Meet Zarqa Nawaz at Intercultural week

Image credit: Zarqa Nawaz
Image credit: Zarqa Nawaz

Events will be taking place in Regina between March 21 and 24, 2017

This year marks the second Intercultural Week at Saskatchewan Polytechnic. The annual event seeks to celebrate diversity, foster understanding, facilitate the transfer of cultural knowledge and experiences, and foster safe learning spaces in which diversity is honoured and respected.

In Regina, events include a film festival, a round dance and a salsa dance night. On March 23 Little Mosque on the Prairie creator Zarqa Nawaz will be giving a talk on issues facing Muslim Canadians today.

Zarqa has a B.Sc from the University of Toronto and after being rejected from medical school she went on to create several short comedy films that focused on Muslim issues in Canada. When the National Film Board of Canada approached her to do something more serious, she was ready for it. Her 2005 ground-breaking documentary Me and the Mosque explored Muslim women’s battle with patriarchy in the mosque. Her comedy hit, Little Mosque on the Prairie, ran on CBC Television between 2007 and 2012. Most recently she has written a bestselling comedic memoir, Laughing All the Way to the Mosque, in which she explores what it was like to grow up as a Canadian of Muslim faith.

To find out more about Zarqa’s keynote address or more about other events happening during Intercultural week, please visit:

Published March 2017.