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Heritage Week

Heritage Week has been proclaimed as February 18th to 23rd, 2018 in Saskatoon. 

Download Heritage Saskatchewan's schedule of events poster

Heritage Saskatchewan will be hosting the following events:

  • Introduction to Intangible Cultural Heritage (ICH) - Kristin Catherwood, February 21st, 1:00pm 
  • Film: "Reserve 107, Reconciliation on the Prairies" - In partnership with the Yorkton Film Festival, February 21st, 7:30pm 
  • KAIROS Blanket Exercise and Wanuskewin Information Session - February 23rd, 9:00am
  • "Thundering Ahead", Wanuskewin Heritage Park and its plans for World Heritage designation - February 23rd, 12:00pm
  • AGM - February 23rd, 1:30pm

Registration for these events is now closed. Please call us on 306-780-9191 with any queries.

Heritage Week - full schedule of events

Wednesday, February 21:  1:00pm-4:30pm – Introduction to Intangible Cultural Heritage (ICH) led by Kristin Catherwood.  Registration for this session is now closed. 
Proposed audience: Community volunteers, committee/board members, anyone with an interest in culture, history, and/or community building, heritage workers/professionals and students.
Workshop description: What stories does your community have to tell? Who are the tradition bearers in your region? What is it about your community that makes it different from any other? What traditions, customs and folkways are under threat in your community? How can communities become more cohesive through exploration of the meaning of place?  In this workshop, participants will discuss these questions and learn about the concept of Intangible Cultural Heritage (ICH) as outlined in the UNESCO Convention of the same name. Join folklorist and Heritage Saskatchewan Intangible Cultural Heritage Development Officer, Kristin Catherwood, who will lead participants through group exercises and activities to “discover local folklore.” From there, participants will learn how ICH can be used as a platform for building community, whether through culture and heritage, oral history, vernacular architecture and material culture, “foodlore,” the arts, festivals and events, museums and historic sites, cultural tourism, or regional folkways.
At the end of the workshop: participants will understand what intangible cultural heritage is, and how it weaves itself into our daily lives, both as individuals and as communities. They will also understand how ICH concepts can be used for practical, community development, as well as how to search out local folklore use it to enrich existing community heritage interpretation.   

Wednesday, February 21The Yorkton Film Festival, in partnership with Heritage Saskatchewan, will hold a film event at  7:30pm at the Grace-Westminster United Church, 505 10th St East, Saskatoon. The film “Reserve 107, Reconciliation on the Prairies” will be followed by a discussion and reception. Free and open to the public.

Thursday, February 22:  The Government of Saskatchewan's Heritage Conservation Branch and the Saskatchewan Economic Development Association (SEDA) are hosting a municipal heritage forum in Saskatoon at the Western Development Museum. The forum will feature case studies that show how four Saskatchewan communities created citizen driven, heritage and culture based visions for economic and community development, and what they are doing to turn their visions into reality. For details and to register. Registration deadline is February 16.

Thursday February 22:  The Saskatchewan Heritage Foundation will hold its Annual Reception, at the St. John’s Cathedral, 816 Spadina Crescent East, Saskatoon, starting at 7:00pm. Free and open to the public.

Friday, February 23:  Heritage Saskatchewan's Morning Session, 9am-12 noon. Registration for this session is now closed. 
Plan to attend our morning information session where delegates will participate in the KAIROS Blanket Exercise* (a teaching tool to share the historic and contemporary relationship between Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples in Canada). This will be followed by an information session about Wanuskewin Heritage Park, where you will find out what it means for Wanuskewin to be added to Canada’s World Heritage shortlist and why it matters. 
*Trigger Warning: The KAIROS Blanket Exercise walks through difficult experiences, such as Indian Residential Schools, the Sixties Scoop, violence against Indigenous women and girls, and other policies that have adversely affected Indigenous peoples. Cultural and health support will be provided during and after the exercise.
Luncheon Program, 12 noon-1:30pm, Park Town, Saskatoon.  Heritage Saskatchewan's luncheon presentation will feature Wanuskewin Heritage Park. This National Historic Site on the edge of Saskatoon has been gaining prominence lately for its work on an application for World Heritage designation. Behind the scenes, a dynamic and engaged team of community leaders and volunteers have been raising money, elevating the profile and engaging in a multi-faceted renewal project called Thundering Ahead. Join Zeba Ahmad, Thundering Ahead Volunteer and Tara Janzen, Wanuskewin Development Manager to learn about the importance of community partnerships, volunteer engagement and government relations in heritage conservation.

Friday, February 23:  Heritage Saskatchewan’s Annual General Meeting will take place Friday afternoon, immediately following the Luncheon, at 1:30pm, at the Park Town in Saskatoon.

Please contact Heritage Saskatchewan for further information on Heritage Week activities.

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