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Holocaust (Shoah) Knowledge Exchange Day

On October 31, 2016, the Concentus Citizenship Education Foundation, in partnership with Saskatchewan Human Rights Commission and the Saskatchewan Education Leadership Unit (SELU), is offering a one-day knowledge exchange for teachers.  At this event, teachers will experience the most effective strategies to meet specific outcomes by teaching events of the Holocaust (Shoah) and by having students understand the impact of the Holocaust on the world. Read more

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Moose Jaw Students and Teachers Create Citizenship Video

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Students and teachers from Riverview Collegiate Institute, Central Collegiate, and Empire School in Moose Jaw, prepared a catchy video promoting the benefits of citizenship and the value of citizenship education. Recorded in and around the three schools, and with the support of Safeway and the Moose Jaw City Police, this video is a great example of participatory and engaged citizenship.

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Recognizing Citizenship Education Teacher Leaders

On March 21, and as part of the Twenty-First National Congress on Rural Education in Canada, the Saskatchewan Human Rights Commission recognized eight of the teachers who made significant contributions to the citizenship education materials. Read more

Living in Harmony Awards 2016

Living in Harmony Award Recipients Demonstrate Good Citizenship

Living in Harmony Awards 2016

On March 21, 2016, the City of Saskatoon recognized students, individuals, and organizations that help make the city a welcoming and inclusive community for all people. Timed to coincide with the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination, the City of Saskatoon’s Cultural Diversity and Race Relations gave awards for art and literary works that promote multiculturalism and harmony. Read more

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“Only Laundry Should Be Separated by Colour”

The Multicultural Council of Saskatchewan (MCoS) is once again encouraging schools, workplaces and organizations to organize a flash mob activity to denounce racism. As part of their “Only Laundry Should Be Separated by Colour” campaign, MCoS is making activity kits that include rope, clothespins, and stickers. (Note: kit is no longer available, but the resources are available here.) Read more

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Refugees, Citizenship and Human Rights

Over the coming months, thousands of Syrian refugees will come to Canada in search of freedom. That freedom, as the United Nations theme for Human Rights Day 2015 observes, is the freedom of speech, freedom of worship, freedom from want, and freedom from fear.

Like all other refugees, they will adapt to a new climate, new communities, and a new culture. Like the refugees that have come before them, they will become part of a multicultural Canada. Read more

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High School Students Challenged to Make the World A Better Place

Nate Leipciger understands the power of hope.

During the Second World War, Mr. Leipciger’s family was imprisoned at the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration and extermination camp. At that time, and as a boy entering his teen years, holding on to the belief that he would be reunited with his family motivated him to stay alive.  While both he and his father survived, his mother and sister were murdered by the Nazi regime. Read more

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National Forum Encourages Universities to Answer the TRC’s Calls to Action

On November 18 and 19, the University of Saskatchewan hosted a two-day national forum asking post-secondary institution leaders to respond to the  the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s calls to action.

Justice Murray Sinclair commended the attendees for their participation and encouraged them to make meaningful connections between their academic mission, their social responsibilities, and the calls to action. Read more

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SHRC Chief Commissioner Updates LEADS on Citizenship Education Project

On Friday, October 16, the Chief Commissioner of the Saskatchewan Human Rights Commission, David Arnot, gave a presentation to the League of Educational Administrators, Directors, and Superintendents of Saskatchewan (LEADS) at their annual fall meeting. At that event, Arnot informed the attendees that, Read more