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Bula Ghost speaks at the MCoS AGM with Kelsey Atceinson and Dr. Manuela Valle-Castro sitting to her right.

Laying the groundwork for real change

According to Dr. Manuela Valle-Castro — one of the panelists exploring how multiculturalism is entangled with colonialism at the Multicultural Council of Saskatchewan’s AGM on June 22 — conversations about this intersection could take years to fully realize.

“The entanglements between multiculturalism and colonialism are something that we could talk about for exactly a week or more, maybe a year, because it’s such a huge entanglement,” she told the bustling room at La Troupe de Jour in Saskatoon, adding that multiculturalism exists because of a colonial state.

When asked what multiculturalism being entangled with colonialism means to her, she noted that binary thinking regarding colonialism is itself an element of colonialism.

“When people think decolonization, they mean ‘all the Europeans have to leave, Land back, we’re going back to pre-contact’ or something like that. Right?” Castro said, noting that, in reality, it’s about untying and dismantling European perspectives.

“What we mean when we say decolonization, is actually a world in where many world views can co-exist.

“The colonial thinking is having one dominant, invisible culture that we call the norm … and then kind of like, appreciating and consuming other cultures. Whereas what we’re thinking here, is kind of decentering British colonialism.

“If we are talking about colonialism as a process based on power, right? How can we think about a form of multiculturalism where people are not just invited to share their culture, but where we are actually sharing power.”

This idea of sharing power then takes multiculturalism from a place of having one central, visible culture. At the same time, others are presented as spectacles rather than having cultures co-exist in the same society. Another key she noted, referencing Eugene Arcand’s prayer and teachings about reconciliation at the start of the day, is honoring authentic acts of reconciliation.

“We do have responsibilities towards reconciliation, and reconciliation is not possible without truth and justice,” she said, noting that next year will be ten years since the release of the Truth and Reconciliation Committee’s 94 Calls to Justice.

“We are accountable to those calls to action,” Valle-Castro said, adding that they serve as a road map to follow.

“Really, [we have] to remember those were not documents to sit on a desk or just to be a declaration of intentions.”

Eugene Arcand, speaking at MCoS’ AGM in Saskatoon, shares his thoughts about reconciliation in Canada after starting the event off in a good way with a prayer.

The Role of Authentic Reconciliation: Digging to the Root

As Kelsey Aitcheson, MCoS’ Regina ICARE Coordinator and fellow panelist, was driving to the AGM venue, she was busy thinking about something Arcand had mentioned in his opening prayer and comments.

“I am seeing a lot of our houseless kin out on the street, and 90 percent of them, if not more, are Indigenous,” Aitcheson — an urban member of the Standing Buffalo Dakota First Nation — said.

She’s often invited into these spaces, she noted, because an Indigenous perspective is required. She added she’s usually a tick in a check box for multicultural organizations.

“I am happy to share my experience. However, I … always have more questions than I do have answers. This is how we figure things out,” she added.

“How many times have you been in the presence of an Indigenous person because it was required through work? How many times have you taken the time to get to know Indigenous people within your community? How many times have you asked an Indigenous person to re-traumatize themselves so that you can understand?” she asked.

“I should also say, driving down 20th [Street] seeing all of the names of the buildings that have been changed to Indigenous words, I’m going to guess most of them are Cree — we are not all Cree — also I don’t have my language. You can change the name of a harm reduction facility to something Indigenous, a medical clinic to something Indigenous, a methadone clinic to something Indigenous; what is the root of the reason why you have to change a name to something Indigenous because it’s serving our community?” she asked.

She said that is where entanglements, reconciliation, and decolonization begin. Getting to the root of the problem, she noted, is vital.

“Why are 90 percent plus of our people out on the streets sleeping with tarps and dirty blankets right now? It’s deeper than that. We’re deeper than that.

“I’m educated, I’m very fortunate I have that privilege. However, there are people out on our street that have more education and experience than I do, but they are not welcome into this space because of who they are. I’m welcome into this space because I have a mother who is Indigenous who fought her … a** off to be taken serious professional, so that I can do the same.”

It’s questions and thinking patterns like those, she hoped, that got people to think about what change needs to happen.

Rhonda Rosenberg and Lisa Washinton sitting at a table, dark curtains behind them, as the busy table discusses different ways to disentangle colonization from multiculturalism.

Rhonda Rosenberg (MCoS Executive Director) and Lisa Washinton (former Board Director) pictured here at the 2024 AGM Education session in Saskatoon on June 22.

Using multiculturalism to share power with others

After Valle-Castro laid the groundwork for their discussion and Aitcheson shared a deeply personal presentation, Bula Ghosh said she wanted to talk about the entanglement of multiculturalism with colonialism from the perspective of an immigrant.

“I came from India, which was a [British] colony for 200 years … and even after 75 years of being independent,” she said, noting that British colonialism practices are sometimes ingrained into Indian culture.

“When I go to India now and see all these modern stores and departmental stores, the people serving are expected, women particularly, are expected to dress up in the western way: pants, and shirts, and jackets.

“This is not India.”

It’s a way, Ghosh explained, taking on colonial practices in an effort to gain the power present in a British Colonial society.

“I remember having a conversation in Edmonton with a family that came from Bangladesh,” she said. “And she was mentioning the pictures that she sees about Indigenous people, how it was scary to be out there,” Ghosh said, noting the often-negative portrayals of Indigenous people newcomers to Canada are often consuming.

“That’s what they said to me … and I had a big discussion with them at that time because I was getting slowly knowledgeable about the history of Canada, and how a certain group was oppressed.”

And while she notes that there have been improvements — the media doesn’t report the race of those committing crimes as often — here in Canada, we’re still not able to call ourselves a three-nation country of Indigenous, British, and French people.

“We have to fight for that.”

“We all have to be able to do things to make a difference, that reconciliation is our goal, but that will not happen without accepting the truth, working on it, and really showing it in our life,” she said, again the panel quoting Arcand.

She notes as an anecdote as she draws her talk to a close about a little comic hanging in her office. It features an HR Hiring Committee sharing thoughts about who should be hired: to find someone who looks diverse but thinks like us. In a nutshell, she says, this concept explains the idea of multiculturalism being entwined with colonialism.

“We have to use multiculturalism to share our power, it’s all about power and oppression … [and] reconciliation will never happen unless that economic power, the land, the resources are shared.”

“Entanglements: Questions about Multiculturalism and Colonialism” Interactive Zoom Discussion – June 5, 2024 from 6:30 – 8:00 pm on Zoom 

Join us for a conversation about how multiculturalism is tangled up with colonialism. Panelists will share what this entanglement means to them. Participants will discuss the ideas in small breakout groups, and have an opportunity to raise questions for further exploration.

This session is for MCoS Members and Partners only. Register HERE. The Zoom link will be sent after registration is received.   

Panelists

  • Bula Ghosh
  • Kelsey Aitcheson
  • Dr. Manuela Valle-Castro

Bula Ghosh (she/her)

Bula Ghosh works as a Program Coordinator at Great Plains College in Swift Current. She immigrated to Canada from India in 1981 and has been involved provincially and regionally in settlement. She strongly advocates for newcomers to Canada, multiculturalism, women’s issues, literacy learners, and all vulnerable people in our society. As a result of her growing awareness of the issues confronting Indigenous peoples –historically and currently – Bula organized a one-day event entitled “Truth and Reconciliation: Let’s Walk the Talk.” She gathered Indigenous and non-Indigenous committee members, found funding and community support and served as the master of ceremonies for the day. She continues to organize this event annually.

Kelsey Aitcheson (she/they)

As an urban member of the Standing Buffalo Dakota First Nation, Kelsey has spent her lifetime advocating for equality.  She is the local Regina facilitator for the Intercultural Connections and Anti-Racism Engagement (ICARE) program for the Multicultural Council of Saskatchewan (MCoS). In addition, she facilitates anti-racism youth leadership workshops. After the birth of her second child, Kelsey attended the First Nations University of Canada, double majoring in Psychology and Indigenous Studies. Kelsey shares her Two-Eyed Seeing perspective from a place of emotional connection, as well as experience and education.

 

Dr. Manuela Valle-Castro (She/her)
Dr. Valle-Castro is originally from Chile and has Mestiza (Spanish-Italian and Afro-Indigenous) background. She holds a Ph.D. in Gender, Race, Sexuality and Social Justice from the University of British Columbia and a master’s degree in Women’s and Gender Studies from the same university. She coordinated the Anti-Racism Network, and under this capacity, she led coalition-building and advocacy work with various actors, including Indigenous and settler organizations and agencies. She is also a mother of two and a resident of the core neighbourhood.

 

 

 

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)

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AGM 2021

The Multicultural Council of Saskatchewan (MCoS) held its annual general meeting on Saturday, June 19th virtually.
At the2021 annual general meeting, the membership elected three Director-at-large  2-year terms and two Director-at-large  1-year term with acclamations for Treasurer and Secretary.
We are delighted to present the 2021-22 MCoS Board of Directors:

Position Name
President Meka Okochi
Past-President Neeraj Saroj
Vice-President Cosanna Preston-Idedia
Treasurer Margot Hurlbert
Secretary Ayesha Baig
Director-at-large Susan Cambridge
Director-at-large Joel Fitzpatrick
Director-at-large Tatenda Mhaka
Director-at-large Hyunjung Shin
Director-at-large Julio Torres-Recinos
Director-at-large Jessica Walcott
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AGM 2021

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 Colleen Charles and Muna De Ciman. Thank you for your time, wisdom and guidance. You will be missed!
We look forward to working with the 2021-22 Board of Directors in the year to come as MCoS continues to move forward with its strategic plan.

Saskatchewan Multicultural Week, November 21-29, 2020

In 1974, Saskatchewan was the first province to enact multiculturalism legislation, recognizing the right of every community to retain its identity, language and traditional arts and sciences for the mutual benefit of citizens. In 1997, the Act was revised and a section of the Act states the policy should preserve, strengthen and promote Aboriginal cultures and acknowledge their historic and current contribution to development of Saskatchewan. More information is available on The Saskatchewan Multiculturalism Act. Responsibility for the Act resides with the Ministry of Parks, Culture and Sport.


MCoS Multicultural Honours Award Nominations

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Janelle Pewapsconias is the 2015 Multicultural Youth Leadership Award Recipient and Jebunnessa Chapola is the Betty Szuchewycz Award 2015 recipient.

Nominations due Thursday , October 1, 2020

MCoS Multicultural Honours is a Celebration in Honour of Multicultural Contributions
Hosted by the Lieutenant Governor of Saskatchewan through the Multicultural Council of Saskatchewan

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.)

Nominate

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


Call for Nominations for Multicultural Superheroes

Who’s Your Multicultural Superhero?

As we prepare to celebrate Saskatchewan Multicultural Week November 21-29, 2020 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  Saskatchewan Multicultural Leadership Award and the Multicultural Youth Leadership Award.


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Multicultural Awards Honour Multicultural Superheroes

Awards Program Highlights benefits of Diversity

Members of Saskatchewan’s multicultural community gathered at Government House in Regina on November 17, 2018 for MCoS Multicultural Honours to recognize significant contributions to multiculturalism by our very own multicultural superheroes. This annual hallmark event kicks-off Saskatchewan Multicultural Week and our host was His Honour the Honourable W. Thomas Molloy, Lieutenant Governor of Saskatchewan. 
Master of Ceremonies and Executive Director of the Lieutenant Governor’s Office, Heather Salloum, began the event by acknowledging that Government House is in Treaty 4 territory. We pay our respects to the First Nations and Métis ancestors of this place and reaffirm our relationship with one another through mutual respect and partnerships that began over 150 years ago. We are all Treaty People. This land is the traditional meeting ground and homeland of the First Nations, including Nehiyaw/Cree, Saulteaux, Dene, Nakota, Lakota, Dakota, and the Métis. 
We were honoured to have Elder Archie Weenie provide the opening blessing, setting the tone for a respectful and meaningful gathering. The Honourable Tom Molloy was sworn-in as Saskatchewan’s 22nd Lieutenant Governor provided opening remarks, underscoring the realities of the Saskatchewan motto From Many Peoples Strength, and his commitment to reduce racism. The Honourable Gene Makowsky, Minister for Parks, Culture and Sport offered remarks, reiterating the benefits of diversity. Finally, Neeraj Saroj, President of the Multicultural Council of Saskatchewan, brought remarks celebrating volunteers and multiculturalism in Saskatchewan. He also introduced the presentation. 
This year’s presentation highlighted the Sheldon-Williams Collegiate Mindful Creative Writing Course featuring a reading by Mays Al Jamous, student, of her poem titled “Being a Refugee.” The video about the school program and the poetry reading provide excellent examples of multicultural superheroes who inspire us to build welcoming and inclusive communities in our province.

Awards Nominees and Recipients

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The MCoS recognition committee, comprised of board and community members, assesses all nominees on their contributions to multiculturalism in Saskatchewan through all five streams of multicultural work – Cultural Continuity, Celebration of Diversity, Anti-Racism, Intercultural Connections, and Integration – and decides 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, Bob Bymoen, brought remarks and introduced the award.  
This year’s Multicultural Youth Leadership Award nominees are Nour Albaradan who stands out for her strong and effective involvement in school in the short time she has been in Canada, and Jiazhi Ding who is an International student at the University of Saskatchewan. He has stood up for the rights of Falun Gong and Black Lives Matter, as well as supported newcomers.  
The recipient of the 2018 Multicultural Youth Leadership Award is Nour Albaradan. She received an award of $500 from MCoS and SGEU. 
Nour has used her experience, voice, and passion to contribute meaningfully to the recognition and celebration of multiculturalism in Saskatchewan. Nour is proud of her Syrian heritage, so she is happy to share her culture, language, delicious food, and refugee experiences with others. Nour is always willing to let her voice be heard for equity and against discrimination, which requires extra practice in her new language. Her willingness to share her story and experiences in order to foster deeper learning and true understanding makes her an intercultural role model. Nour was part of Sheldon’s first Mindful Creative Writing class, where her openness and dedication to understanding, created an environment of inclusion that allowed other students to learn from her story and become confident in sharing their own stories. Nour’s contributions to her new Canadian home have been truly astounding! She uses her powerful voice to create awareness and connection. She is a multicultural superhero who does not allow anything to stop her. (Read: Nour Albaradan Full Bio)
Muna De Ciman, MCoS Director and Chair of the Recognition Committee, introduced the Betty Szuchewycz Award. In partnership with the Saskatchewan Government Employees’ Union, Muna presented the nominees and recipient of the 2018 Betty Szuchewycz Award.   
The committee received four Betty Szuchewycz Award nominees. Barb Dedi stands out for her extensive local work with individuals and groups to bridge gaps between communities. Hasanthi Galhenage is the director of the Cathedral Area Co-operative Daycare. She uses her leadership role to cultivate a learning environment that celebrates commonalities and differences. Paul Kardynal has been a champion for new immigrants to Canada and Ukrainian Canadians in the Battlefords and northwest Saskatchewan for over 30 years. Yaseen Khan is very committed to taking initiatives to create awareness of cultural diversity in the workplace. He has shown leadership in accommodating multifaith practices at SaskTel.  
The 2018 Betty Szuchewycz Award recipient is Barb Dedi. She selected Spring Free From Racism for a donation of $500 from MCoS and SGEU.
Barb demonstrates her life-long commitment to multiculturalism in Saskatchewan through extensive local work with individuals, groups and organizations in Regina, as well as involvement with provincial, national and international organizations focusing on human rights, employment equity, labour, racism, and psychiatry issues. Barb is a cultural continuity role model as she promotes ethnocultural organizations to strengthen the diversity in Regina and Canada. Barb’s dedication to recognizing and rejecting racism are readily evident. She is the President of Spring Free From Racism Saskatchewan Association on Human Rights Inc. and has been active in this provincial organization for close to 40 years of its 50-year history. Barb’s life is a story of intercultural connections; she welcomes and creates opportunities for people to share their story, their journey and their intercultural experiences. She supports organizations to develop a deeper understanding of what cultural diversity means and to create a respectful and fair community where everyone is welcome. As a force for integration, ensuring all people are seen as contributors, Barb has been an activist in the labour movement and political realm for human rights, equity and women’s committees. Barb’s impressive work has been noted with awards and nominations, including the Saskatchewan Volunteer Medal, SGEU and YWCA. Through her forty years of leadership, she has fostered new leaders who take significant roles in their own ethnocultural communities, lead workshops, coordinate pavilions to celebrate their culture and our diversity, and address racism and discrimination. (Read: Barb Dedi Full Bio) 

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.


Promo Videos

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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Saskatchewan Muticultural Week

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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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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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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.
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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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Generating Momentum 2024 Youth Leadership & Activist Training Conference

July 4-7, 2024, in Regina, SK.

Registration Deadline: June 21, 2024 ·

Application Fee: $20.00 (non-refundable)

For any inquiries or further details, feel free to reach out to our youth coordinator, Taylor Marshall, at yo***@sa*****.org or 306.757.4669.

Registration: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSemc2RhZ79WmJs0zSnUXpDQG_pPSujkUqNFvqsJD8dIzW6U3Q/viewform

How can we embed Accessibility in our EDI (Equality, Diversity, and Inclusion) work so our anti-oppression efforts foster belonging in our diverse workforce and reflect the values of intersectionality and disability justice? How do we do this work without creating increased stress and confusion among staff and board members? While the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA) is our benchmark for change, it won’t need to be fully implemented until 2025. We can start now by shifting our organizational culture to ensure sustainable change. Start by recognizing the places we get “stuck.” Organizations and non-profit agencies can and should apply access and inclusion principles to programming, board initiatives, and the general organizational culture. This will foster a commitment that goes beyond compliance and the checking off of boxes. To help us get “unstuck,” Fran Odette and Sree Nallamothu present five good ideas from their experience at the Toronto Neighbourhood Centres. Discover how you and your non-profit organizations can respond to the need for an accessible workplace with integrity and accountability.

Speakers: Fran Odette and Sree Nallamothu

Note: Live closed captions available for this webinar.

Colonialism on Canvas is an opportunity to use art as a medium to explore how settler colonialism has shaped our identity in Saskatchewan.

SCIC Global Connections – December Networking Social – Regina

Join us for another exciting evening of networking and learning at SCIC Global Connections in Regina! This in-person gathering will take place on Wednesday, December 13, at 5:00 PM at Bushwakker Brewpub (Clubroom), 2206 Dewdney Ave, Regina.

Whether you’re a professional looking to expand your network or simply interested in meeting like-minded individuals, this event is the perfect opportunity to connect with others in a relaxed and friendly environment. Exchange ideas and build valuable connections.

This will be our final networking in Regina for 2023. As always, we will focus on international cooperation, sustainability, and social justice. Our presenter for the evening will be from EnviroCollective! (https://www.envirocollective.ca/)

Take advantage of this fantastic chance to expand your network and make new friends and contacts. Join us at the SCIC Global Connections Networking Social at the Bushwakker Brew Pub in Regina! (https://bushwakker.com/)

In the wake of the ongoing conflict in the Middle East, the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community of Regina Chapter is holding a special event called Voices for Peace. Through this event, people of various faith groups including Jews, Christians, Hindus, Indigenous, Sikhs and Muslims will gather to pray for peace.

Voices for Peace is part of an international initiative launched under the guidance of the World Head of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Jama`at, the Caliph, His Holiness, Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad. The event will include reading from scriptures, remarks from religious leaders and a collective prayer. We would like to cordially invite you to our Voices for Peace program taking place at 5:30pm on Saturday, December 9, 2023 at Mahmood Mosque, 3810 Eastgate Dr, Regina. We are asking all our guests to arrive 15 mins early. Various faith leaders, community leaders and elected officials are expected to attend. Please share this invite with your friend and neighbours.

Feel free to post it on Social Media. (facebook, Instagram etc). This event is open to everyone. Please RSVP via email at pr*******@ah*******.ca or by phone at (306) 993-2826.

 

Join us for an inter-faith dialogue a community initiative that invites individuals from diverse faith backgrounds and those who don’t hold a specific belief in a higher power to come together in a spirit of mutual respect and understanding.
Through open conversations and shared experiences, we aim to break down barriers, dissolve misconceptions, and foster a sense of solidarity among neighbors of different faiths.
Join hands with us as we cultivate an inclusive environment where diverse religious perspectives contribute to the vibrancy of our community.
Embrace the beauty of coexistence, strengthen connections, and collectively build a community that celebrates the rich mosaic of beliefs that make us uniquely human.
Let us share multi-faith global peace prayer as we pray for a world where compassion knows no borders and the desire for global peace that will unite us all.
Venue: 304565, Township Road 362
Date: December 5th, 2023
Time: 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Light refreshments (finger food and beverages) will be provided
For more information:
call us at 306-986-5047
or
email us at co**************@tr******************.org
See you there!

At the Annual General Meeting (AGM), the Board of Directors and Management Team of the Ness Creek Cultural & Recreational Society present a review of the previous year including event recaps, audience profiles, survey tidbits and more. We also review the organization’s financials for the past fiscal year and elect the 2023/2024 Board of Directors.
You must be a member in good-standing to attend and registration is required.
We look forward to looking back at the past year with you!
Event details including location will be shared two weeks prior to the event, and again the day before the AGM. Registration closes Wednesday, December 6.

This workshop is for Indigenous or Canadian organizations whose primary mandate is to present visual or media art, as well as independent cultural workers (curator, consultant, researcher etc.). We highly encourage organizations to register at least two participants, so knowledge is shared within the organization. Participants may include board and/or staff from the organization.

Date: Tuesday, November 28, 2023

Time: 1-3 PM EST (please check your local time zone) on Zoom

More Information/Registration: https://indigenous-protocols-test-site.squarespace.com/events/cultura-workers-nov-28

The Newcomers (2022) documentary chronicles the lives of five immigrants facing isolation in small-town Saskatchewan as some of them struggle to find acceptance in their new homes.

The film screening and discussion will take place in the RPL Film Theatre. For those who are unable to attend in person, view the panel discussion online via Zoom.

Organizations need to engage the communities in which they work. This workshop will equip participants with skills and practical ways to engage the public.

We will cover principles of engagement with a focus on equity for diverse community members and offer insight from the Multicultural Council of Saskatchewan (MCoS) research on promising practices for intercultural relations. This framework is built on five areas: relevance and impact, diverse engagement and dialogue, youth engagement, integration and equity, and relationship building. It provides opportunities for application for participating organizations.

Facilitated by Michelle Hassler, Executive Director of the Prince Albert Multicultural Council and Yordanos Tesfamariam, Education Manager and trained facilitator at MCoS.

Building Bridges Through Culture takes place Tuesday, November 21 from 10:30am – 12:00pm.