Courageous Conversations: What kind of Saskatchewan do we want now and in the future?

The Concentus Foundation, in partnership with the Saskatchewan Human Rights Commission and the Saskatchewan Educational Leadership Unit, is hosting a forum where decision makers, community partners and interested stakeholders can come together to talk about the role of rights, the need for respect, and citizenship responsibilities in shaping the future of Saskatchewan.

What responsibility do you, others, and your organization play in building a stronger, inclusive Saskatchewan? The Concentus Foundation, in partnership with the Saskatchewan Human Rights Commission and the Saskatchewan Educational Leadership Unit, is hosting a forum where decision makers, community partners and interested stakeholders can come together to talk about the role of rights, the need for respect, and citizenship responsibilities in shaping the future of Saskatchewan.

What responsibility do you, others, and your organization play in building a stronger, inclusive Saskatchewan?

Goals

  • Participants will listen to students talk about the citizenship issues that matter to them.
  • Participants will engage in cross-sector, solution-based discussions that work towards building a solid foundation for mutual respect in the province.
  • Citizenship Education pedagogy and resources (K-12) will be explored.
  • Constructive action and next steps solutions will be shaped.

Quick Details

Participants Will

  • Listen to acclaimed educator, Dr. Joel Westheimer, and receive a copy of his book “What Kind of Citizen?  Educating Our Children for the Common Good.”
  • Interact with provincial and local decision makers.
  • Learn from Saskatchewan students about their hopes and challenges.
  • Explore Concentus Citizenship Education pedagogy and resources to understand how Saskatchewan youth learn about citizenship.
  • Talk with stakeholders to learn how citizenship challenges and opportunities impact their work.

What are the Questions?

  • What kind of Saskatchewan do we want now and in the future?
  • How do we create that future for the next generation of citizens?
  • What do we need to do differently?
  • What citizenship opportunities exist?
  • What can you, as an agent of change and citizen of Saskatchewan, commit to doing?

What are the Issues?

“As Canadians, and as global citizens, we need to act on the responsibilities that come with our citizenship. We need to learn about the issues that matter, and we need to start the courageous conversations that will have an impact in our schools, workplaces, and in our communities. This is everyone’s challenge.”

David M. Arnot, Chief Commissioner, Saskatchewan Human Rights Commission

Courageous Conversations: Agenda

8:00 a.m.     Registration/Coffee

8:30 a.m.     Opening

  • SHRC Call to Action: David Arnot, Chief Commissioner, SHRC

9:00 a.m.    Courageous Conversations Part One:

  • Listening to Students
  • Response from Stakeholders

10:15 a.m.    Courageous Conversations Part Two:

  • Provincial Perspectives with moderator Angelina Irinici, and panelists including:
    • Chief Bobby Cameron, Federation of Sovereign Indigenous Nations
    • Chief Darcy Bear, Whitecap Dakota First Nation
    • Rob Currie, Ministry of Education
    • Doug Cuthand, Journalist
    • Heather Fenyes, Think Good, Do Good.
    • Corey O’Soup, Advocate for Children and Youth
    • Dr. Fern Stockdale Winder, Clinical Psychologist
    • Chief Clive Weighill, Saskatoon Police Service

12:00 p.m.    Lunch
1:00 p.m.    National Perspectives: Dr. Joel Westheimer
2:30 p.m.    Citizenship Education Pedagogy and Resources Components: What’s there and why?
3:00 p.m.    Courageous Conversations Part Three:

  • Conversations Summary: David Arnot and Dr. Joel Westheimer
  • Next Steps

4:00 p.m.    Safe Travels