SaskCulture E-Update - March 2021

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SaskCulture E-Update

March 17, 2021


Week of Solidarity with the Peoples Struggling Against
Racism and Racial Discrimination (Mar. 21 - 28)

Zero Discrimination Day (Mar. 1)
International Francophonie Day (Mar. 20)
World Poetry Day (Mar. 21)

International Women's Day (Mar. 8)
International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (Mar. 21)


Share Métis Culture with a MCDF Grant
SaskCulture's Métis Cultural Development Fund (MCDF) is accepting applications for the Spring deadline. The MCDF program supports community-based cultural activities and initiatives that preserve, strengthen and transmit Métis culture and tradition. Deadline for application is April 30, 2021.

Join SaskCulture's Board of Directors
SaskCulture will have four director positions for election at this year's Annual General Meeting (AGM) to be hosted on Friday, June 18, 2021 (more details to follow). Nominations are being accepted for the following positions:
Demonstrated knowledge of cultural industries
Demonstrated knowledge of heritage
Métis ancestry and a demonstrated knowledge of Métis culture
Membership at large

Each position is for a two-year term on the board. Nominations packages and more information about board responsibilities can be found on the SaskCulture websiteNomination deadline is May 1, 2021. Any applications received after this date will be treated as nominations from the floor of the AGM. 

Celebrate Your Cultural Volunteers
SaskCulture wants to highlight cultural volunteers – particularly those who have kept things going over the past year – as part of this year’s Volunteer Week promotion. Volunteers continue to be the backbone of many organizations, especially as we continue to deal with the COVID-19 pandemic. This is the perfect opportunity to recognize those dedicated individuals who continue to help build a culturally vibrant Saskatchewan. All volunteers will be included in a Volunteer Week video promoted during Volunteer Week 2021 and receive a certificate of recognition. To highlight volunteers, please complete the submission form by April 2, 2021.

Workers in Live Arts and Music Sector Gain New Supports
The Support for Workers in Live Arts and Music Sectors Fund is now accepting applications through the Department of Canadian Heritage. Applications will be accepted continuously for projects that are planned between April 1, 2021 and March 31, 2022. Funding will be on a first-come, first-served basis and applications will be accepted until the funds are disbursed. Although there is no set deadline, eligible organizations are encouraged to apply before October 15, 2021 to provide sufficient time for assessment of application.

#MarchOutRacism With These Virtual Events
March marks a month dedicated to identifying, recognizing, and rejecting racism throughout the world. Many events are being held throughout the month to help people better understand what racism is, its impacts, and how we can better act to reject and address it moving forward.

COVID-19 Funding Remains Stable Through June
The Government of Canada will extend the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy (CEWS), Canada Emergency Rent Subsidy (CERS), and Lockdown Support under current rate structures until June 5, 2021.

Still Time to Apply for a Community Grant from the CIF
The Community Initiatives Fund (CIF) Community Grant Program is still accepting applications until April 1, 2021. Eligible organizations are encouraged to submit an application under the three funding themes of: the health growth and development of children and youth, individual and community wellbeing, and nonprofit and community leadership.

Resource Covers COVID-19 Impact on Charitable Sector
Imagine Canada continues to provide resources to highlight the impact COVID-19 has had on Canada's charitable and non-profit sector.

Non-Profit Sector Leaders Join New Federal Women's Task Force
As part of the 2020 September Throne Speech, the Government of Canada announced the creation of an action plan for Women in the Economy to help more women get back into the workforce and provide leadership in response to the pandemic and post-pandemic recovery. Maya Roy, CEO of YWCA, and Jocelyn Formsma, Executive Director of the National Association of Friendship Centres, were among those named to this task force.


A Culture of Exploitation: “Reconciliation” and the Institutions of Canadian Art

On Wednesday, March 3, 2021, SaskCulture hosted an online presentation with Lindsay Nixon, a Cree-Métis-Saulteaux academic, researcher, curator and author originally from Saskatchewan; the recording of this event appears below.

Nixon shared the findings from their special report A Culture of Exploitation: "Reconciliation" and the Institutions of Canadian Art. The report drew upon the history of the relationship between Indigenous people in the arts, as well as the results from anonymous interviews conducted with Indigenous cultural workers from across Canada during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Click Here to Read the Full Article



Intercultural Competence and Communication
When: Thursday, March 18, 2021 - 11:00am - 12:00pm CST
Where: Online
Who: Kristin Enns-Kavanagh
Free for SPRA members, registration is required. Click here to register.

Everything You Wanted to Know About Diversity Committees
When: Friday, March 19, 2021 - 9:00am - 11:40am EST
Where: Online
Who: Diversity at Work
$175, plus taxes, per registration. Click here to register.

Intersectional Allyship for Racial Justice: A Workshop for White Allies
Session 1 - Tuesday, March 23, 2021 - 1:00pm - 4:00pm EST
Session 2 - Wednesday, March 24, 2021 - 1:00pm - 4:00pm EST
Where: Online
Who: Whitney Parnell
$150 fee, registration is required. Click here to register.

Creative Community Recovery
When: Wednesday, March 31, 2021 - 2:00pm EST
Where: Online
Who: Deb Borsos and Carol Palladino, Culture Days
Free to attend, but registration is required. Click here to register.

Intersectional Allyship for Racial Justice: A Workshop for White Allies
Session 1 - Tuesday, April 6, 2021 - 1:00pm - 4:00pm EST
Session 2 - Wednesday, April 7, 2021 - 1:00pm - 4:00pm EST
Where: Online
Who: Whitney Parnell
$150 fee, registration is required. Click here to register.


SaskCulture Grants

Multicultural Initiatives Fund - Project
Spring Deadline March 31, 2021

Aboriginal Arts and Cultural Leadership Grant
Deadline April 15, 2021

Métis Cultural Development Fund
Deadline April 30, 2021

Other Grants

Community Grant Program
Deadline April 1, 2021

Support for Workers in Live Arts and Music Sectors Fund
Deadline October 15, 2021

2021 Get COVID-Creative Fund
Deadline Two Weeks Prior to Proposed Project

Canada Cultural Spaces Fund
Deadline On-Going

Deadline On-Going; 26 week service standard



March 19, 2021 | Communications Chair

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