#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.
Participatory grant-making strengthens relationships and funding options
Increasing awareness of equity and inclusion: New relationships, wider discussions help eliminate racism and oppression
Increasing effectiveness and sustainability of funding: Funding Program Renewal Project underway
Battlefords Community Players Celebrates 75 Years Thanks to Volunteers
Volunteers Key to 20-Year Old Indigenous Storytelling Series
Understanding the Role of Helper - Important to Indigenous Communities
Volunteers Contribute to Growth of Historical Society
Taking action toward Reconciliation
New grant program provides more responsive and flexible funding structure
Listening to Community Leads to Meaningful Support
Fransaskois Festival Success a Result of Strong Leadership
Regina Folk Festival Improves Accessibility with Hearing Loop
YWCA Exemplifies Leadership in Implementing TRC’s Calls to Action
Teaching Traditions to Students Important to Cree Knowledge Keeper
Building an Anti-Racist Workplace: SHFS Board and Staff Commit to Training
Honouring the Voices of Descendants of Regina Indian Industrial School Students
Program Helps Heritage Languages Thrive
Culture Threads: Event Sparks Cultural Conversations
Living Through History: Documenting COVID-19 Culture in Saskatchewan
Traditions and Language: Oasis Programs Adapted During Pandemic
Combining In-Person and virtual Programming for a new Cultural experience
Popular Indigenous Peoples' Day Gathering Goes virtual
Culture Days Supports Community-Building in Weyburn
Mapping a Path to Reconciliation
Advancing Reconciliation Beyond Words
Creating a Village in the Spirit of Reconciliation
How One Newcomer Youth is Championing Truth and Reconciliation Calls to Action
Promoting Cultural Diversity through Food
Walking the Path to Reconciliation
Classroom Learning Experience Keep Indigenous Cultures and Traditions Alive
Gathering Helps Tell the True Story of Chief Big Bear
Shiloh Community History Inspires Descendants to Embrace Identity
Chief Poundmaker Museum: Source of Pride and Heart of Community
Diversity of Voices on Cultural Boards
Jennifer Fitzpatrick’s Leading Role in Telling the Stories of Humboldt
New Theatre Company Shares Stories of Newcomers
Thought-Provoking Discussions at SaskCulture`s Let`s Talk Event
Circus Arts Inspires Northern Saskatchewan Kids
Grant Connects Northern Saskatchewan Children to Valuable Learning Opportunities
Keeping Language Alive
Connecting Language with the First Nations World View
Where are the Buffalo?
How a project brought the buffalo spirit back to the streets of Regina
Beyond Plates of Perogies
Saskatoon celebrates Ukrainian Day in the Park
Culture Days in Saskatchewan - Increasing Community Engagement
Intercultural Development Inventory (IDI) Makes a Difference
OSAC Showing Diversity and Encouraging Inclusiveness
Showcasing Culture in Yorkton
Yorkton Festival of Cultures Provides Welcoming Venue for Newcomers
Important Link in Saskatchewan's North
The Northern Sport, Culture and Recreation District brings community together
Living the River's Stories
Discovering our past down the South Saskatchewan River
Creighton Celebrates Culture Days
How a community recognizes its local culture
Finding Your Family Roots
Traditional languages provide insight into heritage
Jamming for Culture
Keeping a food tradition alive for future generations
Dance Opportunity to Explore Métis Culture
Dance project gives Saskatchewan residents a chance to learn Métis Culture
Humboldt Leading the Way with Intangible Cultural Heritage
Humboldt making way for Living Heritage
Cultural Project Combines Arts, Biology and Design
Students bring together art and science in the classroom
LIVE Arts: Bringing the Arts to Life
Introducing Saskatchewan artists to students
Métis Cultural Camp Strengthens Youth Identity
Culture camp nurtures relationships
Youth Take Opportunities to Express Themselves
Gaining confidence through dance
Finding Common Ground
Project aims to bridge cultural difference between Saskatchewan residents
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.
Harvesting the Wind
How the SaskPower Windscape Kite Festival generates imagination on the prairies.
Literary Acclaim Meets Small-City Charm
A look into the Saskatchewan Festival of Words
#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.
Digging in the Dirt
The Saskatchewan Archaeological Society engages newcomer youth in uncovering the past.
In Her Own Words: Joyce Vandall
Joyce Vandall has been a passionate community volunteer for over 30 years.
Museums Without Walls: Getting the conversation started on ecomuseums
Several Saskatchewan communities are bringing the concept of an ‘ecomuseum’ to the province.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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".
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.
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.
The world meets in Hazlet
The village of Hazlet in southwestern Saskatchewan has become an international cultural intersection point.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Saving PAVED’s video history from the disintegration of time
PAVED Arts has preserved an often overlooked part of Saskatchewan’s cultural history.
Changing Demographics: Are Cultural Organizations Ready for the Future?
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”.
Métissage: collaboration increases reach
Amazing connections can be made, and powerful ideas can blossom when organizations come together to work collaboratively on a project.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
Saskatchewan Arts Alliance buzzing about buttons
It’s all about bringing several existing parts together and adding in your own dash, statement and individuality.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Nature Quest popular with Saskatchewan students
Saskatchewan students are getting back to nature with the help of Nature Saskatchewan’s Nature Quest program.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Q & A with Anika Henderson - Cultural Leader in Saskatchewan
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.
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.
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.
Increasing equity and belonging for youth: Teaching hoop dancing helps build cultural connections
Supporting Truth and Reconciliation practices: Decolonizing begins with building relationships
Increasing support and access to funding: New funding program supports emerging group
Increasing participation in cultural experiences post-pandemic: Encouraging folks to “Find the Fun” at in-person cultural experiences
Rivers West District Volunteer Awards Connect at a Personal Level
Métis Local Connects Community Through Moccasin-making
Volunteer Peer Assessors Offer Diverse Perspectives and Experience
Ribbon Skirt-Making Project Reconnects Community after COVID
Anti-racism Conference: New Non-profit Leads Discussions on Anti-racism
Listen to Dis': Increasing Accessibility Is a Journey
Connections to Others Key to Common Ground
Moose Jaw on Track with its Culture Plan
Re-Imagining Cultural Intersections: Exploring Connections Between Indigenous and Newcomer Artists
Workshop Helps Preserve Métis Traditional Art Form
Working Towards Inclusiveness, Diversity, Equity and Access
Engaging Youth in Creativity Important to Métis Artist
New Action Groups Focus on Reconciliation in Saskatoon
Webinars Increase Connection to Language and Culture
Finding new Ways to Safely engage
Partnership Develops videos to help Share Indigenous Culture
Keeping Museum Conversations Online
Smooth transition to Online for Saskatchewan Writers' Guild
More Than Just Theatre: GTNT Students Connect to Their Cultural Identity
Revitalizing Moose-hide Tanning for Youth in Northern Saskatchewan
Biggar Takes Step Towards Reconciliation
Gathering Focuses on Reconciliation and Relationship-Building
Incorporating Land-based Learning into Programming
Reconnecting Youth to Mother Earth
Helping Indigenous Peoples Trace Their Roots
Moose Jaw Provides Platform for Residents to Engage with New Neighbours
The Moose Jaw Community Connection Program celebrates World Refugee Event by inviting residents to engage with newcomers and refugees.
Awards Recognize Individual Contributions to Multiculturalism in Saskatchewan
Culture Days: Creating the Platform to Share Cultures and Engage with Communities
Karon Shmon: ‘I feel like I am innately a teacher’
Nikaniwin: Youth Leaders Bring Arts and Culture Opportunity to Community
Sandra Butel – Value-Based Approach to Festival Experience
Working Hands, Working Minds at the South East District Continue to Promote Community Engagement
Community Brings People and Cultures Together
Innovating Art and Cultural Understanding
Wrapped in Love: The Moss Bag Project
Connecting with your Inner ‘Story-ior’
How the Saskatchewan Aboriginal Writers Circle is building a community of Indigenous Storytellers
Li Michif nitooni katawashishin
Michif is a Beautiful Language
A Rightful Place to Call Home
Newcomers sharing their stories to local audiences
Lost and Found
Relearning the forgotten story of Yee Clun
Walking the Talk
Raising awareness of Truth and Reconciliation in Swift Current
Traditional Languages Meet New Form of Self Expression
Meme-making workshops help Northern youth reconnect to their roots
New Skills Help Northern Youth Share Stories and Culture
Creative project provides technological opportunities
Getting a Taste of Culture
The Museums Association of Saskatchewan shows how food triggers Intangible Cultural Heritage
The Power of Plants
Learning traditional knowledge of plants and healing
Discovering Your Unique Sense of Place
An interview with intangible cultural heritage stewards: Dale Jarvis and Kristin Catherwood
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.
Dance as a Gateway into Ukrainian Culture
Youth finding their own voices in history
Love of Theatre Growing in the North
Northern Saskatchewan students build their own stories
Spirit Horse Project
Connecting youth to their Indigenous culture
Changing Attitudes through Debate
Youth can have an important voice in important national discussion
Learning Language from Each Other
An annual Indigenous celebration brings school kids together to restore language and culture
The Sixies Scoop Series
The SaskScapes Podcast by Kevin Power, Community Engagement Animateur & Producer/Host of SaskScapes
Adventures in Archaeology
On tour with the Saskatchewan Archaeology Society
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.
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.
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’.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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*".
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.
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.
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."
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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”.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Community support key to Creative Kids
Only in its first year of operation, Creative Kids has already found success in serving Saskatchewan communities.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Q & A with Reggie Newkirk - Cultural Leader in Saskatchewan
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.
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.
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.
Increasing preservation of cultural teachings: Podcast project shares Métis values and lifestyles
Helping children and youth access cultural activities: Raising funds key to increased access
Supporting Truth and Reconciliation: Culture Days encourages communities to host Truth and Reconciliation activities
Increasing support for best practices for non-profits: Building a strong foundation for the future
Volunteer Helps Cultural Centre on a Sustainable Path Forward
Travelling Artist Takes Music Lessons to Underserved Communities
Volunteerism a Strong Connector in the Ukrainian Community
How Kelsey Starblanket's teachings help youth find purpose
Dream Brokers: Creative programs popular for handling COVID
Creative Kids benefits from this year’s India Night Gala proceeds
OUT on the Land Continues to Build Two-Spirit Connections
Saskatchewan Film Cooperative Prioritizes Accessibility for Members
Culture Days in Oxbow Sets a Direction for Truth and Reconciliation
Art as a Story: How Melanie Rose Uses Art as Expression
Embracing Differences: Learning First-Hand from Cultural Ambassadors
New Network of Landholders Upholds Treaty Rights
Room for Exploring Cultures Together at the Reading Place
A Lasting Legacy: Building Support for Cultural Activity in the North
CARFAC Mentorship Continues Connections Online
Finding Bresaylor: Museum Shares Métis Story
New Program Brings Poetry and Stage into Students’ Homes
Rooted in Tradition: How Dream Brokers Created a Medicinal Plant Teaching Project
Augmented reality Creates Moving Pictures: Increases Accessibility to Art Work
Métis Mondays with the Battlefords Boys and Girls Club
Take-home Arts and Craft Kits Popular During Pandemic
Mentorship Provides Opportunity to Share Métis Culture
Everyone Has a Story to Tell
Métis Celebration Encourages Reconciliation
Creating Platforms for Revitalization
Gathering Opens Conversation on Care of Ancestral Objects and Knowledge
Learning Cultures and Building Literacy through the Arts
Some young Regina students are learning and getting immersed in cultures through innovative art program.
Restoring Worldview: Centralizing Traditional and Holistic Birthing Practices in First Nations Communities
Building Community and Sharing Culture Through Art
Finding a Connection to the Land Through Art
How Rivers West District is Creating Connections and Bridging Gaps
Report Shows Saskatchewan Citizens Spend Less Time on Leisure and Culture
Beading Program Re-Connects Students to Their Culture and Traditions
Curiosity, Engagement and Listening Key to Innovative Program and Leadership
Leonard Montgrand: Leading Youth in Discovering of Métis Culture
How a canoe trip can teach youth about teamwork and leadership.
Sharing Métis Culture as Part of Reconciliation
Creating a New Path Through Music
Bridging Distances Through Technology
LIVE Arts goes national
Examining Canada's Musical Landscape
Past, present & future
Successes of the #WelcomeHome150 -
Creating Welcoming and Inclusive Communities project
Cultural Village Showcases African Canadian Culture and Youth
"Art is a very powerful form of communication. It's the way we understand who they are."
History Returns Home
Chief Poundmaker’s belongings came back to the museum that bears his name
Métis Cultural Immersion
Learning about Métis traditions during Culture Days
Resilience and Respect: Canada 150 and Beyond
Family Camp Brings Together Community and Traditions
Learning traditions of your community
Creating Connections in the North
Workshop tour creates an inspiring experience for both artists and students
Awakening a Spirit of Cross-Cultural Sharing
Bringing Back Tradition
Workshops highlight the importance of the buffalo in First Nations culture
Intercultural Sharing through Storytelling
Story Slam promotes understanding between cultures
Try Something "Old" at Culture Days 2016
Discovering the Town of Allan's heritage
Food Creates Cultural Connection
How a feast helps students share their culture
Top teacher is a life-long learner
Music Program Promotes Healing Through the Arts
Students find a creative outlet through music
Youth Paying it Forward Through Fundraising
Youth spearheading fundraising efforts in support of Creative Kids
RIIS to the Path of Healing
How a film about uncovering the past unexpectedly brings two filmmakers on a surprising personal journey
Art Workshops Connect Youth to Indigenous Traditions
How SYCAP is transforming lives through creativity
Language Key to Culture
Dene Language Immersion Camp teaches the Importance of Language Preservation
Truth & Reconciliation
Reflection and action needed in Saskatchewan's cultural community
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.
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.
Touring Through a Cultural Landscape
Highway 1 Studio Tour brings local artists out into the limelight
Bridging the Gap
Young participants recently had the opportunity to spend a week surviving without many of our modern conveniences.
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.
Maple Creek Moves Forward
How a town in southwest Saskatchewan discovered that the preservation of its past can spur cultural growth today.
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.
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.
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.
Our Humboldt– Looking toward the future through a cultural lens
Humboldt is stepping into the future with a brand new culture-led growth plan.
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.
Competition unites community theatre in Saskatchewan
Every year, several theatre groups compete the top prize at Theatre Saskatchewan’s TheatreOne competition.
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.
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.
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.
#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.
Culture Days Q & A with the St. Walburg Allied Arts Council
St. Walburg, Saskatchewan was a cultural hotspot during Culture Days in 2013.
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.
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.
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.
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.
John Lamodigiere: Aboriginal Myth Buster
John Lagimodiere has been busy myth busting with his Aboriginal Awareness Training sessions.
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.
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.
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.
Media workshop opening doors for newcomers to Saskatoon
Media workshop opening doors for newcomers to Saskatoon
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.