Engage Volume 5, Issue 1, Fall 2014

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ENGAGE, published by SaskCulture Inc. is designed to highlight the work of cultural leaders, volunteers and the diversity of activities supported by the Culture Section of Saskatchewan Lotteries Trust Fund for Sport, Culture and Recreation.


  • Whats Inside:Heritage Fairs Inspire Youth

    Newcomers Dig Up Saskatchewans Past

    Ecomuseums Bring Together Communities

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    Check out Engage Online www.saskculture.ca/engage

  • EngagePublished by saskCulture Inc.,

    is designed to

    highlightthe work ofcultural leaders,volunteers and the

    diversityof activitiessupported by the

    Culture section ofsaskatchewan lotteriesTrust Fund for sport,Culture and Recreation.

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    General managers message . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3

    Digging in the Dirt with sAs. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4

    In Her own Words: Joyce Vandall . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6

    And We are Witness: Canadas Internment operations . . . . . . . 7

    maple Creek moves Forward . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10

    Culture Days Animateurs explore saskatchewan stories . . . . . 13

    museums Without Walls . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14

    Jo Custead enjoys making a Difference . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15

    Traditional Parenting Workshop Revives Culture at Island lake

    First Nation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16

    New Digital magazine Provides link to Northern Talent . . . . . 18

    Bridging the Gap at Youth & elders Camp . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19

    Raising the Bar with Prairie sky school . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20

    Heritage moments. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 22

    Print copies of this publication are circulated for free to saskCulture members, partners and through communityoutreach activities as determined by saskCulture Inc. Engage is also available in PDF version on the saskCulture web siteat www.saskculture.ca. Engage is published thanks to financial support from saskatchewan lotteries Trust Fund forsport, Culture and Recreation. The publication does not currently accept paid advertising. Article ideas for futurepublications can be submitted to saskculture.info@saskculture.ca or by calling (306) 780-9284.

    Published November 2014. Articles may be reprinted with permission.

    On the cOver: Participants successfully finishedraising tipis at First nations University of canadaduring the culture Days weekend in regina. Photocourtesy of Shawn Fulton.

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    Diane ell, editordell@saskculture.ca

    shaunna Grandish, Publishing Coordinatorsgrandish@saskculture.ca

    404, 2125 11th Avenue, Regina sK s4P 3X3Tel: (306) 780.9284www.saskculture.ca

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    J. lauder Publishing & Designjoanne.lauder@sasktel.net

    Contributing Writers:

    Felechia Brodie, michelle Brownridge, sarahFerguson, shaunna Grandish, Danica lorer, sandramassey, Jan morier, Paul spasoff



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    General managers message

    Diversity of cultures part of our shared heritage

    Heritage is more than what wepreserve from the past, it is theideas and perceptions of whathas been preserved, and how we use thisunderstanding to make sense of it in ourworld today and into the future.

    saskatchewans past has always beenalive with diversity, but it hasnt beenuntil more recently in our history, thatwe have begun to explore and paytribute to the impact of cultural diversityand multiculturalism throughout ourgrowth as a province.

    This year, the province celebrates the40th Anniversary of the multiculturalismAct of saskatchewan. As the firstprovince to enact such legislation inCanada, saskatchewan made acommitment to recognizing the right ofevery community to retain its identity,language and traditional arts andsciences. And in doing so, alsocommitted to the growth of its richlydiverse heritage.

    With the provinces changingdemographics influenced by a growingFirst Nations population, and increasedimmigrants settling in saskatchewan we must ensure we are including theirstories as part of our shared heritage.stories of new cultures becoming part ofour multicultural society, stories ofnewcomer integration, stories of pasttraditions shared and relearned today byour First Nations and mtis communities all become part of saskatchewansvibrant cultural diversity.

    We explore our heritage in many ways:by visiting museums, art galleries and

    heritage sites, listening to stories,sharing traditions and getting a sense ofsaskatchewan stories. In this issue ofengage, you can read about how manyactivities, thanks to support fromsaskatchewan lotteries Trust Fund forsport, Culture and Recreation, helpparticipants and audiences betterunderstand the diversity of our sharedheritage. From current programming foryouth by elders in Buffalo Narrows, topreserving mtis culture in maple Creek,to youth learning about the past throughthe Youth Heritage Fair experience, tothe reminders of war-time internmentcamps, and the volunteers who help


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    ensure our commitment to amulticultural future, there are manystories to share.

    our heritage is shaped by all of thecultures who are part of thesaskatchewan experience. We may havestruggled to tell all the stories along theway, but we can work together to build aculturally vibrant and inclusive storyinto the future.


    Rose Gilks

    Heritage represents our past, who we are todayand helps pave the way towards our future.

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    Digging in the DirtThe Saskatchewan archaeological Society engages

    newcomer youth in uncovering the past.

    B Y S a r a H F E r G U S O N

    According to Tomasin Playford, executivedirector, sAs, this year was the first timethey invited new Canadians out to thesite. Playford adds, "[Provincial]demographics are changing, and peoplefrom other parts of the world are comingto saskatchewan. The excavations,which ran from July 2 -18, 2014, gave 25Canadian newcomer youth fromsaskatoons open Door society anopportunity to learn about the history ofsaskatchewan. sAs first invited the publicto take part in the areas excavations in2007.

    By giving them a hands-on approach to

    learning history, the excavations gavethe new Canadians something that theywouldnt normally experience: a valuableopportunity to engage with thesaskatchewan landscape. If english is asecond language for you, theresterminology that is hard to understand,whereas when youre digging in the dirt,its tactile, Playford explains.

    Playford claims there was an addeddimension to the experience. When thefirst new Canadians came to Canada, theFirst Nations people showed them howto adapt to the environment, she says.New Canadians today are learning how

    an old archaeological mottoreads, Its not what you find,its what you find out.

    This past July, the saskatchewanArchaeological society (sAs)proved that motto to be truewhen it gave a group of new Canadianyouth the opportunity to find out moreabout saskatchewans past, throughtheir participation in the site excavationsof the famous fur trade post southBranch House.

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    to live in Canada from people like us, so theres a parallel. excavations, for south BranchHouse, have ended for the summer; however, there is a possibility of public excavationstaking place in the future at a 7,000-year-old location known as the Farr site, located nearogema.

    Candice Koblun, project supervisor, south Branch House project in 2014, was inspired by thegroups response to the dig. They found charcoal, burnt wood and chinking (a clay-strawmixture placed in between logs to keep out the elements). some found flakes of stonefrom stone tool-making, and a few found animal bone fragments, Koblun says. every findbrought big smiles and excitement!

    Koblum goes on to add, Being able to teach youth about the fur trade and archaeology ina hands-on way helps to keep Canadian heritage alive.

    this project was made possible by a Saskculture Multicultural Initiatives Fund grant.

    Photos courtesy of the Saskatchewan Archaeological Society.

    More aboutSouth Branch Houselocated one hour north of saskatoonon the south saskatchewan River, andfirst identified as a Hudson BayCompany fur trade post in 1929 byCanadian historian Arthur silvermorton, south Branch House has anintriguing past, and because of this itcan easily capture ones imagination.

    south Branch House is believed tohave been occupied from 1786-1794,when it was attacked by 100-150 GrosVentres Indians. six people werekilled. According to Tomasin Playford,"There was one survivor. The wallsburned down, and he crawled into acanoe and was saved. The post wasnever reoccupied."

    Newcomer youth discoversaskatchewans past by taking part inan excavation at south Branch House.

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    In Her own Words: Joyce Vandalllessons learned

    Joyce Vandall has been a passionatecommunity volunteer for over 30years. she has been a tirelessadvocate for immigrant and refugeeyouth, literacy, multicultural awareness,and english as a second language (esl)programs. she has received numerousawards for her dedication, hard workand devotion to her causes. Joyce hasreceived recognition from the Reginaopen Door society for her communityservice to refugees and immigrants;from saskatchewan Council foreducators of Non-english speaker

    (sCeNes) for her volunteer work withesl; from the multicultural Council ofsaskatchewan (mCos) for her dedicationto multiculturalism; from the ArbosAwards for esl teaching in the province;and she has even received thesaskatchewan Centennial medal for hercontribution to esl teaching.

    This past september, Joyce chatted withshaunna Grandish at saskCulture, overthe phone from Victoria B.C., andoffered up some lessons onvolunteering.Joyce Vandall Photos courtesy from the Multicultural

    council of Saskatchewan

    I N T E r V I E W B Y S H a U N N a G r a N D I S H

    lessoN 1: Volunteering can open a whole new world.

    Through her work with esl programs, Joyce Vandall experiencedteaching and working with youth from all over the globe, and itwas through her kids she was able to learn about how culturalrich and diverse the world truly is.

    We are more alike than we are different, and we should alsocelebrate the differences because they are so rich, she explains.It is the world experience. The world is getting smaller. If youdont celebrate culture, you lose the richness of the world. Itsabout getting to know how other people think and theirworldview because thats where the richness lies; its lost unlesswe embrace multiculturalism and culture. Its one of the finerthings in life, but it can so easily get lost in all of the other stuff.We can help our students become more aware that its culturethat builds the community not necessarily the dollars.

    lessoN 2: Volunteering can provide personal growth.

    Joyce has been involvedwith various non-profitorganizations, and eachhas left an impact. somepersonal highlights for herincluded learninggovernance and workingwith people from a variety

    of backgrounds around the province. According to her, whenone is interested in becoming a volunteer, one can beginsmall.

    Its in the giving that you do receive, and thats part of theblessing Ive received from teaching, she says. What Iwould tell someone who is interested in volunteering is this:Get outside of yourself, have a life and get to knowsomething different.

    lessoN 3: Get youth involved.

    Joyce has seen the positive impact volunteering has had on the youth she has worked with over the years. she believes organizationsshould try harder to get youth involved and have their voices heard at the table. lets focus on our youth, and take them as they come as the wild and wonderful people they are. They have a lot to offer, lots of energy and good ideas, and they are looking for a place tobelong let it be volunteerism. The world is changing and what they bring is very interesting. We should embrace them because theyare our future. If you love them, they will love you back. If you put your nose up at them, theyll put up theirs as well. enjoy the moment.enjoy the kids. enjoy the experience.

    let's focus on our youth, and take them asthe wild and wonderful people they are.

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    and We are Witness: Canadas Internment operationsHow Ukrainian and Japanese Canadians became prisoners of war intheir own country during the World Wars.

    B Y F E l E C H I a B r O D I E

    over 8,000 enemy aliens werearrested and held as prisoners of war in24 internment camps across Canada.

    The internees were put to work ongovernment projects in harsh andsometimes dangerous circumstances.over 100 people died; some were shot asthey tried to escape. They worked forlittle money. As an example, theprisoners who built roads, cleared treesand improved Banff National Park werepaid 12.5 cents per day. Free workerswere paid $2 per day. some of the campsoperated until 1920, two years after thewar had ended.

    In 1917, the War Time elections Actdenied 120,000 ukrainians, unnaturalizedand naturalized, the right to vote in thefederal election held that year.

    In the mid-1950s the federal governmentdestroyed all official documents relatingto the operations - one of the reasonswhy so few Canadians know this chapterof our countrys history.

    How did Ukrainians fit intothe landscape of WWI?

    During the nineteenth century, thearea of Europe inhabited byUkrainians was divided betweenthe austro-Hungarian and russianempires. austria-Hungary b...