Another contest already?
We are just so excited to get you into some 2018 Saskatchewan Winter Games gear that we decided to put on another contest!
Congratulations Boomer Johnson for being our 500th like and winning our last contest!
Courtesy of Saskatchewan Libraries Association:
In March, 2018, the Saskatchewan Library Association (SLA) will embark on the second One Book, One Province project, following on the heels of the successful adoption of The Education of Augie Merasty: A Residential School Memoir for 2017.
The One Book, One Province project is a province-wide reading initiative that encourages Saskatchewan residents to read, discuss, and engage in programs around our selected title. One Book, One Province brings Saskatchewan residents together to create community around reading and libraries, and prompt discussions on the multicultural history of Saskatchewan.
Out of Old Saskatchewan Kitchens written by Amy Jo Ehman and published by MacIntyre Purcell has been chosen as the 2018 selection. Filled with captivating accounts of homesteading and settlement history, archival photos and stories of many cultures--Métis, German, Ukrainian and Scandinavian--are told as we see the history of Saskatchewan from the dinner table.
Amy Jo Ehman describes traditional ethnic foods and relates these to the incredible diversity of Saskatchewan, and in the process provides us with time-worn recipes for many of these dishes.
-Alan Anderson, author of Settling Saskatchewan
The essence of the project is to encourage Saskatchewan people to read the same book during the month of March, 2018. The overarching theme guiding the book selection is Tolerance and Understanding, and in adopting this single title as our focus, one of our goals is to encourage Saskatchewan readers to explore their culture, ethnicity and heritage through their multicultural roots as it is manifested in the foods we eat.
SLA would like to invite you, as a cultural organization in this province, to participate. Participation could include forming a book club or discussion group, mounting a display, creating responsive artwork, or any project that invites discussion about the book. While SLA cannot provide funding to assist with your project, we will acknowledge your organization on our website using your logo and by promoting your project through our communication channels including social media and a monthly newsletter that reaches over 1500 people and organizations.
For more information about the project, please contact:
What opportunities does Multicultural Council of Saskatchewan provide schools?
MCoS provides one day interactive provincial anti-racism and anti-discrimination youth leadership workshops in a variety of locations across Saskatchewan. Students engage with peers from throughout the province as they participate in activities to explore identity, intercultural relationships, power, privilege, racism and discrimination.
Prior to these workshops, MCoS offers a one day training opportunity to approximately 12-20 facilitators (including high school students, university pre-service education students, Settlement Workers in Schools and others with an interest in the work) to build capacity to facilitate these activities throughout the province.
How does the Ministry of Education support the Arrêt/Stop Racism youth leadership workshops?
In 2016-17, the Ministry of Education supported MCoS to train students and school staff to facilitate activities in their schools. The project includes three webinars:
- an orientation session for teachers to help them to work with the students to identify issues of racism, discrimination and oppression in their schools prior to the workshop;
- a session for teachers and students on project development after the workshop; and,
- an opportunity for students to present their projects, share their successes and reveal their challenges.
How does the anti-racism workshop and the CSCH approach work together?
The CSCH approach focuses on creating opportunities for children and youth to experience healthy, supportive and equitable learning environments where all students feel safe, cared for and respected. The Arrêt/Stop Racism youth leadership workshops create this environment for high school students and empower them with tools, examples, experience and confidence to replicate this at their schools. These workshops also engage elders and other community members to support a whole school approach to anti-racism and anti-discrimination.
In July 2017, the Multicultural Council of Saskatchewan created the Welcoming and Inclusive Communities (WIC) Toolkit. This user-friendly toolkit has embedded an action plan that is workable for all organizations, big and small. It also includes success stories from bigger centres and smaller communities in the province.
Joint Consortium for School Health (JCSH) Positive Mental Health Toolkit
Looking for a way to promote positive mental health in your school? Click here to check out the newly revised JCSH Positive Mental Health Toolkit. The online toolkit contains five modules including: an introduction to positive mental health; school connectedness; resiliency in school environments; school team relationships; and assessing comprehensive school health. It is available in English and French. It is free, online and user-friendly.
Let’s get more kids in Saskatchewan more active, more often.
Saskatchewan in motion has developed, tested & launched a new Community Action Process aimed at bringing community partners together to get kids moving more at home, at school and in the community.
The Community Action Process has been successful in seven communities to date and we are looking for 8 more communities to take part over the next several months.
The Process will assist community leaders to develop, implement and evaluate physical activity action plans specific to their community. When complete, the action plan can supplement grant applications, make a case for actions and track progress.
Saskatchewan in motion will bring a team of experts to the community to work with local residents to create a Community Physical Activity Profile, host a Moving Together Symposium, develop an action plan, and provide links, tools and resources for implementation.
There is no cost, however the full participations of the municipality and lead community organization is an important indicator for success.
Kacie Loshka, BSRS
Community Action Specialist
Saskatchewan in motion | 202-2050 Cornwall Street | Regina SK S4P 2K5