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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!

March 19, 2019

Event: Diversi-tea
Time:

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

Location: Library

 

Event: Drumming
Time:

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

Location:

Foyer

 

Event: Indigenous Students Honour Ceremony
Time: 5 - 7 p.m.
Location: Macoun Lounge

 

March 20, 2019

Event: Cultural Day
Time: Noon - 1:30 p.m.
Location: Macoun Lounge
Details: Includes including student entertainment and a Taste the World buffet. The buffet is by donation. 

 

March 21, 2019 

Event: Indigenous Day
Time: Noon - 1:30 p.m.
Location: Macoun Lounge
Details: Includes dancers and celebration of the spring equinox. 

 

March 22, 2019

Event: Game Day
Time: Noon - 1:30 p.m.
Location: Gym and Macoun Lounge
Details: Includes sports in the gym (floor hockey, soccer, lacrosse and cricket) and board games and craft (origami, beading and cards).

 March 19, 2019

Event: Opening celebrations
Time: 11 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: Gym

 

Event: Living library
Time: 3 - 4 p.m. 
Location: TLSC - A116 
Details: Carrie McCloy: Indigenous Adoptees Experience with Racism: the 60s Scoop.

 

March 20, 2019

Event: Blanket exercise
Time: 11 a.m. - Noon
Location: Gym
Details: With Shelley Belhumeur

 

Event: Stories from home
Time: Noon - 1 p.m.
Location: Room 236 AC
Details: International and newcomer student panel.

 

Event: Living library
Time:  3 - 4 p.m.
Location: TLSC A116
Details: Guest panel TBA

 

March 21, 2019

Event: Intercultural winter relay challenge
Time: Noon - 1 p.m.
Location: Gym, outside and cafeteria

 

Event: Living library
Time: 3-4 p.m.
Location: TLSC A116
Details: Guest panel TBA

 

Event: Folk foods
Time: 11 a.m. - Noon
Location: Student lounge
Details: Handmade cultural morsels and Canadian poutine samples.

 

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

Becky Szeman: Four Seasons of Reconciliation.

 

Event: Indigenous pipe ceremony
Time:  1 - 3 p.m.
Location:  Room 232 AC
Details:

Spring equinox with sacred bundle and feast.

 

The following events will be taking place all week:

  • Cultural Cuisine: a daily lunch special featuring unique international flavours on March 19, 20 and 21 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.

 March 19, 2019

Event: 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 and a listing of the week’s events.

 

Event: International coffee
Time: 8:30 - 10:45 a.m.
Location: Main street
Details: Coffee from across the globe will be available to sample.

 

Event: Cultural expo
Time: 11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Location: Main street
Details: Cultural learning stations will provide staff and students to an opportunity to engage with different cultures.

 

Event: Conversation cafe
Time: 3 - 5 p.m.
Location: Intercultural Centre
Details:

International students will share their experiences attending Sask Polytech the 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 Activity Centre
Details: Start the day in a good way with smudging.

 

Event: Tipi teachings
Time: 10 - 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 -3 p.m.
Location: Yoga room
Details: What do the poles represent and how is a tipi raised?

 

Event: Soup and bannock
Time: 11:30 a.m.  1 p.m.
Location: Indigenous Activity Centre

 

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

 

Event: Building bridges
Time: 3 - 5 p.m.
Location: Indigenous Activity Centre and Intercultural Centre

 March 21, 2019

Event: Intercultural film fest
Time: 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Location:

Auditorium, Indigenous Activity Centre and Intercultural Centre

Details:

Several short films will be shown in various locations.

 

Event: Cultural appropriation
Time: Noon - 1 p.m.
Location: Auditorium
Details: Guest speaker to be announced at a later date. Learn how to identify cultural appropriation and how to avoid it.

 

Event: A taste of home
Time: 3 - 5 p.m.
Location: Intercultural Centre
Details:

Staff and students are invited to share what they miss from their hometown or community.

*light refreshments served

 

The following events will be taking place all week:

  • Where are you from: Using the pins provided mark the location of you home community on the map, March 19-22 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.

 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: Student storytelling through video
Time: 11 a.m. -Noon
Location: Room 104

 

Event: Learn to dance across cultures
Time: 11 a.m. - 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: 11 a.m. - Noon
Location: Room 104
Details:

The 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: Diversi-tea
Time: Noon - 1 p.m.
Location: TBA
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 23, 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.

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