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Intercultural-Week

Intercultural Week

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Tuesday, March 21 to  Friday, March 24, 2017 

Saskatchewan Polytechnic is hosting its second Intercultural Week to:

  • Honour and celebrate cultural diversity within Saskatchewan Polytechnic;
  • Foster understanding and enhance the intercultural awareness of students, staff, and faculty;
  • Facilitate the transfer of knowledge and experiences among diverse communities; and
  • Foster safe learning spaces in which diversity is honoured and respected.

Come celebrate diversity within our organization by joining us at various events throughout the week! Everyone welcome!

Traditional Clothing Dayclothing

Date: March 21
All day
Students, staff and faculty are invited to wear traditional clothing which represents your cultural heritage as one of the ways to participate and celebrate in Intercultural Week. Traditional clothing and culturally-inspired contemporary dress are ways to demonstrate pride in our cultural heritage. 

Desperate for Haggis

Date: March 21
Time: 12:00 p.m. – 12:45 p.m.
Location: Cafeteria
Desperate for Haggis enjoys playing Celtic Music and bringing joy to audiences everywhere. The musical group performs mostly traditional Irish and Scottish music.

Terrence Littletent

Date: March 22
Time: 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Location: Cafeteria
Terrance Littletent is from the Kawacatoose Cree Nation and born in Regina, Saskatchewan. Much of his traditional teachings were inherited through his family and elders, singers and dancers, storytellers and academics. Terrance is an accomplished grass and hoop dancer who has traveled across Canada, the United States, and overseas, sharing his gift of song, dance and narrative.

International Food Sampling

Date: March 23
Time: 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Location: Cafeteria
A special lunch featuring international and cultural foods from around the world. Follow your nose to the cafeteria and indulge your taste buds with extraordinary flavors. Prepared by Professional Cooking program students.

Dickie Yuzicapi

Date: March 24
Time: 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Location: Cafeteria
For over 40 years Dickie has been singing and dancing as a traditional dancer within the pow wow circuit. Dickie performs from the heart. His intention is to preserve and share his culture as was taught to him by his great-grandparents, who never went to residential school and were raised pre-reservation style.

Opening Celebration - Drumming and Friendship Dance

Date: March 21
Time: 11:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Location: Academic Centre and the Technical Building
Join together in celebration and follow the drumming to meet in the Gymnasium for a campus community friendship dance. Hear Intercultural Week commencement remarks by campus committee chair.

Kiunga

Keynote Speaker - Joseph Kiunga

Date: March 21
Time: 12:00 p.m. – 12:45 p.m.
Location: gymnasium
Joseph Kiunga was born in Kenya and immigrated to Canada in 2001. He has called Prince Albert home for over 10 years and is a Sask Polytech alumni. Joseph is actively engaged in growing a diverse community and is the general manager for Prince Albert and District Community Futures. He will share personal stories about adapting to new environments and the importance of learning from one another.

International and Newcomer Student Panel

Date: March 22
Time: 12:00 p.m. – 12:45 p.m.
Location: Rm 236 Academic Centre
Engage in a lively event that will be sure to foster a greater understanding of cultural differences and similarities. Members of the Prince Albert Multicultural Society will guide the discussion. The Prince Albert Equity Awareness Committee hosts this luncheon. Lunch is provided.

Traditional Clothing Day

Date: March 22
All day
Students, staff and faculty are invited to wear traditional clothing which represents your cultural heritage as one of the ways to participate and celebrate in Intercultural Week. Traditional clothing and culturally-inspired contemporary dress are ways to demonstrate pride in our cultural heritage.   

Diversity, Opportunity and Challenge Presentation

Date: March 23
Time: 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Location: Learning Commons Rm 123 Technical Building
Proudly sponsored by ILDC
Having instructors and staff with a high level of cultural awareness and intercultural competence is now key when working with international students and staff. The Multicultural Council of Saskatchewan (MCOS) have identified four key modules:
1.Intercultural Competence and Communications, 2. Cross-cultural Engagement in the Community, 3. Diversity in the Workplace, and 4. Embracing Diversity Beyond the Surface
Shelley Belhumeur will provide a brief overview of each module.

Intercultural Winter Relay Challenge

Date: March 23
Time: 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Location: Outside front yard (Technical Building)
Gather your team and raise your spirits for this fun and active event featuring various outdoor survival stations! Teams meet in the Gym to prepare for race start and invite your friends to bravely cheer you on. Hosted by Integrated Resource Management and Resource Environmental Law programs.

Moccasin Making Workshop

Date: March 23
Time: 4:30 p.m. –6:00 p.m.
Location: Rm 225 Academic Centre
Let Elder, Celine Pearson guide you in creating a pair of your very own moccasins. Learn the art of sewing and beading leather. Employees are asked to pre-register. There is $35.00 workshop fee. All materials are supplied. Proudly sponsored Saskatchewan Polytechnic Faculty Association

Indigenous Pipe Ceremony with soup and bannock lunch

Date: March 24
Time: 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Location: Rm 225 Academic Centre
Celebrate Spring Equinox with a pipe ceremony led by Indigenous elder, Leonard Daniels. Afterwards, share in kinship with a lunch of soup and bannock. Hosted by the Indigenous Students Centre.

Ongoing Prince Albert events

Photo Story

Enhance your intercultural awareness by visiting the showcase of student, faculty and staff stories. Let’s honor and celebrate cultural diversity on campus together. View the display in the Technical Building Cafeteria foyer. Hosted by Student Services.

Intercultural Mini Film Festival

Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday: 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Viewing of short films during the lunch hour in the Technology Learner Support Centre (Library). Refreshments and snacks will be provided. Hosted by Library Services.

Literature Expose

Peruse a collection of books representing cultural diversity in story, art, clothing, music and food.
Students and staff are invited to place a pin on the world map where they call home. Hosted by Library Services.

Cultural Cuisine

Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday: 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Daily noon special featuring international and cultural foods from around the world. Follow your nose to the cafeteria and indulge your taste buds with extraordinary flavors. Prepared by Professional Cooking program students.

Wishing Tree

Write your wish and hope for Canada on a ribbon and then place on the Wishing Tree. Check it out upstairs in the student lounge of the Technical Building. Hosted by the Students’ Association.

Welcome to Intercultural Week

Date: March 21
Time: 11:30 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.
Location: Auditorium – 3rd Floor
Come and join the start of Intercultural Week by taking the Multicultural Council of Saskatchewan Welcome Home Pledge. A Welcoming and Inclusive Community is one which is free from discrimination and where residents feel able to participate in all aspects of the social, economic, cultural, and civic/political life on the municipality.

Traditional Clothing Day

Date: March 21
All day
Students, staff and faculty are invited to wear traditional clothing which represents your cultural heritage as one of the ways to participate and celebrate in Intercultural Week. Traditional clothing and culturally-inspired contemporary dress are ways to demonstrate pride in our cultural heritage.  

Multi-faith Panel from the Regina Multi-faith Forum

Date: March 21
Time: 11:45 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Location: Auditorium – 3rd Floor
Panelists will share how faith unites us.

Intercultural Film Festival

Date: March 21
Time: 10:30 a.m. 
Location: Auditorium – 3rd Floor
Join us for a variety of films highlighting themes of diversity and multiculturalism. Refreshments will be provided. Selections include Golden Sheaf winners from the Yorkton Film Festival and the National Film Board of Canada. Hosted by Library Services.

Bellegarde

Spoken word/rap performance with InfoRed – Brad Bellegarde

Date: March 22
Time: 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Location: Auditorium
Brad Bellegarde aka InfoRed has rocked the microphone across Turtle Island and has been a featured artist at events such as Aboriginal Music Week in Manitoba, APTN’s Aboriginal Day Live and Vancouver’s Olympic Games celebrations. Brad is a proud Nakota/Cree member of the Little Black Bear First Nation who calls Regina, SK home. When he isn’t manifesting rhymes on stage, Brad holds his head high walking the hallways of First Nations University of Canada as a Journalism student.

Mini Round Dance with Lone Creek Drum Group (Jeff Cappo)

Date: March 22
Time: 12:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Location: Auditorium
Staff and students are encouraged to join in the celebration of unity by participating in a Round Dance led by the Lone Creek drum group. Jeff Cappo will explain the history and purpose of Round Dances.

Intercultural Film Festival

Date: March 22
Time: 1:30 p.m.
Location: Auditorium – 3rd Floor
Join us for a variety of films highlighting themes of diversity and multiculturalism. Refreshments will be provided. Selections include Golden Sheaf winners from the Yorkton Film Festival and the National Film Board of Canada. Hosted by Library Services.

Issues Facing Muslim Canadians Today

Date: March 23
Time: 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Location: Auditorium
Zarqa Nawaz created the world’s first sitcom about a Muslim community living in the west. Little Mosque on the Prairie premiered to record ratings on the CBC in 2007. It finished airing it’s 91th episode in 2012 after completing 6 seasons and is now being broadcast to over 60 countries.

Latin Fusion

Latin Fusion Salsa Dance Night

Date: March 23
Time: 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Location: Main Street in front of Cafeteria – Level 1
Are you ready to learn some new moves? Or maybe just enjoy some Latin dancing performances? Join us in our Latin Fusion evening event. Refreshments and appetizers will be served!

Citizenship Ceremony

Date: March 24
Time: 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Location: Regina campus
Approximately 75 new citizens will receive their citizenship during the ceremony. More information to come.

Intercultural Film Festival 

Date: March 20
Time: 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. 
Location: Cultural Centre Ave W campus
Join us for a variety of films highlighting themes of diversity and multiculturalism. Refreshments will be provided. Selections include Golden Sheaf winners from the Yorkton Film Festival and the National Film Board of Canada.

Lunch with a Cop

Date: March 21
Time: 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. 
Location: Cultural Centre Ave W campus
Constable Gee will mark the International Day for the Elimination of Racism by sharing his experiences working with the Saskatoon Police Service in our diverse community. Bring your lunch. There will also be a question-and-answer session with Const. David Gee during this ‘Lunch with a Cop’!

Intercultural Film Festival 

Date: March 23
Time: 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. 
Location: Cultural Centre Ave W campus
Join us for a variety of films highlighting themes of diversity and multiculturalism. Refreshments will be provided. Selections include Golden Sheaf winners from the Yorkton Film Festival and the National Film Board of Canada.

Intercultural Talent Show and Pot Luck Lunch 

Date: March 24
Time: 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. 
Location: Cultural Centre Ave W campus
Join us and bring your talents! We will host a Talent Show over lunch to showcase our creative and artistic players. Bring a favourite dish to celebrate our diversity here at Avenue W.

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Traditional Clothing Day

Date: March 24
All day
Students, staff and faculty are invited to wear traditional clothing which represents your cultural heritage as one of the ways to participate and celebrate in Intercultural Week. Traditional clothing and culturally-inspired contemporary dress are ways to demonstrate pride in our cultural heritage.   

 

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Traditional Clothing Day

Date: March 21
All day
Students, staff and faculty are invited to wear traditional clothing which represents your cultural heritage as one of the ways to participate and celebrate in Intercultural Week. Traditional clothing and culturally-inspired contemporary dress are ways to demonstrate pride in our cultural heritage.   

Friendship Dance 

Date: March 21
Time: 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Location: Main hallway & Lecture Hall 104
Come and join Joseph Naytowhow in a celebratory dance of inclusion as he sings and drums his way through the campus.

Opening Keynote Speaker: Joseph Naytowhow

Date: March 21
Time: 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Location: Lecture Hall 104, Saskatoon main campus
Joseph Naytowhow is a gifted Plains/Woodland Cree (nehiyaw) singer/songwriter, storyteller, and voice, stage and film actor from the SturgeonLake First Nation Band in Saskatchewan. As a child, Joseph was influenced by his grandfather’s traditional and ceremonial chants as well as the sounds of the fiddle and guitar. Today he is renowned for his unique style of Cree/English storytelling, combined with original contemporary music and traditional First Nations drum and rattle songs.

Intercultural Film Festival

Date: March 21
Time: 4:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
Location: Room 317, Saskatoon main campus
Join us for a variety of films highlighting themes of diversity and multiculturalism. Refreshments will be provided. Selections include Golden Sheaf winners from the Yorkton Film Festival and the National Film Board of Canada.

Diversity Games

Date: March 22
Time: 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Location: Room 149
Join us for active, fun group activities to explore and celebrate the rich diversity of our community. Connect with others from diverse cultures and enhance your intercultural understanding.

Intercultural Sports

Date: March 22
Time: 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Location: Gym
Sports around the world unite people in friendship and friendly competition. Join us for a fun-filled hour of shuttlecock, a traditional Asian sport.

Alumni-Student Success Panel

Date: March 23
Time: 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Location: Fred Davies Auditorium
This panel will showcase unique success stories from international, newcomer and Indigenous graduates, including:

  1. Darshil Koshti was born in India. He travelled to the North American Continent after completing a Bachelor degree in Pharmacy. He came to pursue the Chemical Technology program at Saskatchewan Polytechnic and successfully accomplished his goal by graduating from the program in 2015. Darshil is currently working at SRC Environmental division and he feels that he is close to fulfilling his dreams for a better future.
  2. Kai Bekar is a recent graduate of the Medical Laboratory Technology Program at Saskatchewan Polytechnic. She was born in China and was a practising physician before immigrating to Canada in 2000. She worked in the medical research field in both Canada and United States and has many publications in a variety of medical journals. She joined the Medical Laboratory Technology program at Saskatchewan Polytechnic in 2014, graduated in December 2016 and is the recipient of an Academic Achievement Award. She works and lives in Saskatoon; she has recently taken a Pathologist Assistant position in the Histology Laboratory with the Saskatoon Health Region.
  3. Chantel Buffalo is a 2016 graduate student of the Hotel and Restaurant Management Program. Her cultures, Laos and Cree, have inspired her to one day open her own authentic Asian infused Aboriginal cuisine. She is a mother of four and is currently employed at Affinity Credit Union and the Saskatoon Travelodge. During her educational journey, Chantel presented as the key note speaker for Sask Polytech presentations as an Aboriginal Role Model. Additionally she earned many Scholarship Awards for her success. Chantel works hard to persevere, show initiative and leadership because she strongly believes that anyone can make their dreams come true.

Overcoming Odds: Resilience and Student Success

Date: March 23
Time: 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Location: Fred Davies Auditorium
Dr. Teddy Bandima was born in the Republic of South Sudan. Due to the civil war, he was forced to split with his family as a teen and flee his homeland to North Sudan. From there, he travelled across Ethiopia to Kenya where he spent seven years in the Dadaab Refugee Camp (northeastern Kenya) before immigrating to Canada in 2002. In this inspirational and informative presentation, Dr. Bandima will share his own personal journey and story of resilience as well highlights of the experiences of other Sub-Saharan African post-secondary students who were able to succeed in spite of tremendous odds.

Intercultural Week Trivia Night

Date: March 23
Time: 4:30 p.m.
Location: Henri’s Lounge
Test your intercultural knowledge at this fun event during Thirsty Thursday. Teams can sign up at the SPSA office and prizes will be awarded to the winning team!

Cultural Fashion Show

Date: March 24
Time: 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Location: Henri’s Lounge
Come and enjoy a fashion show and presentation featuring models wearing traditional clothes from different cultures.

Issues Facing Muslim Canadians Today

Date: March 24
Time: 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Location: Lecture Hall 104, Saskatoon main campus
Zarqa Nawaz created the world’s first sitcom about a Muslim community living in the west. Little Mosque on the Prairie premiered to record ratings on the CBC in 2007. It finished airing it’s 91th episode in 2012 after completing 6 seasons and is now being broadcast to over 60 countries.

Questions? Connect with communications@saskpolytech.ca.

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