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Intercultural Week

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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 video

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

Anastasia

Time: 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. 
Location: Foyer 
Ms. Giroux & Ms. Squirrel will speak about how their experiences shaped their learning at Sask Polytech and beyond.

Anastasia Squirrel

Anastasia Squirrel is of Anishinabe (Saulteaux speaking) decent from the Yellow Quill First Nation. She recently completed the Civil Engineering Technology Advanced Diploma at Sask Polytech. This achievement serves as a practical background for the civil engineering field. She plans to pursue a Civil Engineering Degree in the future.

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 Rahablearning at Saskatchewan Polytechnic and beyond. 

Rahab Wanjau

Rahab Wanjau moved to Canada in Spring 2012 from Kenya, East Africa. She attended York University in Toronto Ontario where she did a few accounting courses. She moved to Moose Jaw Saskatchewan in fall 2013 and studied Business Certificate before proceeding to work for the
Bank of Nova Scotia as a Financial Advisor for 3 yrs. Currently she works for Conexus Credit Union as a Financial Advisor in Regina SK. Prior to moving to Canada, Rahab practised as an accountant in Nairobi, Kenya where she studied C.P.A and Accounting Information Systems.
She volunteered in a walk for Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (J.D.R.F) in 2015, volunteered in the Ambassadors’ Club at Sask Polytech and at the Moose Jaw Multicultural Council. Rahab is actively involved in the Kenyan community in Regina and has served as vice-president for two years. In her free time she loves cooking, travelling, watching documentaries and enjoys family time.

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

Opening Ceremony, Drumming and Friendship Dance

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

Friends join together in the Academic Building and Technical Building and follow the drumming to meet in the cafeteria to hear Intercultural Week opening remarks by Jason Seright, Director of Indigenous Strategy.

Committee members will also share details about the culturally engaging events taking place on campus throughout the week.

Tuesday, March 20

Stories from home

Time: 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. 
Location: room A202 Technical Building 

Learn about individual student’s cultural identity from their meaningful heartfelt stories. Hosted by Office Administration and Business programs.

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.

Living library

Time: 3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Location: the library

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.

Guiding questions are available to help start the conversations.

Come out and play cricket!

Time: 3:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Location: the gymnasium

Meet some of our International Students from India and learn about the sport of cricket. They will teach you how to play one of their country’s favourite games. Sponsored by Recreation Services.

Wednesday, March 21

World tour relay race

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

Do you love exploration and travel? 

Sign up as a team to participate in this fun and active race featuring cultural learning activities and outdoor Indigenous survival stations. Hosted by Integrated Resource Management and Resource Environmental Law programs.

Living library

Time: 3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Location: the library

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.

Guiding questions are available to help start the conversations.

Thursday, March 22

International and newcomer student panel

Time: 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 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 Prince Albert Campus Equity Awareness Committee.

Living library

Time: 3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Location: the library

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.

Guiding questions are available to help start the conversations.

Come out and play cricket!

Time: 3:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Location: the gymnasium

Meet some of our International Students from India and learn about the sport of cricket. They will teach you how to play one of their country’s favourite games. Sponsored by Recreation Services.

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 event

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.

Tuesday, March 20

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Circle of Harmony - Art Project

Time: 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Location: Intercultural Centre (Room 149)

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 Saskatchewan pledge
Boom Town Drumming : audience participation – intercultural heartbeat

Displays on Main Street

Time: 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. 
Location: Main Street

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

Celebrate culture with Sask Polytech. Enter our photo contest to win!

Cafeteria special

Greek dish - Lentil & spinach coconut curry

Wednesday, March 21

Hands Against Racism

Time: all day
Location: Main Street

March 21st is the official day for the International Day for the Elimination for Racial Discrimination

Racism and intolerance can take various forms — from denying individuals the basic principles of equality to fuelling ethnic hatred that may lead to genocide — all of which can destroy lives and fracture communities. The struggle against racism is a matter of priority for the international community.

We will hold our HANDS UP HIGH!  Hands Against Racism.

Staff and students are invited to write an affirmation of their stance against racism on the coloured hands provided. The hands will be displayed after as a united front against racism.

Smudge

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

Smudge/information about smudging – Elder Audrey & Aaron Tootoosis

Circle of Harmony - Art Project

Time: 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Location: Intercultural Centre (Room 149)

Tobacco tie workshop

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

All Nations Hope to facilitate 

Storytelling with Elder Margret Cote

Time: 11:00 a.m.
Location: Auditorium

Film: Birth of a family

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

Three sisters and a brother, adopted as infants into separate families, meet together for the first time in this deeply moving documentary. Removed from their young Dene mother's care as part of Canada's infamous Sixties Scoop, Betty Ann, Esther, Rosalie and Ben were four of the 20,000 Indigenous children taken from their families between 1955 and 1985, to be either adopted into white families or to live in foster care. Now all in middle age, each has grown up in different circumstances, with different family cultures, different values and no shared memories. Birth of a Family follows them through pain, trepidation and laughter as they work together to build their family.

Honour ceremony

Time: 4:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Location: Auditorium / cafeteria

Cafeteria special

Greek dish - Lentil & spinach coconut curry

Celebrate culture with Sask Polytech. Enter our photo contest to win!

Thursday, March 22

Circle of Harmony - Art Project

Time: 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Location: Intercultural Centre (Room 149)

Diversity videos from the National Film Board of Canada

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

Enjoy film, popcorn 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?
  • Chinese writing symbols and characters
  • Mehndi/henna: What is it? Who does it? Why?

Cafeteria special

Greek dish - Lentil & spinach coconut curry

Friday, March 23

Circle of Harmony - Art Project

Time: 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Location: Intercultural Centre (Room 149)

Giving voice: Student panel

Time: 12:00 p.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
  • Transgender voices
  • Women in trades
  • Males in nursing

Cafeteria special

Greek dish - Lentil & spinach coconut curry

 

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. 

Tuesday, March 20

Opening celebration

Time: 11:30 a.m. – 12:00 noon 
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. Dallas
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.

Student panelists include:

Dallas Burnett

Heterosexuality is the norm in our society, so what happens to those who don’t align to the norm? My story explores the challenges I faced as a homosexual growing up in a small community, the experience I had coming out, and the daily struggles of being gay in today’s heteronormative society.

JusticeJustice Noon

Urban Native. Born and raised in Saskatoon. Under status, she is from Thunderchild First Nation. Currently upgrading at Sask Polytech to get into the college of Nursing. Aspiring nurse, artist and decent citizen.

Bilal KharsaBilal

Bilal was born in 1993 in Syria where he worked as a baker and a barber from the time he was 11 years old. In 2009 he left his country and moved to Lebanon hoping to work and save money for his education. He dreamt of becoming a surgeon. In 2013 he started his own cell phone business there and ran it successfully for 2 years. Unfortunately, the war conflicts back in Syria made it complicated for him to return and complete his education. In 2015 he applied to come to Canada and was accepted in 2016. The difficulties he had to face turned him into a resilient and determined person. Despite all of his challenges, he remains optimistic and forward-thinking. His positive attitude and outlook on life set an example for his fellow students and show that nothing is impossible if one sets goals and works hard to achieve them. Now, Bilal lives in Saskatoon and is a highly ambitious and motivated student learning English at Sask Polytechnic. He also works full-time and plans to study business in the future.

Wednesday, March 21

Cultural appropriation workshop

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

Milton Tootoosis, Headman/Councillor of the Poundmaker Cree Nation, will explore the topic of cultural appropriation – what it means, why it's important and the impact on marginalized groups. If you would like to learn more about respectful ways to demonstrate cultural appreciation in light of our commitment to Indigenization and Internationalization, then this is the session for you.

Milton Tootoosis has twenty-five years’ experience in human resource management and Indigenous policy development at the tribal, provincial and federal levels of government. Tootoosis is a strong advocate for Indigenous language and cultural revitalization. Tootoosis is the Director of Livelihood for the Office of the Treaty Commissioner and serves as an elected Headman for the Poundmaker Cree Nation. He resides in Saskatoon on Treaty 6.

Folk fest pavilions

Time: 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. 
Location: main hallways

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 with a goal to share with the campus the beautiful and unique cultures of Sask Polytech students and staff. 

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

Time: 11:30 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. 
Location: room 407

In this workshop participants will be invited to paint on canvas while learning about the stages of colonization in Canada. No artistic experience is required. It is a safe place for conversations and reflections between Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples.  Pre-registration is required as space is limited. Contact Nicola at burnsnic@saskpolytech.ca for more information or to register.

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: Brenda.Warnke@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 exerciseBlanket Excercise

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.

 

Check out this video on cultural appropriation:

Milton Tootoosis has had a personal fascination with the legendary Chief Poundmaker and the events surrounding the historic Resistance of 1885, the spirit and intent of treaties and overall history and culture of Indigenous peoples. His presentation focused on his experience with cultural appropriation and the challenges Indigenous peoples have with mainstream corporations and capitalism. He offers some observations and recommendations for solutions for Indigenous nations to reclaim their cultural icons and heroes moving forward.

Check out this video on games and thinking Indigenous.

Janelle Pewapsconias is the founder and chief game maker of Neeched Up board games, which uses games as a pathway to health and education. She spoke about the positive and negative portrayal of Indigenous characters in video games as well as the educational value games can place on teaching Indigenous history and culture.

 Check out this video on diversity and multiculturalism.

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.

Questions? Connect with communications@saskpolytech.ca.

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