Success Stories

General Culture, Heritage

Adventures in Archaeology

On tour with the Saskatchewan Archaeology Society

First Nations , Multiculturalism

Awakening a Spirit of Cross-Cultural Sharing

Bridging cultures

Saskatchewan
Jan, 2017
Heritage, Multiculturalism

Getting a Taste of Culture

The Museums Association of Saskatchewan shows how food triggers Intangible Cultural Heritage

Saskatchewan-wide
Oct, 2016
First Nation and Métis Specific, Heritage

The Power of Plants

Learning traditional knowledge of plants and healing

Saskatoon
Oct, 2016
Heritage

Discovering Your Unique Sense of Place

An interview with intangible cultural heritage stewards: Dale Jarvis and Kristin Catherwood

Saskatchewan-wide
Oct, 2016
Arts, First Nations

The Kiwek Project

St. Francis School in Saskatoon partners with artists from the Gordon Tootoosis Nīkānīwin Theatre to create a Cree language play interpreted from the Hollywood movie Jumanji.

Saskatoon
May, 2016
Multiculturalism

Dance as a Gateway into Ukrainian Culture

Youth finding their own voices in history

Saskatchewan
Apr, 2016
Arts

Love of Theatre Growing in the North

Northern Saskatchewan students build their own stories

Buffalo Narrows
Apr, 2016
First Nations , General Culture

Spirit Horse Project

Connecting youth to their Indigenous culture

Regina
Apr, 2016
First Nations

Changing Attitudes through Debate

Youth can have an important voice in important national discussion

Saskatchewan-wide
Jan, 2016
First Nations , Heritage

Art Workshops Connect Youth to Indigenous Traditions

How SYCAP is transforming lives through creativity

Saskatoon
Jan, 2016
Arts, First Nations

Silent No More

Lessons Learned through Dance

Saskatchewan
Jan, 2016
General Culture, Heritage

Adventures in Archaeology

On tour with the Saskatchewan Archaeology Society

Saskatchewan-wide
Mar, 2015
Cultural Industries, General Culture

Harvesting the Wind

How the SaskPower Windscape Kite Festival generates imagination on the prairies.

Swift Current
Mar, 2015
Arts, Cultural Industries

Literary Acclaim Meets Small-City Charm

A look into the Saskatchewan Festival of Words

Moose Jaw
Mar, 2015
Multiculturalism

#WeAreSK Public Service Announcements

During Culture Days 2013, the Multicultural Council of Saskatchewan hired a freelance journalist, Evie Ruddy, and a videographer, Jason Rister, to travel around the province.

Saskatchewan-wide
Nov, 2014
Heritage, Multiculturalism

Digging in the Dirt

The Saskatchewan Archaeological Society engages newcomer youth in uncovering the past.

South Branch House Public Dig
Nov, 2014
General Culture

In Her Own Words: Joyce Vandall

Joyce Vandall has been a passionate community volunteer for over 30 years.

Saskatchewan-wide
Nov, 2014

Museums Without Walls: Getting the conversation started on ecomuseums

Several Saskatchewan communities are bringing the concept of an ‘ecomuseum’ to the province.

Saskatchewan-wide
Nov, 2014
General Culture

SaskScapes chronicles the people of Saskatchewan

Kevin Power is the creator and host of SaskScapes, a series of podcasts devoted to arts, culture and heritage in Saskatchewan.

Saskatchewan-wide
Nov, 2014
Arts, Métis

Buffalo Pound Round Dance helps to highlight Métis culture

Ashley Norton, co-founder of the Wiichihiwayshinawn Foundation (“We are Helpers” in Michif), brought together a group of dancers from all over Saskatchewan to perform a contemporary jig dance at the Ice and Fire Festival, held in Regina, February 2013.

Regina
Jun, 2014
Heritage

Five things you might not know about the Ukrainian Museum of Canada

You may know the Ukrainian Museum of Canada tells the story of many people's immigration to Canada from Ukraine, but here are five other things you might not know about the first ethnic museum in Canada.

Saskatoon
Jun, 2014
Arts

Red Hot Riot leads a fun evening of fundraising for Creative Kids

Creative Kids teamed up four-time Canadian Comedy Award nominee Jayden Pfeifer, of the comedy variety show Red Hot Riot, for an evening of laughter, mayhem and music, with all of it contributing to a great cause.

Regina
Jun, 2014
Arts, General Culture

The Station Arts Centre brings a community together

As the demographics of small town Saskatchewan change in the new millennium, local cultural centres are seeking new ways to engage with their communities. The station Arts Centre in Rosthern is one such centre that is setting a great example.

Rosthern
Jun, 2014
Arts

Creative Kids descends into Creative Mayhem

Sons of Anarchy star, Kim Coates, helps fundraise for Creative Kids in Saskatoon through an evening of "Creative Mayhem".

Saskatoon
Feb, 2014
Heritage

Junior curators helping preserve the past in Meacham

The Junior Curators Program was established in June 2013 to give local children an opportunity to become further involved with the museum.

Meacham
Feb, 2014
Multiculturalism

Multiculturalism from north to south

Multiculturalism is a cause for celebration. Two Saskatchewan communities were among those hosting multicultural gatherings as part of Culture Days in September 2013.

Prince Albert
Feb, 2014
Multiculturalism

The world meets in Hazlet

The village of Hazlet in southwestern Saskatchewan has become an international cultural intersection point.

Hazlet
Feb, 2014
General Culture

Culture Days Q & A with the St. Walburg Allied Arts Council

St. Walburg, Saskatchewan was a cultural hotspot during Culture Days in 2013.

St. Walburg
Nov, 2013
Arts

Mann Art Gallery engages community through art

People of all ages from the Prince Albert area have been discovering their inner artist thanks to a partnership between the Mann Art Gallery and a local business.

Prince Albert
Nov, 2013
First Nations , Heritage

Oskayak Culture Camp connects youth to tradition

In May 2013, students from Oskayak High school in Saskatoon travelled north to the shores of Waterhen First Nation by the Meadow Lake Provincial Park.

Saskatoon
Nov, 2013
Arts

White City School sings the blues

It is said that music changes lives, and a musical collaboration between a local school teacher and an internationally acclaimed blues musician has done just that.

White City
Nov, 2013
Heritage

Borden Threshermen bringing history to life

Borden’s annual Threshing Day, this year held in conjunction with Culture Days, offers guests an opportunity to leave their cars behind and ride a wagon into the past.

Borden
Mar, 2013
Heritage

Everett Baker Photo Collection brings Saskatchewan's history to life

If a picture is worth a thousand words, then the worth of the Everett Baker photo collection is priceless.

Saskatchewan-wide
Mar, 2013
Heritage

Saskatchewan Genealogical Society preserving the province’s past

With the province turning 108 years old in 2013, residents of Saskatchewan and its many communities are accustomed to celebrating centennials.

Saskatchewan-wide
Mar, 2013
Arts, First Nations , Métis

Students recognize First Nations and Métis leaders

Building community ties and connections is challenging for large, rural school divisions. However, some divisions make these connections a vital part of their students’ education.

Balcarres
Mar, 2013
Arts, First Nations , Multiculturalism

Art as a catalyst for cultural connections

Art and creativity can be a powerful tool to bring people together and help them to learn from one another. This concept is something that the MacKenzie Art Gallery (MAG) in Regina has recognized and has been working with for several years.

Regina
Dec, 2012
Arts, Multiculturalism

Media workshop opening doors for newcomers to Saskatoon

Media workshop opening doors for newcomers to Saskatoon

Saskatoon
Dec, 2012
Arts, First Nations , Multiculturalism

Saskatchewan Native Theatre Company’s upcoming production to focus on empowering multicultural themes

This upcoming spring, the Saskatchewan Native Theatre Company (SNTC) will be showcasing a touching and inspirational story about a young girl discovering her cultural identity.

Saskatoon
Dec, 2012
First Nations , Heritage, Métis

Wanuskewin draws a crowd for Culture Days

“Culture Days at Wanuskewin Heritage Park was a great success this year. We were expecting around 100 people, but throughout the day over 500 people visited the park," says Cameron McRae, visitor services manager, Wanuskewin Heritage Park.

Saskatoon
Dec, 2012
General Culture

Creative Kids and the Potash Corp Challenge

Regina and Saskatoon have officially been challenged. PotashCorp has issued a city-wide challenge to both communities to raise $50,000 each for Creative Kids.

Saskatchewan-wide
Jun, 2012
Heritage

Luseland wild about Whooping Cranes

The Town of Luseland is preparing to welcome back a former resident. The Luseland and District Museum is planning to add a new wing to their centre that will focus on educating the public about Whooping Cranes.

Luseland
Jun, 2012
Arts

Summer employment at the Filmpool beneficial for all

It's not often that a budding filmmaker finds a summer job that will complement his or her future career and passion perfectly, but that was exactly the case for Mattias Graham.

Regina
Jun, 2012
Arts, First Nations

Culture Synk brings out the creative voice of youth

The youth in the northern Saskatchewan Village of Sandy Bay felt they had nothing to do, or at least that is how they saw it until a group of artists known as Culture Synk came to the village for six days to create a collaborative music video project call

Sandy Bay
Apr, 2012
Arts

Moose Jaw Art Gallery & Museum acquires suite of Carl Beam Etchings

The Columbus Project, a large body of work by the late Aboriginal artist Carl Beam represents a repossession of indigenous identity and is considered a prominent historical milestone.

Moose Jaw
Apr, 2012
Arts, Métis

Popular fiddle fest continues to grow

The annual John Arcand Fiddle Fest has come a long way in 15 years. It has grown from offering a few fiddle work-shops to an eventful, four-day festival, held at Windy Acres in Saskatoon, featuring concerts, competitions, dances and performances.

Saskatoon
Apr, 2012
Arts, First Nations

Storytelling through digital animation

For many organizations, keeping up with technology can be a daunting task, such as using new tools in the workplace, incorporating new skills into daily life, or keeping up with social media trends.

North Battleford
Apr, 2012
Arts, General Culture

Animateur work gives dancer pride in her province

Creating art is usually a personal experience for an artist. The process of creation usually occurs in studios out of sight, which often results in work that can be shared with the public.

Saskatchewan-wide
Jan, 2012
General Culture

Cultural Leadership in Saskatchewan: James Ingold

Regina
Jan, 2012
General Culture

Looking Forward to Next Culture Days

Now that Culture Days has come and gone for 2011, many organizations have had the chance to reflect on their involvement. The Art Gallery of Swift Current is the one of many cultural organizations that was pleased with the results.

Swift Current
Jan, 2012
Heritage

Museum in a suitcase

The Kroneau Heritage Museum has designed an outreach program to take the museum’s exhibitions to those who would, because of mobility issues, have difficulty visiting the museum in person.

Kronau
Jan, 2012
Métis

Pinehouse brings communities together

This past spring, one small northern community decided to host an event that would bring together the northern communities together to share, learn and celebrate Métis culture.

Pinehouse
Jan, 2012
General Culture

Champions only part of SEDA success

Supporting the pursuit of national championships, producing videos, hosting seminars and touring the north are just a few of the activities keeping the Saskatchewan Elocution and Debate Association (SEDA) busy this past year.

Regina
Oct, 2011
General Culture

Culture Days highlights importance of culture to communities

This year, SaskCulture once again spearheaded the Culture Days celebrations in Saskatchewan. Leading up to the Culture Days week, organizers were pleased to see over 160 cultural activities registered, by over 40 communities in the province, into the nat

Saskatchewan-wide
Oct, 2011
General Culture

Inside the Culture Days movement

The Culture Days Movement in Saskatchewan continued on an upswing in 2011 with the expansion of SaskCulture’s commitment to the Culture Days Animateur program, from one artist in 2010 to four artists this year.

Saskatchewan-wide
Oct, 2011
Métis

Showcasing the works of Jim Settee: Keeping Saskatchewan stories alive

Thanks to a partnership between Central Urban Métis Federation Inc. and the Métis Cultural Development Fund, Saskatchewan filmmaker Jeanne Corrigal was able to tour her film, Jim Settee: The Journey Home, a documentary film about the life of Elder Jim Set

Saskatchewan-wide
Oct, 2011
First Nations

Youth in Sturgeon Lake focus on tradition and justice

Sturgeon Lake First Nation, roughly 55km’s north of Prince Albert, works collaboratively with justice, education, Indian family services, health and administrative service portfolios to provide cultural activities for the community.

Sturgeon Lake First Nation No. 101
Oct, 2011
Multiculturalism

Cross cultural learning in the classroom

School is a place where we can learn about the world around us, but it is just as important for all students to see themselves reflected in curriculum, resources, and structure of learning.

Saskatchewan-wide
Apr, 2011
First Nations , Heritage, Métis

Duck Lake identity shaped by vivid heritage

Duck Lake has been busy with many projects aimed at bringing its history alive through arts, education and celebration. The area surrounding Duck Lake is rich with culture and the community has been busy working on ways it can reflect its vivid history.

Duck Lake
Apr, 2011
First Nations , Heritage

Neighbours in southwest create positive opportunities for youth

A partnership between Neekaneet First Nations and the Maple Creek’s Southwest Saskatchewan Oldtimers Museum and Archive builds on the strengths of neighbours to create cultural opportunities for youth and increase cultural awareness and learning.

Maple Creek
Apr, 2011
First Nations , Métis

Storytelling important to preserving history & tradition

“So much of contemporary Aboriginal art practice, whether it is visual, media, performing, or interdisciplinary art work, is rooted in our culture’s oral stories and customary knowledge,” explains Elwood Jimmy, Festival co-director.

Regina
Apr, 2011
Arts

Artists Provide Spark for Vibrant Communities

Individuals and communities have an interesting dynamic; it’s hard to think of one without the other and decide who builds whom.

Saskatchewan-wide
Jan, 2011
General Culture

Creative Kids Attracting Interest

As the end of the Creative Kids pilot year draws near, several communities in Saskatchewan have experienced the growing demand for this new charitable giving program. Interest is growing, and the town of Shaunavon, can attest to that.

Saskatchewan-wide
Jan, 2011
Heritage

Heritage valued in the heart of Humboldt

Organized by the Humboldt and District Museum and Gallery, the Heritage Project gathered community input about its heritage and developed 12 heritage themes that reflect the life of the Humboldt community.

Humboldt
Jan, 2011
Métis

Remembering James Brady

Brady, a veteran of WWII, educated and mobilized Métis communities on the rights of squatters on Crown lands and the establishment of Métis political groups that sought political and cultural protection for Métis peoples.

La Ronge
Jan, 2011
General Culture

Yorkton Aims for Cultural Excellence

Yorkton was one of the first Saskatchewan communities to develop a cultural plan. Organizers saw its development as an opportunity to achieve greater community engagement in the development of Yorkton’s cultural sector.

Yorkton
Jan, 2011
Arts, First Nations

Engaging Youth in a World of Art

Saskatchewan artist, Gabriel Yahkakeekoot of Beardys and Okemasis First Nations was hard at work this past year helping First Nations youth connect to the arts.

Kahkewistahaw First Nation No. 72
Oct, 2010
General Culture

Launching Creative Kids

Every kid should have the opportunity to participate in cultural activities, but sometimes financial and social barriers stand in their way. The newly developed Creative Kids Program attempts to knock down some of those barriers.

Saskatchewan-wide
Oct, 2010
First Nations , Heritage

Bringing Back Tradition

Workshops highlight the importance of the buffalo in First Nations culture

Saskatchewan-wide
Oct, 2016
Heritage

Intercultural Sharing through Storytelling

Story Slam promotes understanding between cultures

Saskatoon
Oct, 2016
Heritage

Try Something "Old" at Culture Days 2016

Discovering the Town of Allan's heritage

Allan
Oct, 2016
First Nations , Heritage

Food Creates Cultural Connection

How a feast helps students share their culture

Saskatoon
Oct, 2016
First Nations , General Culture

Belinda Daniels

Top teacher is a life-long learner

Saskatchewan
Apr, 2016
Arts, Cultural Industries

Jeffery Straker

Getting from then to now

Saskatchewan
Apr, 2016
Métis, Multiculturalism

Métis Cultural Camp Strengthens Youth Identity

Culture camp nurtures relationships

Saskatoon
Apr, 2016
General Culture

Youth Paying it Forward Through Fundraising

Youth spearheading fundraising efforts in support of Creative Kids

Saskatchewan
Apr, 2016
First Nations , Heritage

RIIS to the Path of Healing

How a film about uncovering the past unexpectedly brings two filmmakers on a surprising personal journey

Saskatchewan-wide
Jan, 2016
First Nations

Language Key to Culture

Dene Language Immersion Camp teaches the Importance of Language Preservation

La Ronge
Jan, 2016
First Nations

The Sixies Scoop Series

The SaskScapes Podcast by Kevin Power, Community Engagement Animateur & Producer/Host of SaskScapes

Saskatchewan-wide
Jan, 2016
Arts

All Folk’d up - A unique festival celebrates Montmartre’s rural roots

Many believe the genuine roots of culture stem from music, and for the past five years, a unique music festival has been putting the cultural heritage of one Saskatchewan village on the map.

Montmartre
Mar, 2015
General Culture, Heritage

Haunted History and the Darker Side of Heritage

The words ‘heritage’ and ‘history’ on their own do not always elicit excitement. But add the word ‘haunted’ and the past takes on a mysterious allure.

Moose Jaw
Mar, 2015
Arts, First Nations , Métis, Multiculturalism

Moving Forward, Never Forgetting - Encouraging intercultural dialogue and empathy through art

It has been said that art has the capacity to express the inexpressible, and a new exhibition at the MacKenzie Art Gallery (MAG) hopes to give a voice to what often goes unsaid, and attract a large audience in doing so.

Regina
Mar, 2015
Heritage, Multiculturalism

And We are Witness: Canada’s Internment Operations

How Ukrainian and Japanese Canadians became prisoners of war in their own country during the World Wars’.

Nov, 2014
General Culture

Expressing Saskatchewan narratives through technology

With a background in journalism, Evie ruddy is a natural storyteller. As a SaskCulture animateur, she is helping others develop that very same skill.

Saskatchewan-wide
Nov, 2014
General Culture

Jo Custead Enjoys Making a Difference

Jo Custead volunteers with a passion. Her volunteering experience has included organizations such as the Persephone Theatre, SaskCulture, Saskatoon Symphony Orchestra and the YWCA Saskatoon.

Nov, 2014
General Culture

New Digital Magazine Provides Link to Northern Talent

Language is a pathway to one’s cultural identity, and the Missinipi Broadcasting Corporation (MBC) in La Ronge is taking a leading role to ensure this link is not permanently lost for future generations.

La Ronge
Nov, 2014
First Nations

Traditional Parenting Workshop Revives Culture at Island Lake First Nation

This past summer, a unique camp offered parents a chance to learn and explore traditional First Nations parenting practices with their children.

Island Lake First Nation
Nov, 2014
First Nations

Cultural Arts Camp receives rave reviews from elders and students in Turnor Lake

The Cultural Arts Camp, hosted by the Birch Narrows Dene Community School, has started something they can’t stop, and its positive impact will be long lasting for the community of Turnor Lake.

Turnor Lake
Jun, 2014
Arts, First Nations , Métis

Living Histories – Treaty education in living sky school Division

There is more than one way to tell a story and the living sky school Division is bringing Treaty education to life through cultural experiences.

Saskatchewan
Jun, 2014
Arts, Multiculturalism

Saskatchewan Writers' Guild leading the way on diversity in Saskatchewan

The Saskatchewan Writers' Guild has evolved to offer more programs and services, to serve a larger and more diverse membership and province.

Regina
Jun, 2014
Arts, First Nations

CARFAC bridges gap with Aboriginal artists

Several years ago, CARFAC Saskatchewan (Canadian Artists’ Representation/le Front Des Artistes Canadiens) identified a gap in terms of its service to, and engagement with, the Aboriginal artist community.

Saskatoon
Feb, 2014
Arts

Culture Days includes 'amazing race': How one town got everyone running for culture!

The Town of Kindersley has been involved with Culture Days since its debut in Saskatchewan in 2010. In 2013, Kindersley upped its game, holding a number of activities including an innovative engagement opportunity called “Amazing Race: K-Town Edition*".

Kindersley
Feb, 2014
First Nations , Heritage, Métis

Language festival promotes cultural pride

“Love Your Language, Speak with Pride.” This was the message bestowed on over 450 First Nations students at the province’s first-ever Indigenous language Festival.

Saskatoon
Feb, 2014
Arts

Popular touring workshop engages artists and Saskatchewan students

Every fall, for nearly 30 years, a troupe of Saskatchewan artists has jumped aboard a van and hit the road to provide arts workshops to students in schools all across the province.

Saskatchewan
Feb, 2014
General Culture

Artists ‘animate’ Culture Days in Saskatchewan

Since 2010, SaskCulture has hired Saskatchewan artists, from a variety of disciplines, to interest people – planners and public - in participating in Culture Days, a three-day event held during the last weekend in September each year.

Saskatchewan
Nov, 2013
Arts

Gateway Festival has positive community impact for nearly a decade

For almost ten years, the Gateway Music Festival held in Bengough, SK has been entertaining audiences and providing a unique opportunity for Saskatchewan musicians to play alongside internationally acclaimed artists.

Bengough
Nov, 2013
Heritage

New home, new name for the Regina Plains Museum

The Regina Plains Museum is now called the Civic Museum of Regina. Besides a new name, it also has a new address.

Regina
Nov, 2013
Heritage

Prairie Wind and Silver Sage conserve prairie landscapes

This past summer, Prairie Wind and Silver Sage was excited to launch phase one of their ecomuseum project exploring the unique character of the Grasslands, Val Marie and the surrounding area.

Val Marie
Nov, 2013
Arts, First Nations

Retreat helps Aboriginal youth share their stories

In August 2012, the Saskatchewan Writers’ Guild (SWG), in partnership with the First Nations University of Canada (FNUC), hosted the first annual Bringing Back the Buffalo: Aboriginal Youth Writers’ Retreat in Regina.

Regina
Jun, 2013
First Nations , Métis

Centennial celebration brings communities together

The village of Lestock is moving into the future using music and dance to celebrate differences and bring diverse cultures together.

Lestock
Mar, 2013
First Nations , Métis

John Lamodigiere: Aboriginal Myth Buster

John Lagimodiere has been busy myth busting with his Aboriginal Awareness Training sessions.

Saskatchewan-wide
Mar, 2013
Heritage

Saskatoon’s Heritage in the palm of your hand

A university of Saskatchewan student is rewriting Saskatoon’s history—and now that history fits in the palm of your hand.

Saskatoon
Mar, 2013
First Nations , Heritage

Yanessa Days celebrating past and modern culture

In the 1980’s, Sam Herman, then mayor of La Loche, encouraged community members to dress up in old-time clothing for a culture day celebration at the local elementary school. Thus, the Yanessa Days were born.

La Loche
Mar, 2013
Arts, First Nations , Métis

Balcarres students recognize the role of First Nations and Métis people in their community

In some communities, role models are merely people to be admired. While they also admire their role models in Balcarres, some students at Balcarres Community School are also preserving their role models for “posterity”.

Balcarres
Dec, 2012
Arts, First Nations , Métis

Métissage: collaboration increases reach

Amazing connections can be made, and powerful ideas can blossom when organizations come together to work collaboratively on a project.

Regina
Dec, 2012
Multiculturalism

Shaping a new Multiculturalism Strategy for SaskCulture

Much has been said over the years about the term multiculturalism since it became a buzzword in the 1970’s.

Saskatchewan-wide
Dec, 2012
Arts, Heritage

Artists part of celebrating 100-year old Legislative Building

This year, Saskatchewan artist Laura Hale has been hired to creatively engage others in celebrating the 100th anniversary of the Saskatchewan Legislature Building.

Regina
Jun, 2012
General Culture

Culture Days: two years and growing

It only took two years for Culture Days to capture the imagination of people in cities and towns throughout Saskatchewan. Inspired by this success, SaskCulture, along with many community organizers, is eager to keep Culture Days as a focal point for cult

Saskatchewan-wide
Jun, 2012
Métis

New partnership sparks Métis interest

In its first year, the partnership between SaskCulture and Gabriel Dumont Institute (GDI), intended to increase interest and awareness of funding available to preserve Métis cultural heritage, has resulted in an overwhelming response.

Saskatchewan-wide
Jun, 2012
General Culture, Heritage

Year of Fransaskois celebrating 'joie de vivre' in 2012

Back in December, the provincial government declared 2012 as the Year of the Fransaskois in Saskatchewan and events marking this year-long celebration have been taking place across the province.

Saskatchewan-wide
Jun, 2012
General Culture

Dream Brokers now connecting kids to culture

It’s no secret that being involved in cultural, sport or recreation activities during childhood can have many benefits. Participation can foster a greater sense of belonging and develop valuable life skills.

Saskatchewan-wide
Apr, 2012
Heritage

Opera house inspires community's culture planning

A shrine to Saskatchewan’s rich history, the Town of Battleford has moved its historic Town Hall/Opera House onto centre stage as part of its most recent municipal cultural plans.

Battleford
Apr, 2012
Arts

Saskatchewan Arts Alliance buzzing about buttons

It’s all about bringing several existing parts together and adding in your own dash, statement and individuality.

Regina
Apr, 2012
Arts

Weyburn sees Culture Days Success

Culture Days is still an opportunity to many communities. Those considering taking the opportunity to organize a Culture Days activity or event may want to check out Weyburn’s example.

Weyburn
Apr, 2012
Heritage

ArchaeoCaravan out in Saskatchewan

This has been an exciting year for the Saskatchewan Archaeological Society (SAS). Acting executive Director Kim Cloutier says the SAS’s success comes largely from two new initiatives designed to introduce archaeology to those who are unfamiliar with it.

Saskatoon
Jan, 2012
First Nations

Horses important to cultural healing

One Arrow First Nation, a Cree community north of Saskatoon, has retained its ties to its historic horse culture. Over the past year, the band, along with the One Arrow equestrian Centre, has partnered to create a program.

One Arrow First Nation
Jan, 2012
Heritage

Macklin: heritage helps define community

Macklin – A small town hugging the Alberta border. This extreme westerly area in Saskatchewan was relatively late to be settled. European settlers had only begun to seek settlement in 1906.

Macklin
Jan, 2012
General Culture

Nature Quest popular with Saskatchewan students

Saskatchewan students are getting back to nature with the help of Nature Saskatchewan’s Nature Quest program.

Saskatchewan-wide
Jan, 2012
Arts, First Nations

Students go digital as part of Treaty Learning

Students from Balcarres learned that the art of film, audio and digital photography can create a fascinating opportunity to learn about Treaties in Saskatchewan.

Balcarres
Jan, 2012
Arts, Multiculturalism

Cinergie continues to grow thanks to MIF

Every year in Saskatoon the Federation des Francophones de Saskatoon host the Cinergie Festival. The festival has been advertised as one of Saskatchewan’ most unique arts and culture festivals and this year.

Saskatoon
Oct, 2011
General Culture, Heritage

Four lakes, four seasons, five communities for culture

“I have always been interested in revitalizing our main street,” says Elaine Hanson, town councillor and business owner, Fort Qu’Appelle. “We tend to use the beauty of the Qu’Appelle Valley as an excuse to do very little to improve the aesthetics of the t

Fort Qu'Appelle
Oct, 2011
Arts, General Culture

Northern District highlights artists in new handbook

The Northern Sport, Culture and Recreation District (NSCRD) has developed the Northern Saskatchewan Arts & Culture Handbook, a colourful, 50- page publication, which highlights many of the region’s creative talent.

La Ronge
Oct, 2011
Arts, General Culture

Summer work leaves impression in North Central

Charlotte Hauk’s job is unique. “I might be the only person doing this kind of stuff, at least in Regina,” she says. It’s probably true.

Regina
Oct, 2011
Multiculturalism

Being inclusive: Exploring the concept with Enid Lee

To be an inclusive organization requires more than just opening one’s doors a bit wider. Today’s inclusive organization must continue identifying who it serves and how it can adjust to be more open to the many cultures that call Saskatchewan home.

Saskatoon
Apr, 2011
General Culture, Multiculturalism

Cultural Leaders in Saskatchewan: Q & A with Renu Kapoor

For Renu Kapoor, it has been a very rewarding experience to be on Multicultural Initiative Fund committee for SaskCulture. It has given me better insight into other ethnic cultures in Saskatchewan.

Regina
Apr, 2011
Multiculturalism

German culture continues to thrive

The Saskatchewan German Council is highly motivated when it comes to bringing people of German heritage together and highlighting the German culture.

Saskatchewan-wide
Apr, 2011
Heritage, Multiculturalism

Raising Awareness of African-Canadian contributions in Saskatchewan

Preserving and celebrating a little known part of this province’s heritage is the mission of the Saskatchewan African Canadian Heritage Museum Inc. (SACHM).

Regina
Apr, 2011
General Culture, Multiculturalism

Ukrainian cultural identity deeply rooted in province

The Ukrainian culture runs deep throughout Saskatchewan. Hearing the language spoken, eating the traditional dishes or seeing the brightly coloured national dress, is common in many areas of the province.

Saskatchewan-wide
Apr, 2011
General Culture

Celebrating Culture in Kindersley

Kindersley is taking the lead when it comes to showing off their culture. The town of about 4,400 residents is home to a diverse and talented group of performers, arts and culture supporters, and educators.

Kindersley
Jan, 2011
General Culture

Culture Days... helping communities celebrate culture

This past year, Saskatchewan participated in the first-ever Culture Days celebration that highlighted free, interactive cultural activities from across the country taking place on September 24-26, 2010.

Saskatchewan-wide
Jan, 2011
General Culture

Q & A with Anika Henderson - Cultural Leader in Saskatchewan

Swift Current
Jan, 2011
Arts, First Nations , Métis

Tapping into the Northern Spirits

As reality shows, such as Canadian Idol or So Youth Think you Can Dance, continue to capture the attention of aspiring talent, Saskatchewan’s northern youth have an even better opportunity to show their stuff.

Prince Albert
Jan, 2011
Métis

2010 Year of the Metis

This year, the Back to Batoche festival featured a wide range of performances including Saskatchewan’s own Lindsay Knight (Eekwol) and Donny Parenteau - among others, as well as workshops.

Saskatchewan-wide
Oct, 2010
Arts, First Nations

Giving Youth the Tools They Need to Create

Ramses Calderon is a busy man. The El Salvadorn-born resident of Regina is a writer, musical scholar and innovative musician who incorporates traditional instruments and rhythms into his compositions.

Regina
Oct, 2010
Arts

Podium 2010: Saskatchewan Hosts National Choir Conference

Choral voices from across the country converged in Saskatoon in 2010. For the first time in 16 years, Saskatchewan co-hosted the Association of Canadian Choral Communities Biennial.

Saskatoon
Oct, 2010
First Nations , Heritage

Finding Your Family Roots

Traditional languages provide insight into heritage

Fishing Lake Fist Nation No. 89
Oct, 2016
General Culture, Heritage

Jamming for Culture

Keeping a food tradition alive for future generations

North Battleford
Oct, 2016
Heritage, Métis

Dance Opportunity to Explore Métis Culture

Dance project gives Saskatchewan residents a chance to learn Métis Culture

Regina
Oct, 2016
Heritage

Humboldt Leading the Way with Intangible Cultural Heritage

Humboldt making way for Living Heritage

Humboldt
Oct, 2016
Arts

Cultural Project Combines Arts, Biology and Design

Students bring together art and science in the classroom

Saskatoon
Apr, 2016
Arts

LIVE Arts: Bringing the Arts to Life

Introducing Saskatchewan artists to students

Saskatchewan
Apr, 2016
Arts

Music Program Promotes Healing Through the Arts

Students find a creative outlet through music

Turtleford
Apr, 2016
Cultural Industries

Youth Take Opportunities to Express Themselves

Gaining confidence through dance

Saskatchewan
Apr, 2016
First Nations , Multiculturalism

Finding Common Ground

Project aims to bridge cultural difference between Saskatchewan residents

Prince Albert
Jan, 2016
First Nations

Learning Language from Each Other

An annual Indigenous celebration brings school kids together to restore language and culture

Saskatoon
Jan, 2016
First Nations

Truth & Reconciliation

Reflection and action needed in Saskatchewan's cultural community

Saskatchewan
Jan, 2016
Heritage

A Train Trip to the Past and the Future - The inspiring story behind Ogema’s railway tour

The Town of Ogema fought back from rural decline with the development of a railway tour that would help steer the community towards a brighter future.

Ogema
Mar, 2015
Arts, General Culture

It's Not Baroque and She's Bach this Year: Meet Della Beal

This summer will be the 29th SaskTel Saskatchewan Jazz Festival and the 24th year that Della Beal has volunteered with the Saskatoon festival.

Saskatoon
Mar, 2015
Arts, General Culture

Touring Through a Cultural Landscape

Highway 1 Studio Tour brings local artists out into the limelight

Herbert
Mar, 2015
First Nations , Métis

Bridging the Gap

Young participants recently had the opportunity to spend a week surviving without many of our modern conveniences.

Moose Bay
Nov, 2014
Heritage

Heritage Moments: How youth are finding inspiration through history

Saskatchewan students are taking an active interest in their heritage thanks to a school program designed to explore history and culture.

Saskatchewan-wide
Nov, 2014
Heritage

Maple Creek Moves Forward

How a town in southwest Saskatchewan discovered that the preservation of its past can spur cultural growth today.

Maple Creek
Nov, 2014
Arts, First Nations

Raising the Bar: Exploring Indigenous culture through game creation

Culture, games and sport all play an important role in a community, and a recent ArtsSmarts initiative set out to explore that connection through art and collaborative learning.

Regina
Nov, 2014
Arts

ARTforLIFE creates lasting legacy for students and teachers alike

A visual art-based education program at Saskatoon’s Mendel Art Gallery combines both, and is building a creative legacy that will leave a mark on teachers and students for years to come.

Saskatoon
Jun, 2014
General Culture

Culture Days Q & A with the Rivers West District

Shaunna Grandish had the opportunity to interview Bonnie Mills Midgley, community development coordinator, Rivers West District for Sport, Culture and Recreation, about Culture Days and its impact to her community.

St. Walburg
Jun, 2014
General Culture

Our Humboldt– Looking toward the future through a cultural lens

Humboldt is stepping into the future with a brand new culture-led growth plan.

Humboldt
Jun, 2014
Arts, First Nations

Spoken word brings Cree language to life for students

Some may consider older styles of poetry to be dead, but a Saskatoon education coordinator is using the medium to bring the Cree language to life, and her students are reaping the rewards.

Saskatoon
Jun, 2014
Arts

Competition unites community theatre in Saskatchewan

Every year, several theatre groups compete the top prize at Theatre Saskatchewan’s TheatreOne competition.

Saskatoon
Feb, 2014
First Nations , Métis

Entertainment, eating, education and engagement create recipe for success at Folkfest’s Indian & Métis Pavilion

Every year, people in Saskatoon travel around the world learning about different cultures – only to find out what they have in their own backyard.

Saskatoon
Feb, 2014
Arts

Memory boxes and art engage seniors

For several months in late 2013, about 20 senior citizens from the Regina-area have been creating memory boxes and paintings based on their own personal stories and narratives.

Regina
Feb, 2014
Arts

Saskatoon’s Street Meet Festival: challenging perceptions of public art

This past summer, from July 5-7, 2013, Saskatoon’s AKA Gallery and a group of renowned artists to create Saskatoon’s first annual street meet Festival.

Saskatoon
Feb, 2014
Arts, Multiculturalism

Collaboration and Cultures: Curtain Razors brings Aztec heritage to the Prairies

Theatre has the power to transport us to new, imaginary worlds, and recently, Regina’s Curtain Razors brought a new world to life in their unique international performance, "Codice Remix."

Regina
Nov, 2013
General Culture

#iheartculture contest winners

Throughout the summer of 2013, SaskCulture ran a social media contest as a part of Culture Days in Saskatchewan asking residents to share what they love about culture by posting their photos, videos, poems or stories.

Saskatchewan
Nov, 2013
Arts

OSAC – connecting communities with the arts for 45 years

The organization of Saskatchewan Arts Councils has been making the arts more accessible to the people of Saskatchewan for 45 years.

Regina
Nov, 2013
Arts, Heritage, Métis

Production shares important Métis history

Live theatre has the power to touch audiences in a way few other art forms can. The play The Trial of Louis Riel has been reaching out and touching people with its story for 47 years.

Saskatchewan
Nov, 2013
Arts

Youth connect with culture through summer music camp

In July 2012, over 80 youth from Regina and Saskatoon participated in a first of its kind summer music camp.

Regina
Jun, 2013
Heritage

Culture Days Q & A with the Museum of Antiquities

The museum of Antiquities at the University of Saskatchewan in Saskatoon was a first-time Culture Days activity organizer in 2012. Michelle Brownridge had the opportunity to speak with Tracene Harvey, the director/curator at the museum.

Saskatoon
Mar, 2013
Heritage

Main Street Program continues to revitalize Saskatchewan Communities

Traditionally, Main Street has been the hub of the community for towns and villages throughout the province. Four Saskatchewan communities are now taking steps to ensure it remains that way for years to come.

Saskatchewan-wide
Mar, 2013
Arts

Saving PAVED’s video history from the disintegration of time

PAVED Arts has preserved an often overlooked part of Saskatchewan’s cultural history.

Saskatoon
Mar, 2013
General Culture

Animateurs Key in Culture Days Success

Since Culture Days began in 2010, SaskCulture has hired artists from various disciplines to travel across the province to contact local community planners, libraries, museums and artists to help brainstorm ideas & build community support for Culture Days.

Saskatchewan-wide
Dec, 2012
Arts, Métis

Interactive workshop helps students learn about Métis tradition

Gravelbourg’s Camille Bell was invited by teacher Anita Clarke to Mossbank School where Bell spent a day presenting Métis traditions to elementary school children.

Mossbank
Dec, 2012
Arts, Multiculturalism

Partnership connects newcomers with a sense of community

Building a sense of home and place can sometimes be a daunting task for newcomers, especially youth. The Saskatchewan Organization of Heritage Languages (SOHL) and the Saskatchewan Filmpool Cooperative partnered to present a one-day workshop.

Regina
Dec, 2012
Multiculturalism

Tours helping newcomers Discover Saskatoon

Museums. Art galleries. Historic sites. These three places are common sites on many cultural tours. In Saskatoon, leisure centres, government offices and food stores are the sites to discover instead.

Saskatoon
Dec, 2012
Heritage

Community partnership leads to cultural growth

An interest in cultural planning by five Saskatchewan communities has blossomed into an innovative regional partnership, which includes involvement in the Main Street pilot projects and increased community momentum.

Wolseley
Jun, 2012
First Nations , Métis

Grants make a difference for First Nations and Métis Groups

The Aboriginal Arts and Culture Leadership Grant (AACL) was launched by SaskCulture in 2007 following a funding model developed by the Saskatchewan Arts Board. The AACL grant is aimed at increasing the capacity in Aboriginal communities.

Saskatchewan-wide
Jun, 2012
First Nations , Métis

Prince Albert Historical Society and Treaty Education

Teachers from local school divisions from across the curriculum and grade levels participated in the two- day workshop to collaboratively create three lessons plans in a given subject and grade level that supported Treaty and Aboriginal education.

Prince Albert
Jun, 2012
Arts

Collaboration a big part of new music alliance

In 2007, five provincial music organizations, supported by SaskCulture and Saskatchewan Lotteries, entered into discussions as a way to investigate collaborative possibilities and create new synergies.

Saskatchewan-wide
Apr, 2012
Arts

Emerging Saskatchewan artists: talent to watch

Saskatchewan-wide
Apr, 2012
Arts, First Nations

PAVED Arts Outreach: leaving a lasting community legacy

Over the past five years PAVED Arts has made outreach programming a priority for Saskatchewan’s media arts community.

Saskatoon
Apr, 2012
Arts

Saskatchewan youth selected as national arts leader

It was a surprise to Broadview School student Adam Wyatt when his mother asked him if he would like to travel to Toronto to participate in a new program focused on youth leadership initiated by ArtsSmarts called the 21st Century Youth Creativity Challenge

Broadview
Apr, 2012
Arts

Yorkton Film Festival celebrates 65th anniversary

Bright lights will be shining on Yorkton this May as the city welcomes film-lovers from across the country. The Yorkton Film Festival is the longest running film festival in North America.

Yorkton
Apr, 2012
General Culture

Connecting culture through social media

At the SaskCulture Gathering in 2011, social media expert Darren Barefoot began by clarifying the difference between “digital immigrants”, those who are just learning to use social media (usually 32 years plus), and “digital natives”.

Regina
Jan, 2012
General Culture

Looking Forward to Culture Days

Now that Culture Days has come and gone for 2011, many organizations have had the chance to reflect on their involvement. The Art Gallery of Swift Current is the one of many cultural organizations that was pleased with the results.

Swift Current
Jan, 2012
General Culture, Heritage

Maple Creek capitalizing on its cultural roots

A couple of years ago a group of community-minded people gathered in maple Creek for a community planning meeting. Twenty-one citizens representing 13 groups in maple Creek drafted a vision at that meeting.

Maple Creek
Jan, 2012
First Nations

Partners for creative Treaty Education

Students in The Prairie Valley School Division explored their relationship to the land and to the Treaties through a Creative Partnership that had them interviewing community members, visiting outdoor sites and learning about digital film-making.

Fort Qu'Appelle
Jan, 2012
Multiculturalism

Year of India Celebration a success

The Bright Colours of the Saskatchewan East Indian community were proudly on display this past year in celebration of culture and friendship between this province and India.

Regina
Jan, 2012
Arts, General Culture

Community support key to Creative Kids

Only in its first year of operation, Creative Kids has already found success in serving Saskatchewan communities.

Saskatchewan-wide
Oct, 2011
Heritage

Getting attention for heritage

Heritage Saskatchewan is eager to bring more attention to the importance of heritage in the province. Incorporated in 2009, the organization is bringing the heritage community together to share common concerns and to work to raise greater awareness.

Saskatchewan-wide
Oct, 2011
Arts

Rising star from the north

For those of you that think mastering the fiddle at 15 years old is an accomplishment, try playing one while balancing on stilts. Tristen Durocher of La Ronge, has been playing violin for the past five years.

La Ronge
Oct, 2011
Arts

Symphony makes new home in Saskatoon inner-city

Ready to move forward, the Saskatoon Symphony Orchestra (SSO) plans to bring sweet music to the Saskatoon community of Riversdale.

Saskatoon
Oct, 2011
Arts

Building year for La Troupe du Jour

Recognized nationally for its original works and unique theatre experience, La Troupe du Jour is much more than entertaining, it is a major force in keeping the Fransaskois culture alive in the province.

Saskatoon
Apr, 2011
Heritage

Doukhobors: keeping tradition alive on the prairies

A popular way of sharing a particular culture with others is through song. Always looking for ways to engage the public in their culture and traditions, the Doukhobor Cultural Society of Saskatchewan is planning to make their music even more accessible.

Veregin
Apr, 2011
First Nations , Métis

mispon provides opportunities for indigenous filmmakers

In March 2006, the University of Regina’s department of Media Production and Studies brought in wellknown Canadian Aboriginal filmmaker, Alanis Obomsawin, as a keynote speaker for what would turn out to be mispon’s first biannual film festival.

Regina
Apr, 2011
General Culture, Multiculturalism

Sacred site promotes understanding of culture and spirituality

An impeccable view of a peaceful Saskatchewan valley, a white bolder, blue sky and quiet time is all it takes to enjoy the sacred site established in the province through the energies of Multi-Faith Saskatchewan.

Craik
Apr, 2011
General Culture, Multiculturalism

Who is coming to live in Saskatchewan!

Much of Saskatchewan’s recent growth can be attributed to the record immigration levels over the past few years.

Saskatchewan-wide
Apr, 2011
Arts

Common Weal Continues to Connect Communities and the Arts

Every community has a challenge to face. Through its work, Common Weal has shown how arts and culture can be used to help nurture positive change in communities and help them face their adversity.

Regina
Jan, 2011
General Culture

Every Community has a Story

Every community, large and small, has a story and cultural assets that help set it apart from those around it.

Saskatchewan-wide
Jan, 2011
General Culture

Q & A with Reggie Newkirk - Cultural Leader in Saskatchewan

Regina
Jan, 2011
General Culture

Uncovering the Cultural Drivers for Saskatoon's Culture Plan

Known for its river, its heritage and its vibrant arts and culture scene, Saskatoon jumped on the opportunity to incorporate its unique culture into a range of different strategic planning priorities.

Saskatoon
Jan, 2011
General Culture

Culture Days: A Culture Free For All

In Saskatchewan, the idea for a “culture week” or similar awareness campaign had been discussed for a number of years.

Saskatchewan-wide
Oct, 2010
Multiculturalism

Interest in Languages Continues to Grow

Have you ever passed by a classroom and heard children speaking Urdu or Igbo? The Saskatchewan Organization of Heritage Languages (SOHL) hopes the sounds of heritage language in schools will grow more and more common every year.

Saskatchewan-wide
Oct, 2010