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Intercultural-Week

Intercultural Week

#SaskPolytechCulture

Monday, March 19 to  Friday, March 23, 2018

Saskatchewan Polytechnic is hosting its third 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!

Tuesday, March 20

Welcome videoclothing

Time: 8:00 a.m. – 9:20 a.m. 
Location: Foyer 
Students and staff will welcome visitors to the start of Intercultural Week with a greeting and message in their first language. The video will highlight the diverse nature of our staff and students on the Moose Jaw campus.

Indigenous Sask Polytech alumnae speakers: Tammy Giroux, Adult Education and Anastasia Squirrel, Civil Engineering Technologies

Time: 8:00 a.m. – 9:20 a.m. 
Location: Foyer 
Ms. Giroux & Ms. Squirrel will speak about how their experiences shaped their learning at Sask Polytech and beyond.

International alumni speakers: Sarang More, Business Diploma, Accounting and Rahab Wanjau, Business Certificate

Time: 12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. 
Location: Foyer 
Mr. More and Ms. Wanjau will speak about how their experiences and identity shaped their learning at Saskatchewan Polytechnic and beyond. 

Photo stories and voting

Time: all day
Location: around campus

Sask Polytech students share their culture and insights with others on campus via a self-created poster. Votes for the top three photo stories will be held with prizes to the winning students given on Friday, March 23.

Wednesday, March 21 

United Nations International Day for the Elimination of the Racism & Discrimination.

Spring Equinox Ceremony

Time: 10:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. 
Location: Macoun Lounge

Spiritual Advisor Dickie Yuzicapi will welcome the Spring Equinox with a special smudging ceremony and blessing. 

Guest speaker: Janelle Pewapsconias – Creator of Neeched Up board games

Time: 12:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. 
Location: In the foyer

Ms. Pewapsconias is the creator of Neeched Up board games that teaches participants Indigenous history and culture. She will present one board game and allow students to play interactively. 

Indigenous film night

Time: 4:30 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. 
Location: In the library

Join us for drinks and popcorn. Four films will be shown expressing Indigenous culture and heritage:

  1. Metis Rose
  2. Pow-Wow Thunder
  3. Second Stories: Deb-we-wein-Ge-kindam-aan (Our Place in the Circle)
  4. Indigenous Plant Diva.

All films were generously donated by the Yorkton Film Festival.

Indigenous sports demonstration: Lacrosse

Time: 4:30 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. 
Location: In the main gym

Presented by the Saskatchewan Lacrosse Association. Volunteers from the Saskatchewan Lacrosse Association will discuss and demonstrate how to play lacrosse, an Indigenous sport. 

Photo stories and voting

Time: all day
Location: around campus

Sask Polytech students share their culture and insights with others on campus via a self-created poster. Votes for the top three photo stories will be held with prizes to the winning students given on Friday, March 23.

Thursday, March 22

Cultural sampler

Time: 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. 
Location: Foyer

Presented by the Professional Cooking program students and their program head, Wayne Patterson. Students will prepare and serve a variety of tasty dishes from different countries. A donation of $1 per person is requested with all proceeds in support of the Moose Jaw Multicultural Society.

International Film Night & DiversiTEA

Time: 4:30 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. 
Location: Library

Tea from Simplicitea Organic Boutique in Moose Jaw and popcorn provided. 

Three films will be shown highlighting the cultural diversity of Canada:

  • Welcome to Canada (filmed in Saskatoon)
  • Between Allah and Me
  • The Invisible Wall (filmed in Regina)

All films were generously donated by the Yorkton Film Festival. 

Before viewing, guest speaker Lisa Oram of Simplicitea Organic Boutique in Moose Jaw, will share samples of teas from South Africa, China, Kenya and Brazil. 

Photo stories and voting

Time: all day
Location: around campus

Sask Polytech students share their culture and insights with others on campus via a self-created poster. Votes for the top three photo stories will be held with prizes to the winning students given on Friday, March 23.

Friday, March 23

Guest Speaker: Nazmia Bengeleil, community leader and representative of the Islamic Society of Moose Jaw

Time: 12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. 
Location: Foyer

Ms. Bengeleil and her daughter will discuss their experiences of being a Muslim woman in Canada.

Sports demonstration: Floor hockey

Time: 12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. 
Location: Main gym

Join instructors from the Moose Jaw campus Friday floor hockey league in a workshop of skills and play a pick-up game.

Photo stories

Time: all day
Location: around campus

Sask Polytech students share their culture and insights with others on campus via a self-created poster. Votes for the top three photo stories will be held with prizes to the winning students.

Monday, March 19

Drumming and Friendship Dance

Time: 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. 
Location: Cafeteria

Friends join together in the Academic centre and Technical Building and follow the drumming to meet in the Cafeteria for a campus community event to hear opening remarks by Jason Seright, Director of Indigenous Strategy. Hosted by the Intercultural Committee.

Tuesday, March 20

Spring equinox feast

Time: 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. 
Location: room 232 Academic building

Celebrate Spring Equinox with a pipe ceremony and feast led by Indigenous Elder, Wesley Ballantyne. Hosted by the Indigenous Students Centre.

World tour relay race

Time: 11:30 p.m. – 12:30 p.m. 
Location: Cafeteria

Do you love to travel? Make a team to participate in this fun and active event featuring cultural learning activities and outdoor survival stations. Hosted by Integrated Resource Management and Resource Environmental Law programs.

Wednesday, March 21

Campus relay

Time: 11:30 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. 
Location: Outside

Thursday, March 22

International and newcomer student panel

Time: 12:00 p.m. – 12:50 p.m. 
Location: room 236 Academic building

Engage in a lively discussion that will deepen your understanding of cultural differences and similarities. Hear current student and alumni stories about their personal experiences at Sask Polytech and in Canada. Hosted by the PA Campus Equity Committee.

Friday, March 23

Intentionally intercultural

Time: 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. 
Location: room A123 Technical building

Diversity: Strengths and Challenges. An open and safe way to discover how intentionally thinking, acting and reflecting upon culture creates ideal opportunities for learning and understanding one another in meaningful ways. Hosted by Instructional Leadership Development Centre.

Ongoing events

Photo stories

Enhance your intercultural awareness by viewing the gallery of local student, faculty and staff personal stories. Let’s honour and celebrate cultural diversity at Prince Albert campus together.

Visit the display all week in the main hallway by the gym.

Live library - sign out a human book

From March 20 - 23 at 3:00 p.m. until 4:00 p.m., sign out a human book and discover a whole new world. Feel free to ask anything you have ever wondered about or are curious to know about their specific culture in a personal one-to-one setting for as little or as long as you like.

Tuesday, March 20

Opening ceremony

Time: 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. 
Location: Auditorium

Greetings on behalf of Intercultural Week Committee

Sask Multicultural Society

Multicultural Council of Sask/pledge

Boom Town Drumming : audience participation – intercultural heartbeat

Displays on Main Street

Time: 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. 
Location: Auditorium

Agencies that serve PRs and represent diverse groups in the larger community will have informational displays.

Wednesday, March 21

Smudge

Time: 9:00 a.m.
Location: Indigenous Students' Centre

Smudge/information about smudging – Elder Audrey & Aaron Tootoosis

Tobacco tie workshop

Time: 10:00 a.m.
Location: Indigenous Students' Centre

All Nations Hope to facilitate 

Film: Birth of a family

Time: 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Location: Auditorium

Honour ceremony

Time: 5:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Location: Cafeteria

Thursday, March 22

Diversity videos

Time: 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. 
Location: Auditorium

Enjoy films and refreshments.

Interactive workshops

Time: 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. 
Location: Main Street

Ukrainian Easter Eggs: What is the history of egg decorating? What is the significance of symbols/colors?

Hijabs: What are they? Why do some women wear them? How are they worn?

Mehndi: What is it? Who does it? Why?

Kosher foods: What are they? Who are they for? Why?

Friday, March 23

Giving voice: Student panel

Time: 12:00 3.m. – 1:00 p.m. 
Location: Auditorium

Panelists will share their experiences of being marginalized to give voice and create space for all forms of diversity. Panelists representing:

  • Bullying and mental health
  • LGBTQ PRIDE 
  • Transgender
  • Women in trades
  • Males in nursing
 

Tuesday, March 20

Spring equinox smudging ceremony

Time: 9:00 a.m.
Location: Cultural Centre

A Smudging Ceremony will be hosted at the Avenue W Cultural Centre to celebrate the Spring Equinox. The event starts at 9 am and entails an Elder blessing and talk regarding the importance of the equinox and smudging. Bannock, fruit, coffee and tea will be provided after the ceremony. 

 

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Tuesday, March 20

Opening celebration

Time: 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. 
Location: Cafeteria

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

Student panel: Stories of hope and resilience

Time: 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. 
Location: room 104

This event celebrates the hope, resilience and achievements of Sask Polytech students who have struggled with experiences of being marginalized. Join us for a thought-provoking forum that will inform and inspire. This session will also include a moderated question and answer period.

Wednesday, March 21

Cultural appropriation workshop

Time: 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. 
Location: room 104

Folk fest pavilions

Time: 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. 
Location: TBA

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 1:00 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 Sask Polytech.

Colonialism on canvas: Five stages of colonialism through art perspectives and reflection

Time: 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. 
Location: main hallways

This interactive session will increase participant's knowledge about historical Indigenous concepts to contemporary times through art. It is a safe place for conversations and reflections between Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples.

Presenter: Colleen Charles

Colleen Charles hails from the Lac La Ronge Indian Band, Woodland Cree, Treaty Six Territory. A mother, grandmother, educator, and facilitator, Colleen is a Sask Polytechnic alumnus from the Recreation and Leisure Management Program now called Tourism and Community Development. In 2013, she obtained her Master of Education Degree at the University of Saskatchewan. She has experience working with diverse groups, agencies, faculty, staff, and students. Colleen has ties to Sask Polytechnic as her son recently attended a program there. 

Thursday, March 22

Shifting the lens: From diversity and multiculturalism to anti-racism
Saskamoose

Time: 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. 
Location: room 104

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.

Presenter: Becky Sasakamoose Kuffner

Becky Saskamoose Kuffner is a member of Ahtahkakoop Cree Nation in Saskatchewan, is the Cultural Diversity and Race Relations consultant for the City of Saskatoon Community Development Branch. Previously, Becky has worked as a policy analyst with the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) in Quebec and as an employment consultant with the provincial government. Becky holds undergraduate degrees from the University of Regina and L’Université Laval and a Master’s Degree in public education from the University of Saskatchewan, focusing on the advancement of Aboriginal philosophy in mainstream organizations. Becky’s commitment to Indigenous people and Anti-Racism is demonstrated in her in her academic and professional pursuits. 

Sambatoon drum workshop

Time: 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. 
Location:  E.A. Davies Auditorium

Join in a workshop to learn Batucada, Afro Brazilian Samba drum and percussion, instruments and rhythms. Experience the fun and teamwork of playing music together. Everyone is welcome and all instruments are provided.

Sambatoon is a community music education program providing workshops, lessons and performances in the Afro Brazilian samba drums and percussion tradition. SAMBATOON brings positive energy, with rhythms and grooves to provide smiles, fun and entertainment for all!

For more information, visit sambatoon.com

Space is limited to 40 participants. Pre-registration required. Please send registration requests to wendy.eddy@saskpolytech.ca Participants are also welcome to bring their own drum. 

Intercultural week trivia night

Time: 4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. 
Location: Henri's Lounge

Sask Polytech students, faculty and staff are invited to 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! (19+ event. Participants must have valid, government issued photo ID).

 

Friday, March 23

Blanket exercise

Time: 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. 
Location: E.A. Davies Auditorium

The KAIROS Blanket Exercise is an interactive learning experience that retells the shared history of Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples in Canada from a perspective not often heard. Through a guided process, the group condenses centuries of history into about 1 ½ hours. The experience speaks to the profound urgency of reconciliation.

Instructors interested in having their class participate in the blanket exercise are encouraged to contact Nicole Amiotte Bilinski or Misty Brabant.

Teach your talent

Time: 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. 
Location: gym  

Would you like to learn about cultural talents from around the world? Come and learn: the art of origami paper folding; henna design; Chinese and Cyrillic calligraphy; how to make a star blanket, beaded earrings and dreamcatchers; play the ukulele Hawaiian style or learn Métis fiddling; dance steps from the Philippines and much more as Sask Polytech students share talents and skills from their cultures.

Intercultural idol

Time: 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. 
Location: room 104

Intercultural Idol will highlight some of our very talented students at Sask Polytech who are sharing unique aspects of their cultural heritage. Students participating in the competition will need to ‘wow’ the audience and panel of judges in order to win prizes of $300, $200, and $100 for top competitors. 

Ongoing Saskatoon events

Photo story installation: Celebrating intercultural friendship

The photo Story combines image with words to gain deeper insight into someone else’s life story. This visual installation will showcase diverse stories that celebrate friendships across cultures. 

Throughout the Saskatoon campus, Idylwyld Dr.

Questions? Connect with communications@saskpolytech.ca.

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