SaskCulture Member Consultations

Dear SaskCulture Member:

RE: Proposed Constitutional Changes

On behalf of the SaskCulture Board of Directors, I am very pleased to share some potential changes that the board is recommending to the SaskCulture Constitution. These recommended changes have come about as the organization reflects on its last 20 years and looks forward to the next 20 years. Some of the changes are simply adjustments to language to be more current. Others are substantial and recognize the changes that are happening in society, our province, and country today as we move forward. The proposed constitutional changes will go to the membership at the June 2019 AGM.

As in past years, whenever SaskCulture has proposed changes to its Constitution, the membership is consulted in advance. Representatives of the board have held member consultations including a live webinar on January 30, 2019. The webinar was recorded for those who were not able to watch it or attend the consultation session.

To assist you in gaining an understanding of the proposed Constitutional changes, we have prepared a document for your review. It is a copy of the Constitution with the revisions included, as well as boxes to explain the changes; this document will also be helpful as you watch the webinar. All of the changes are noted in red (or markup) with the exception of the Principles and Values. Because the Principles and Values include such substantial changes, the document shows the old version on one side of a two-column page with the proposed Principles and Values beside them.

The majority of this new content addresses the Ten Principles identified within the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s Report (TRC).

SaskCulture believes that, as an organization with a leadership role in cultural engagement in Saskatchewan, our foundational document must be inclusive and responsive to contemporary issues of cultural importance to the province. To this end, SaskCulture seeks to integrate the teachings from the TRC report into the Principles and Values of SaskCulture’s Constitution. These revisions are a confirmation of SaskCulture’s commitment to Truth and Reconciliation and an acknowledgement that the work in reconciliation is inherent to the cultural vitality of the province moving forward.

L-R in webinar: SaskCulture President James Rose; Past President Joanne McDonald; 
and, Past President James Ingold

Any questions can be forwarded to SaskCulture’s CEO, Rose Gilks (rgilks@saskculture.ca) for responses.

Sincerely,

James Rose

President