Intercultural-Week

Intercultural Week

Tuesday, March 19 – Friday, March 22, 2019

As a globally recognized institution, Sask Polytech’s community is made up of people from around the world, both on our home campuses and at satellite locations. Our diverse student population comes together in the classroom to nurture new ideas, and adds new dimensions to what and how we learn. For the fourth year in a row, we are celebrating this incredible diversity through a series of events during Intercultural Week.

Saskatchewan Polytechnic is hosting its fourth 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 Sask Polytech by joining us at various events throughout the week! Everyone is welcome!

Questions? Contact Ann Mackenzie at 306-691-8352 or mackenzieann@saskpolytech.ca.

March 19 - 22, 2019

Event: March Out Racism
Time: All week
Location: Hallways/foyer
Details: This activity is provided by the Multicultural Council of Saskatchewan. There are two components: Recognize Racism & Reject Racism. Content will be posted in the hallways containing information about each component. It is an opportunity for students and faculty to learn, consider and share their thoughts by writing and posting their ideas.

Recognize Racism: this includes information about what racism is and examples of different types of racism.

Reject Racism: once we know what racism is, we can do something about it

During Intercultural week, templates and sharpies will be provided for students and faculty to share their thoughts and these will be displayed in the foyer of the cafeteria and showcased throughout the week.

 

March 19 , 2019

Event: Diversi-tea
Time:

11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Location: Library
Details: Lisa Oram from Simplicitea will be bringing teas from around the world for students to sample, she will also be presenting on the origin, brewing process, cultural significance and benefits of tea.

 

Event: Drumming & Teaching
Time:

Noon - 12 - 12:30 p.m. & 1 - 1:30 p.m.

Location:

Foyer

 Details:

Donna is currently the Provincial Director for the Friends for Life project under the Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA, Sk Division) and also oversees the CMHA, Moose Jaw Branch. Donna has been with CMHA for over 25 years. She has worked with people with long term mental illness in the area of social and vocational rehabilitation and now is primarily an educator but still oversees Peer Support. Donna is a certified trainer in many areas of prevention, recovery, suicide prevention, and first aid for mental health problems. Donna is also on a number of Provincial and National Committees. Donna Lives in Moose Jaw with her husband and is a part of the clubhouse sandwich generation with boomerang children.
"Drumming gives us an experience where we can be free to connect with ourselves and others, in order to release, restore and heal. It is a universal language where all people can be a part, free from words and concepts so we can experience life with an open heart". Learn more about the benefits of drumming.

 

Event:  Honour Ceremony
Time: 5 - 7 p.m.
Location: Macoun Lounge
Details: Celebrating the hard work, dedication and achievements of our Indigenous students.

 

March 20, 2019

Event: Cultural Day
Time: 11:30 a.m.  - 12:30 p.m. & 12:30  - 1:30 p.m.
Location: Macoun Lounge  & meeting room
Details:

Taste the World Buffet: Students from the commercial cooking program will be creating a sampling of food items from around the world including, Vegetarian Spring Roll with Sweet Chili Sauce, Veg Samosa with Spicy Sauce, Tender Jerk Chicken, Bannock and Bison Slider, Baklava.

Culture: Music and dance are powerful mediums of communication that transcend language. Representing a variety of cultures, staff and students will share their culture through their music and dance.

 

March 21, 2019 

Event: Indigenous Day
Time: Noon - 1:30 p.m.
Location: Macoun Lounge & Cafeteria (Foyer)
Details:

Mr. Dickie Yuzicapi, Indigenous Cultural Knowledge Keeper, Spiritual Advisor

As with many Indigenous people today, Dickie Yuzicapi comes from a culturally diverse heritage. His heritage represents some of the Plains cultures found in Saskatchewan today: Ojibwa, Cree, Métis and Dakota.

For over 40 years Dickie has been singing and dancing as a traditional dancer within the powwow circuit. Dickie performs from the heart. He sings to honour the cultures and the people from within those cultures. His original compositions, along with a striking voice, enables him to embellish the historical songs of indigenous cultures by using a blend of traditional instrumentation and contemporary performance. Recently, Dickie has also started playing, composing the music and carving the Indigenous flute.

As a storyteller, Dickie recalls the stories impressed on him as a child, featuring creation, historical and comedic stories for all ages. 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. Dickie reflects the Indigenous philosophy and culture which continues to have a profound effect on the world today.

Professionally, for 17 years, Dickie remains the chef and owner of the Sioux Chef Catering Company. His company caters to all types of large and small events across North America.

Southern Plains Metis Local 160 Display: Louis Riel and Metis displays in foyer.

 

March 22, 2019

Event: Game Day
Time: Noon - 1:30 p.m.
Location: Gym and Macoun Lounge
Details:

Sports and recreation are great ways to be involved, active and engaged in the community. Come participate, teach, or learn a new skill.

Sport Sports in Gym

  • Floor Hockey – skills, drills, and game


Board Games and Artistries

  • Cards, Scrabble
  • Origami
  • Dream Catchers
Questions? Contact Holly Rivet at 306-765-1520 or riveth@saskpolytech.ca.

March 18, 2019

Event: Blanket Exercise
Time: 11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Location: Gym
Details:

Interactive learning experience – developed in collaboration with Indigenous Elders, knowledge keepers and educators – that fosters truth, understanding, respect and reconciliation among Indigenous and non-indigenous peoples.

March 19, 2019

Event: Opening Celebrations
Time: 11:30 a.m. - Noon 
Location: Technical Building and Academic Centre
Details: Drumming and friendship dance.

 

Event: Keynote speaker, Becky Saskamoose Kuffner: Shifting the Lens
Time: Noon - 1 p.m.
Location: Library
Details: Anti-Racism education strategy and practice involves: developing new policies and procedures; education for staff professional development; reviewing hiring practices to ensure diversity; examining corporate training material to identify racial bias; developing training material, resources, and strategies; and ensuring inclusive practice. This session identifies and locates the importance of anti-racism as the cornerstone to ideas of reconciliation as our community implements the Truth and Reconciliation Calls To Action.

 

Event: Living Library
Time: 3 - 4 p.m.
Location: Library
Details: Carrie McCloy: Indigenous Adoptees Experience with Racism: the 60s Scoop.

 

March 20, 2019

 

Event: Cree Syllabic Art Project
Time: 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Location: Library seminar room A102  
Details: Write your name in Cree syllabics and paint with
natural plant based paints from plants of Saskatchewan.

 

Event: One Campus, Many Cultures
Time: Noon - 1 p.m.
Location: Room 236 AC
Details:

Deepen your cultural understandings through respectful dialogue with International and newcomer student panel about the successes and challenges of being new to living and studying in Canada.

 

Event: Living library
Time:  3 - 4 p.m.
Location: Library Computer Lab
Details: Guest panel TBA

 

March 21, 2019

Event: Intercultural Winter Relay Challenge
Time: Noon - 1 p.m.
Location: Outside front yard
Details:

Teams perform a series of outdoor survival skills required by the early Indigenous peoples to gain their livelihood.

 

Event: Living Library
Time: 3-4 p.m.
Location: Library Computer Lab
Details: Guest panel TBA

 

March 22, 2019

 

Event: World Foods
Time: 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Location: Student lounge – 2nd floor Technical
Building 
Details:

Student handmade cultural snacks and Canadian poutine samples

 

Event: Library Online Resources
Time: Noon - 1 p.m.
Location: TLSC A116
Details:

Becky Szeman: Four Seasons of Reconciliation.

 

Event: Indigenous Round Dance
Time:  1 - 5 p.m.
Location:  Academic Centre Room 232 and Gym
Details:

Celebrate Spring Equinox in the spirit of Wahkotowin. Join elders in the lighting of fire, a pipe ceremony and feast.

Dancing and giveaways to follow before the fire is extinguished.

 

The following events will be taking place all week:

  • Cultural Cuisine: a daily lunch special featuring unique international flavours on March 18 - 22 (inclusive) in the cafeteria.
  • Literature Expose: a collection of books representing cultural diversity in story, art, music and food in the library.
  • One Campus, Many Cultures: students will be encouraged to write their name and a welcome greeting on a campus banner in the student lounge.
  • Photo Story: A gallery display in the main hallway showcasing the diversity of students on our campus.

Questions? Contact Jackie Belhumeur at 306-775-7595 or belhumeurjac@saskpolytech.ca

March 19, 2019

Event: Intercultural Week Welcome
Time: 7:45 - 9 a.m.
Location: Main entrance and shop entrance
Details: Staff and students will be greeted at the doors and given Multicultural Council of Saskatchewan pins as well as a listing of the week’s events.

 

Event: International coffee & Canadian treats station
Time: 8:30 a.m.  while supplies last
Location: Main Street
Details: Enjoy a sample of coffee from 3 different locations paired with some Canadiana treats.

 

Event: Cultural Expo
Time: 11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Location: Main street
Details:

Cultural learning stations will provide staff and students with the opportunity to engage with different aspects of  cultures. Each station will be staffed by students willing to share some of their culture with us. Some of the stations will be about:

  • Henna
  • Threading
  • Seal cutting, QiPao and Calligraphy
  • and more

 

Event: Conversation Café:  What is the International student experience like?
Time: 3 - 5 p.m.
Location: Intercultural Centre
Details:

International students will share their experiences attending Saskatchewan Polytechnic.  They will speak to the benefits of being an international student in Saskatchewan.  

*light refreshments served

 

March 20, 2019

Event: Spotlight on Indigenous cultures
Time: 9 - 9:45 a.m.
Location: Indigenous Students' Centre
Details: Start the day in a good way with smudging.  Staff and students are welcome to participate in smudging.  You are welcome to ask for guidance if you are unsure about the practice.

 

Event: Tipi raising demonstration
Time: 10 - 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 -3 p.m.
Location: Yoga room
Details: Aaron Tootoosis will demonstrate how a tipi is raised.

 

Event:

Fancy Dancers - Rod Belanger & Marshal Thomson

Note: This session has been updated because of changes in programming.

 

Time: 11:30 a.m.  -  1 p.m.
Location: Auditorium - level 3
Details:

Join us in learning about men's fancy dancing. 

Dessert bannock and tea will be served at this event.

 

Event: Talking circle
Time: 1 - 2:30 p.m.
Location: Indigenous Students' Centre
Details: Elder Audrey Cochrane will facilitate a talking circle.

 

 March 21, 2019

Event: Diversity in Every Place for Everyone: Intercultural film fest (Presented by Sask Polytech Library)
Time: 10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Location:

Auditorium and Intercultural Centre

Details:

Several short films with interrelated themes about various forms of diversity will be shown simultaneously at the different locations at Regina Campus. The aim of these films is to challenge stereotypes. They are from the You Can't Ask That  series and include the topics:

  • Indigenous
  • Muslims
  • Refuges
  • Short Statured
  • Wheelchair Users
  • Ice Users

*popcorn will be served

 

Event:

Bollywood Dance  Performance

Time:

12:30 p.m. – 12:50  p.m.

Location:

Auditorium

Details:

Arzoo Azizullah, Office Administration student, will do a Bollywood dance performance.

 

Event: Slide presentation about Russian culture
Time: 12:45 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Location: Intercultural Centre (Room 149)
Details: Lyudmila Tomas, Practical Nursing student, will conduct a slide presentation about her Russian culture.

  

Event:

Sharing Circle & Reception - Memories of home

Time:  
Location:  
Details:

This event has been cancelled.

 

The following events will be taking place all week  March 19 - 22, 2019

  • Where are you from: Using the pins provided mark the location of you home community on the map in the library.
  • Book and Resources: Check out the collection of books and resources to learn about diversity and cultures, March 19-22 in the library.
  • My Story: Display of LINC students writings about where they are from and how they came to Canada.

Questions? Contact Candice Kloeble at 306-659-4801 or kloeble@saskpolytech.ca.

March 19, 2019

Event: Opening Ceremony
Time: 11:30 a.m. - Noon
Location:

Main Cafeteria

Details:

Opening Ceremonies will be filled with song, dance, and welcoming remarks from dignitaries. Everyone is encouraged to attend.

 

Event: Speaker: Willie Ermine
Time: Noon - 1 p.m.
Location: Room 104
Details:

WillieWillie J. Ermine, (M.Ed) is a recently retired Assistant Professor with the First Nations University of Canada. He is from the Sturgeon Lake First Nation where he lives with his family and works as a Traditional Health lead. He has published numerous academic articles and contributed reports to the Tri Council Panel on Research Ethics. He has presented at various venues nationally and internationally and various national knowledge symposiums on the topics of education, research and in particular the nature of Indigenous thought. Professor Ermine has worked extensively with Elders in his research and promotes ethical practices of research involving Indigenous Peoples with particular interest in the conceptual development of the ‘ethical space’ – a theoretical space between cultures and world views.

 

Event: Blanket Exercise
Time: 1:30 - 3 p.m.
Location: E.A. Davies Auditorium
Details: The Kairos Blanket Exercise is an interactive learning Experience developed by Kairos Canada that teaches Indigenous History. The session is designed to be educational and thought provoking. Facilitators: Misty Brabant, Wendy Eddy, Lisa Taylor

March 20, 2019

Event: Folkfest 
Time: 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Location: Main Hallways
Details:

The students from the Recreation and Community Development & Language Instruction for Newcomers to Canada (LINC) programs have partnered to create exciting, hands on learning opportunities for all those taking in Intercultural Week 2018.  The Folk Fest Pavilions will be on display in the main hallways from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Wednesday, March 21 with a goal to share with the campus the beautiful and unique cultures found not only living here in Saskatoon, but also taking classes here at Saskatchewan Polytechnic.

 

Event:

Intercultural Speed Friendship

Time: 11 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Location: Room 129C
Details:

Get to know your fellow students and participate in an interactive and fun experience of speed friendship! Refreshments and conversation provided. This fun event is in partnership with the Canadian Roots Exchange.

 

Event: Write Your Name in Another Language
Time: 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Location: Main Hallway Coinciding with Folk fest
Details:

Join students from the LINC program and learn to write your name in Vietnamese, Chinese, Iranian, Bangladesh and Eritrean – and other languages!  You will write your name on a leaf and contribute it to an Intercultural Week community tree.

 

Event: Learn to dance across cultures
Time: 12 - 1 p.m.
Location: E.A. Davies Auditorium
Details:

Dancing can be a large piece of culture, a form of expression.  Dance can also bridge cultures together. Jigging Meets Bhangra is an opportunity for you to

  • watch different styles of dance
  • participate in different dances
  • become familiar with dances from different cultures

This event will take place with a showcase and participation component.  No experience required!

Registration is not required but recommended for large groups

*Instructors if you would like to bring a class, please register through email to Lisa.Taylor@saskpolytech.ca

March 21, 2019

Event:

Native Studies 101 Theatre Presentation

Time: 10 - 11 a.m.
Location: Room 104
Details:

Saskatchewan Polytechnic is pleased to announce that the Gordon Tootoosis Nīkānīwin Theatre will be presenting Native Studies 101, a Circle of Voices Production by Dakota Ray Hebert, during Intercultural Week.

In this one-hour dramatic performance, a Dakota, a Dene, a Cree and a Metis walk into a Native Studies class being taught by a Settler professor. Who teaches who?

Faculty members who are planning to attend with their classes are encouraged to register to ensure seating. To register, please email: Debbie.griffith@saskpolytech.ca

 

Event: Sheelah McLean - What does it mean to have privilege in a white settler society?
Time: 12 - 1 p.m.
Location: Room 104
Details:

sheelahmcThe term white privilege has been used for decades to describe the benefits of being white in a country dominated by white settlers. This keynote will trace some of the historical policies that have created disparities between racialized groups, and examine how they are maintained today through everyday practices of racism. I will suggest that locating and intervening in colonial practices in ourselves and our organizations, can be a foundation for justice and change. 

Sheelah McLean has a PhD in Anti-Racist education from the University of Saskatchewan. She has worked in public education and taught both graduate and undergraduate courses in the College of Education for over 15 years. Sheelah is also an organizer with the Idle No More network. As an educator, scholar and community organizer, Sheelah's work has focused on research projects and actions that address inequality, particularly focusing on the legacy of oppression experienced by Indigenous Peoples within a white settler society. Sheelah has received many honors for her work in social justice including the University of Saskatchewan's Alumni of Influence Award (2013), the Council of Canadians Activist of the Year Award (2014) and the Carol Gellar Human Rights Award (2015). 

 

March 22, 2019

Event: Musical Showcase
Time: 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Location: Main Cafeteria
Details: Music has the power to help us to understand, feel and enjoy another culture. Through the energy of pop and dance music from around the globe, cultural diffusion can take place. Young, fresh music hailing from various cultures will be featured.

 

Event: Write Your Name in Another Language
Time: 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Location: Set-up near DiversiTea
Details:

Join students from the LINC program and learn to write your name in Vietnamese, Chinese, Iranian, Bangladesh and Eritrean – and other languages!  You will write your name on a leaf and contribute it to an Intercultural Week community tree.

  

Event: Diversi-tea
Time: Noon - 1 p.m.
Location: Library
Details: Join us for a unique tea experience and the opportunity to learn about the heritage, significance and processes behind one of the world’s most popular drinks!

March 19 - 22, 2019

Event: The poster campaign
Location: Front foyer outside the library
Details:

The poster campaign is an opportunity for students and faculty to consider and share on the following two topics (both of which will be themes during Intercultural Week): 

  • I recognize my privilege
  • I will stand up to racism

Prior to Intercultural week, the Educational Assistant Program, some faculty, and the intercultural week committee will be provided with templates to complete.  These will be displayed, along with other articles, in display cases at the main campus and Avenue W.

During Intercultural week, templates and sharpies will be provided during events for students/faculty to complete.  These will be displayed on a rolling bulletin board and showcased throughout the week.

In the context of municipal government, anti-racism practice involves: developing new policies and procedures; education for staff professional development; reviewing hiring practices to ensure diversity; examining corporate training material to identify racial bias; developing training material, resources, and strategies; and ensuring inclusive practice. This session relays the experience of the City Saskatoon as we shift away from Multiculturalism towards adopting an Anti-Racism Education Strategy. It also identifies and locates the importance of anti-racism as the cornerstone to ideas of reconciliation as our community implements the Truth and Reconciliation Calls To Action.