comic book, TV, Movie and Book Characters; Authors; Artists; Athletes; etc.)
  • Participate: Tell us who your multicultural superhero is and why using #MulticulturalSuperhero social media. You can share any way that you want – video, writing, poem, tweet, music, dance, photo and caption and so on.

About MCoS Multicultural Honours

Every year, through the MCoS Multicultural Honours Awards, the Multicultural Council of Saskatchewan recognizes Saskatchewan’s very own multicultural Superheroes who have made significant and promising contributions to multiculturalism in our province.
We accept nominations for the Betty Szuchewycz Award and the Multicultural youth Leadership Award, both presented in partnership with SGEU. This year’s recipients will be announced on November 16 at the Honours Awards.

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Dear friends,
The federal government announced community funding in support of the anti-racism strategy in September. The Anti-Racism Action Program (ARAP) priorities focus on employment, justice, and social participation. The deadline to apply for ARAP funding is December 17.
MCoS is aware that many organizations and individuals in Saskatchewan are engaged in important anti-racism anti-oppression work, and that many of you are likely applying for this funding. We think that all applications will be stronger if we share our plans. We will be able to talk about how our activities connect to what others are doing. We can offer letters of support. In networking, we may build new partnerships or collaborations. We would love to amaze Ottawa with the strength of work in Saskatchewan!
I invite you to gather on October 30 in Saskatoon (location TBD – please let me know if you have space to offer). We will meet from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Lunch will be provided. It will be helpful if you have considered what you might put forward, perhaps also what supports you might need.
MCoS will subsidize travel expenses. We are looking at renting a van to come from Regina in order to reduce costs and increase connections.
I look forward to meeting to loosely coordinate our efforts towards recognizing and rejecting racism and discrimination in Saskatchewan. Please feel free to share this with others that may be interested.
Please register by October 23.
Rhonda Rosenberg (she/her)
Executive Director
Multicultural Council of Saskatchewan (MCoS)

NEWS RELEASE: The Multicultural Council of Saskatchewan Calls for
Country Thunder to Recognize and Reject Racism in Performances

July 17, 2019 
REGINA -The Multicultural Council of Saskatchewan (MCoS) joins the Federated Sovereign Indigenous Nations (FSIN) in calling for Country Thunder Music Festivals to discontinue contracts with Williams and Ree due to their ongoing use of harmful stereotypes. Additionally, we call on Country Thunder and other festivals in Saskatchewan to refrain from featuring any performances with racist content in the future. Racism: Recognize it. Reject it!
While race has minute basis in biology, it is a social construct created for groups that place themselves as superior to exploit and oppress those they designate as inferior. Racism works through cultural, systemic, individual and internalized forms.
This Williams and Ree comedy act, which exploits stereotypes about Indigenous Peoples as jokes, is cultural racism. Cultural racism is how we come to learn values, beliefs, and norms, and the hierarchy that we assign cultures. We usually are not aware of learning these concepts or how we reinforce them. Cultural racism shows up in advertising, movies, history books, definitions of patriotism, and in policies and laws. It influences collective beliefs about what constitutes valuable performances. It contributes to systemic racism by providing justification for laws and policies, such as racial profiling. Cultural racism is also a powerful force in influencing individuals to believe in the superiority or inferiority of their ethnic, religious or linguistic heritage. These beliefs translate into individual racism and internalized racism.
The cultural racism evident in the Williams and Ree act relies on and normalizes stereotypes about Indigenous Peoples. This contributes to the climate of permission to express racism and hate. There is no question that some people carry negative perceptions of First Nations and Métis people based on common stereotypes. The results of providing a platform to overtly reinforce stereotypes translates into individual actions. These range from choosing tenants for rental housing, hiring practices, and treatment of individuals. We are aware of reports of racism in comments hurled at Country Thunder staff based on stereotypes reinforced in the performance. This discrimination is degrading with impacts on mental health and safety. Racism, as seen in this comedy act, actually gives permission to people to act on prejudice.
We note that Terry Ree is Indigenous. In this context, we also see internalized racism at play. This occurs when people targeted by racism come to believe that the stereotypes and prejudices of racism are valid. Conversely, MCoS understands that Indigenous Peoples are important contributors to Saskatchewan in the past, present and future. We encourage all residents of this land to learn about tradition and the ongoing impacts of colonization: TRC Principles and Calls to Action, MMIW Calls for Justice, and OTC Treaty Education. We are all treaty people.
“The Multicultural Council of Saskatchewan is grateful to the leadership of Chief Bobby Cameron and the FSIN for calling out racism in this performance. We support their efforts in our work to create awareness about racism, how it works, and its impact. Racism is never funny; racism damages individuals and communities. Humour can be a tool to normalize stereotypes, or to make us question the ideas underneath them. It can contribute to a culture of permission for racial discrimination, or it can open thoughts and conversations. We call on festival organizers to consider the impact of the words and actions of performers. We ask the residents of Saskatchewan to recognize and reject racism. The provincial motto, From Many Peoples Strength, shows us that Saskatchewan can do better to create a welcoming and inclusive province for all residents,” states Rhonda Rosenberg, Executive Director.
For resources on how to recognize and reject racism, visit http://mcos.ca/marchoutracism and http://mcos.ca/anti-racism-101.
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Communications and Marketing Coordinator
Multicultural Council of Saskatchewan
Phone: 306-721-6267
Cell: 306-537-0593
Email: communications@mcos.ca
About the Multicultural Council of Saskatchewan (MCoS)
The Multicultural Council of Saskatchewan is a charitable, non-profit organization committed to promoting, fostering, improving and developing multiculturalism in the cultural, economic, social and political life of Saskatchewan while working to achieve equality of all residents. All our work is rooted in the five streams of multicultural work: cultural continuity, celebration of diversity, anti-racism, intercultural connections, and integration. We support member organizations in a variety of ways, including workshops, investments in their activities that implement our mission, aims and objectives, networking and information, and being the lead voice on multiculturalism in the province. We also support anti-racism and multicultural education activities in schools.
We celebrate significant dates, such as Saskatchewan Multicultural Week in November, African-Canadian Black History Month in February, International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination on March 21, Hispanic Heritage Month in April, Asian Heritage Month in May, National Aboriginal History Month in June, Celebrate Canada from June 21 to July 1 and Islamic History Month in October.
For more information, please visit mcos.ca and follow us on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and LinkedIn.
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June is National Indigenous History Month

In June, Canadians celebrate National Indigenous History Month, an opportunity to honour the heritage, contributions and cultures of Indigenous peoples in Canada.
On June 21, Canadians from all walks of life are invited to participate in the many National Indigenous Peoples Day events that will be taking place from coast to coast to coast. This is a special day toNational Aboriginal History Month, National Aboriginal Day, Indigenous, Aboriginal, First Nations, Métis, Inuit, Multicultural Council of Saskatchewan, MCoS celebrate the unique heritage, diverse cultures and outstanding achievements of First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples in Canada. Learn about Governor General’s Proclamation.
In 2009, June was declared National Indigenous History Month, following the passing of a unanimous motion in the House of Commons.
National Indigenous History Month provides an opportunity to recognize not only the historic contributions of Indigenous peoples to the development of Canada, but also the strength of present-day Indigenous communities and their promise for the future.
Celebrating National Indigenous History Month in June is an important tribute to the heritage and diversity of First Nation, Inuit and Métis communities across Canada.
For more information and events visit: http://mcos.ca/indigenous-aboriginal-history-month/

Welcome Home 150 Pledge

Annually we recognize Canada’s anniversary. It is a perfect time to commit to the TRC Calls to Action and affirm our values of being welcoming and inclusive to all by taking the Welcome Home 150 Pledge – #WelcomeHome150
For more information: http://mcos.ca/welcome-150-pledge

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2019 AGM and Member Consultation

Saturday, June 22, 2019 | 9:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Le Bistro, 3850 Hillsdale Street, Regina, SK
This year’s MCoS AGM will focus on reconciliation, BRIDGES, and member consultation regarding a new strategic plan. It is a deeper learning opportunity for everyone. We will provide our members how to showcase cultural activities through deeper learning with an interactive series of presentations.
Click here for: Full details and registration

Board Nominations

The MCoS Board is still accepting nominations for: (1) Treasurer, (1) Secretary, and (3) Directors at Large. All positions are two-year terms.
Remember: In order for an applicant’s nomination to be promoted to the membership it had to be received by Wednesday, May 22, 2019. After that, we will continue to accept nominations, including at the AGM until nominations cease, but not promote them.
Click here for: Full details and nominations

Audited Financial Statements Available

The Multicultural Council of Saskatchewan’s 2018-19 audited financial statements are now published for viewing. This action puts MCoS in compliance with The Non-Profit Corporations Act, which states that audited financial statements are to be published and made available to members for viewing 15 days prior to the annual general meeting.
Click here for: MCoS 2018-19 Audited Financial Statements (pdf)

MCoS 2019 Board Nominees as of May 22

Remember: In order for an applicant’s nomination to be promoted to the membership it had to be received by Wednesday, May 22, 2019. The list of candidates has been compiled and published for your review in consideration for voting at the AGM on June 22. We will continue to accept nominations, including at the AGM until nominations cease, but not promote them.

Click here for: MCoS 2019 Board Candidates – As of May 22 (pdf)

We look forward to celebrating our successes with you. We welcome your input and involvement.

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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.

Learn more

Find out about important events and figures in Asian Canadian History here: http://mcos.ca/may-is-asian-heritage-month/

March 21 Campaign – Racism: Recognize it. Reject it!

March 21 Background

March 21: International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination

March 21 is designated by the United Nations (UN) as the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination. It’s a day observed all around the world to focus attention on the problems of racism and the need to promote racial harmony. The UN made this designation in 1966 to mark a tragic event that took place on March 21, 1960 in Sharpeville, South Africa when 69 peaceful demonstrators were killed during a protest against apartheid.
Learn more about March 21

March 21 Campaign

Racism: Recognize it. Reject it!

Download the free Activity Kit

MCoS is running a provincial educational anti-racism campaign linked to the activity kit we created that features content about how to recognize and reject racism. We have also launched a social media campaign to accompany this campaign using #MarchOutRacism.
During March we invite members, partners, schools, workplaces, faith groups and the public to use the activity kit in creative ways and record the event with photos and video and post to social media using #MarchOutRacism.
Learn about March 21 Campaign and Activity Kit

March 21 Events

Join events taking place around Saskatchewan focused on the recognition and elimination of racial discrimination.
March 21 Events


Join us for the February Break Theatre Camp hosted by Kris Alvarez & Joely BigEagle-Kequahtooway.

Explore your creativity through performing arts and gain a deeper understanding of other cultures while having fun and making friends.

  • Ensemble skills – Learn to build trust, connection, respect and communication skills. Play theatre games that support respect and sharing perspectives.
  • Acting tools – Use improvisation to create and physicalizing characters.Learn how to use your voice clearly and confidently.
  • Storytelling – Create your own story by learning:  What makes a story interesting for audience? How to tell a story in exciting ways by incorporating symbols, sounds and movement.

Dates:  February 19 – 23, 2019
Location: Regina Open Door Society, 2220 12th Avenue (4th Floor)
Time: 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Lunch and Refreshments will be provided

Join us for Celebration, Sharing & Food on February 23rd, 2019

Family, Friends & Community are all invited!
Location: Artesian 2627 13th Avenue, Regina, SK
Time: 2:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.

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