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The Listen Project now open

The Government of Saskatchewan’s program for survivors of sexual violence, The Listen Project, is now open to the public.

The program provides legal advice to survivors of sexual violence, and is hosted by Public Legal Education Association of Saskatchewan (PLEA).

“We acknowledge that Saskatchewan has unfortunately high rates of sexual victimization and recognize sexual violence survivors often need help in responding to and overcoming such violence,” Justice Minister and Attorney General Don Morgan said. “The government stands with these survivors, and this program is a testament to our ongoing commitment to address the problem of sexual violence in Saskatchewan.”

Survivors of sexual violence can contact the program online at https://listen.plea.org/ or by phone toll-free at 1-855-258-9415. Under the program, clients can receive a referral for up to two hours of free legal information and advice. Where needed, an additional two hours of free legal assistance may be approved.

“The Listen Project is designed to help survivors overcome some of the barriers in accessing the justice system by helping them understand their legal rights and options,” PLEA Executive Director Joel Janow said. “PLEA is very excited to be part of this important project and looks forward to helping survivors of sexual violence find their voice.”

Funding for the program was provided by the Department of Justice Canada through the Federal Justice Victims Fund. As a pilot project, the program has been provided with enough funding to run until March 2021.

“Sexual assault can have devastating and traumatic impacts on victims and survivors, yet is one of the most underreported crimes in Canada,” Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada Jody Wilson-Raybould said. “Our government is committed to breaking down the barriers that may discourage reporting, and to ensuring that we have the tools in place to support those who do come forward. I am very pleased that the Government of Canada is able to help fund this important initiative.”

The Listen Project handles cases that involve sexual assault, sexual harassment in the workplace and historical sexual abuse. The program is free, and has no age restrictions or limitations on how much time has passed since an incident of sexual violence occurred. The only limitation is that the sexual violence must have occurred in Saskatchewan. Incidents of sexual violence do not need to be reported to the police for clients to be eligible for the program.

NatureCity Festival 2018

Event Name: NatureCity Festival
Date: May 22 – 27 2018
Cost: Free
Website: wildaboutsaskatoon.org
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/wildaboutyxe/
Description: All Ages

NatureCity Festival is a week-long festival featuring 50+ events to help you discover, explore and experience nature in Saskatoon! We invite urban residents, students, families, urban planners, artists, educators, community leaders, businesses and organizations to explore the vital role of nature in our prairie city and life.

Our city is a living network of rivers and streets, trees and office towers, prairies and yards. We are a city of contrasts unified by the natural networks that hold our ecosystem together. NatureCity Festival 2018 uses the Cree concept Âniskopicikêwin (pronounced ahnsko-pich’-kewin) to describe these vital connections.

NatureCity Festival is your opportunity to explore the vitality of urban nature in our city through experiential events, workshops, dynamic speakers, guided tours, citizen science projects, music, art, performance and more!

We want to show off the wild side of the Saskatoon: the magnificent river valley, parks, conservation areas, gardens and urban forests, together with the fascinating creatures and native plants that surround us. Celebrate the assets and diversity of nature in Saskatoon and deepen your understanding, appreciation and access to urban nature through experience, exploration and education.

We respectfully acknowledge that NatureCity Festival is situated on Treaty 6 territory and traditional lands of First Nations and Métis people.

Join us on the trails, the rivers, the sidewalks, and the flyways to celebrate Saskatoon’s wild side.


Event Name: Nature Needs Half | NatureCity Festival Presents Harvey Locke
Date: Friday May 25 2018
Time: 7pm
Cost: Free
Venue: Aden Bowman Castle Theatre Saskatoon
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/202996890459245/
Description: All Ages

Wild about Saskatoon is delighted to announce that Dr. Harvey Locke will be the keynote speaker at this year’s NatureCity Festival, May 22-27, 2018.

Harvey Locke is one of Canada’s and the world’s most respected voices for the protection of wildness. And he is coming to Saskatoon, as chair of the Nature Needs Half movement, to deliver an urgent message.

The Nature Needs Half movement begins with the recognition that nature needs sufficient space to function properly for the benefit of all life on our planet. In most ecosystems, science demonstrates that at least half of the region must be protected to ensure the Earth’s resilience in the face of environmental change. We only have to look around us or listen to the news to know that conservation efforts to date have not been sufficient to sustain life on Earth.

What does the knowledge mean for those of us who live along the banks of the South Saskatchewan River? How do we transform the bold vision of Nature Needs Half into an achievable strategy?

Harvey Locke will be addressing these questions at a public event at the Castle Theatre in Aden Bowman Collegiate from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. on the evening of May 25. We hope that you will be able to join us.

About Harvey:
Harvey is a conservationist, writer, and photographer, and worked closely with First Light Films on Wild Ways. He is a recognized global leader in the field of parks, wilderness and large landscape conservation. He is a founder of the Yellowstone to Yukon Conservation Initiative and of the Nature Needs Half Movement. His work has been featured in films and television programs in many countries and his photography has been used in numerous publications. His popular writing has been published in English, French and Spanish, he has co-curated art shows about Nature in major North American museums, and he has written many peer reviewed articles. Named one of Canada’s leaders for the 21st century by Time Magazine, he has received many awards for his work including IUCN’s Fred M. Packard International Parks Merit Award for outstanding service to the worlds protected areas. He lives in Banff National Park, Canada.

https://natureneedshalf.org/

Letters of Love

You are invited to The Refinery, 609 Dufferin Avenue, on Sunday, April 15th, between 12:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

The Refinery will join Author, and writer-in residence at St. Paul’s Hospital, Kristine Scarrow, to host a drop-in community event to support Letters of Love.

Letters of Love is an initiative that aims to offer comfort and words of support and encouragement, to patients and their families during challenging times, through heartfelt letters or cards written by members of the community. As Writer-in-Residence at St. Paul’s Hospital, Kristine knows the power of this initiative and sees it as a way to strengthen the bond between community and the patients at St. Paul’s, through words. An impactful initiative that we hope you will be a part of.

Please drop-in to write or draw a message with us. This is a free community event, all materials will be provided and all ages are welcome! Coffee, tea, and juice will be served.

Colonization Road: Free film

Free film Wednesday March 21 at the Broadway Theatre
Saskatchewan Intercultural Association presents the 6th annual Reel to Real Anti-Racism Film Festival, featuring “Colonization Road” followed by a panel of speakers.

Synopsis: In towns throughout Ontario, there are startling reminders of the colonization of Indigenous territories and the displacement of First Nations people. Anishinaabe comedian and activist Ryan McMahon takes us to his hometown of Fort Frances and down its main drag, which is called Colonization Road. Similar streets have similar names in towns and cities across the province, direct reminders of the Public Lands Act of 1853 and its severe impact on First Nations, their treaties and their land in the name of “Canadian settlement.” On his journey through Ontario, McMahon explores the history of these roads, meets with settlers in solidarity and raises significant questions about “reconciliation” and what it means to “decolonize.”

*Free popcorn for everyone in attendance!
6:00pm Doors open
6:45pm Welcome and Introduction
7:00pm Film begins
8:00pm Performance by Curtis Peeteetuce, Followed by Panel Discussion
9:00pm Conclusion

School Break Camp

City of Saskatoon Offering School Break Camps April 3 – 5, 2018

The City has teamed with EB Sports Academy, Jade Roberts and the University of Saskatchewan 7’s Rugby team to offer active and accessible camps for youth aged 10-14 during the spring school break.

The camps are free and youth can register for multiple sessions:

• Session 1: Tuesday April 3rd 9:00am – 12:00pm – Rugby
• Session 2: Tuesday April 3rd 1:00pm – 4:00pm – Rugby
• Session 3: Wednesday April 4th 9:00am – 12:00pm – Basketball
• Session 4: Wednesday April 4th 1:00pm – 4:00pm – Basketball
• Session 5: Thursday April 5th 9:00am – 12:00pm – Double Ball
• Session 6: Thursday April 5th 1:00pm – 4:00pm – Floor Hockey

All activities will take place at the Cosmo Civic Centre, 3130 Laurier Drive.
For more information or to register please call 306-975-3378. Registration closes March 26, 2018.

City of Saskatoon Come & Grow

City-wide Community Open House
March 7, 4:30 – 8:30 PM

Western Development Museum

A come and go event with something for everyone, including the kids.

Let’s get the conversation started on:
– transforming our transit system
– redevelopment around our major roads
– improvements in neighbourhood design

Everyone is welcome!


If you can’t make it to the event, check out all engagement opportunities at saskatoon.ca/engage and use #GrowYXE on social media to share your thoughts about our plans for growth (Bus Rapid Transit, Corridor Planning, Transit Villages, etc.)

U of S Book Club: Thomas King

2018 Arts & Science Book Club selection:
The Inconvenient Indian: A Curious Account of Native People in North America by Thomas King

The College of Arts & Science will welcome award-winning author Thomas King at two free public events on Jan. 29, 2018. Alumni, students and the wider college community are invited to read The Inconvenient Indian in anticipation of the author’s visit to campus.

Monday, Jan. 29
Reading and Discussion with Thomas King
2:00–3:30 pm
Gordon Oakes Red Bear Student Centre, 5 Campus Dr.

My Writing Life: An Interview with Thomas King
Join journalist Betty Ann Adam for a conversation with Thomas King about his life and work.
7:00–8:30 pm
Convocation Hall, Peter MacKinnon Building, 107 Administration Pl.


About Thomas King:
Thomas King is an award-winning writer whose fiction includes Green Grass, Running Water; Truth and Bright Water and The Back of the Turtle, which won the Governor General’s Literary Award. His non-fiction book The Truth About Stories won the Trillium Book Award, while The Inconvenient Indian won the B.C. National Award for Canadian Non-Fiction and the RBC Taylor Prize. A member of the Order of Canada and the recipient of an award from the National Aboriginal Achievement Foundation, Thomas King has taught at the University of Lethbridge and was chair of American Indian studies at the University of Minnesota before moving to the University of Guelph, where he taught until he retired. He lives in Guelph with his partner, Helen Hoy.

Me Ta We Tan

Recreation and Community Development has developed a wonderful program for teens in the City. Please join us at one of the following locations for the Teen Drop in Centre.

Location Name: Caswell Hill School Gym
Program Time: 2017 – 18:30 to 20:30
Days of the Week: Wednesdays
Age Category: Youth
Program Fee: FREE
Program Date: Wednesday, September 20, 2017 to Wednesday, December 6, 2017
Age Grouping: YOUTH
Community Association: Caswell Hill

DID YOU KNOW ME TA WE TAN means “Let’s Play” in Cree?

Each Centre has two leaders trained and certified in HIGH FIVE and can deliver moderate to vigorous activities based on skill development to meet the needs of the participants. HIGH FIVE is a certification based on the Principles of Healthy Child Development and is offered through Saskatchewan Parks and Recreation Association.

For more information on City of Saskatoon MeTaWeTan, please visit www.saskatoon.ca

Silflay String Quartet

A Celebration of Music and Community!

Join us for an afternoon of music featuring Canada’s National Arts Centre Orchestra’s Silflay String Quartet performing musical gems by Jewish composers Achron and Korngold.

Sunday October, 22, 2017
2:00 pm
Congregation Agudas Israel (715 McKinnon Ave S)
FREE Admission

Donations accepted for the Congregation Agudas Israel Legacy Project Capital Campaign and St. John’s Cathedral Organ Restoration Fund.

Word on the Street 2017

September 24, 2017
Location: Broadway Avenue
Time: 10:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m

The Word On The Street is moving to Broadway! Saskatoon’s annual celebration of Canadian authors and publishers is now in its seventh year, and after six successful festivals in downtown Saskatoon, will take place this year in the Broadway Business District area on Sunday, September 24.

Opening Ceremonies for this family friendly event kicks off at 10:30 a.m. on Sunday, September 24 with author presentations, exhibitors and other activities continuing between 11:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m.

https://thewordonthestreet.ca/saskatoon/

Take Back the Night

September 21, 2017
Location: YWCA
Address: 510 25th St E
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Admission: Free

Take Back The Night is an annual rally and March that will be held this year at 7:00pm on Thursday, September 21st. The rally will begin at the YWCA on 25th street at 7:00pm. We will have a guest speaker that will raise awareness about gender-based violence issues followed by a March up 25th street and the College Drive Bridge.

All are welcome to help raise awareness of gender-based violence and to help create safe communities and respectful relationships. We are seeking to end sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, sexual abuse and all other forms of sexual violence.

*There will be an off duty city bus that can help transport anyone with mobility issues that would like to take part in the event. There will be refreshments and entertainment to follow the march.

An evening with Sheldon Kennedy

Saskatchewan Prevention Institute presents
An evening with Sheldon Kennedy

With a screening of the documentary “SWIFT CURRENT”
Thursday, October 5, 2017
TCU Place, Saskatoon, SK
7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. (Doors Open at 6:00 p.m.)

“Why I Didn’t Say Anything: The Sheldon Kennedy Story” will be available for purchase. Book signing to be held.

FREE ADMISSION and OPEN TO THE PUBLIC (14A)
Cash donations appreciated with profits benefitting Respect Group, Saskatchewan Abilities Council, and Kinsmen Telemiracle Foundation.

Concession available: no outside food or drinks allowed.
Purchase tickets to enter draws for prize packages!!
See www.skprevention.ca/prizes for a list of prize packages available. (Check back often, as prizes updated frequently.)

Sponsored by Cameco and Cuelenaere LLP – Cuelenaere Kendall Katzman & Watson


The Saskatchewan Prevention Institute is pleased to be bringing Sheldon Kennedy to Saskatoon in October 2017. The Institute is a provincial, non-profit organization with a mandate to reduce the occurrence of disabling conditions in children. We work in a variety of areas, one of which is the prevention of child abuse.

Sheldon Kennedy was sexually assaulted over a period of 5 years by his hockey coach, Graham James. It became a very public issue within the hockey community and beyond. The biggest questions asked were, “how could this happen?” and “why didn’t anyone know?” Sheldon lived for many years in the shadow of the abuse. However, he decided to take a stand that would have implications for many, by charging his former coach and going public with his story. He has become a strong advocate promoting better response to child abuse in Canada.

Unfortunately, many children in Saskatchewan experience abuse. Although old, these publicly available statistics help to paint the picture of child abuse in our province. In 2012, Saskatchewan had the second highest rate of police-reported cases of child abuse in Canada. In 2008, there were almost 9,000 child welfare cases investigated in Saskatchewan. There are multiple long-term impacts on the physical, mental, and emotional health of an individual who has experienced abuse as a child.

As a province, we need to talk openly about this issue. It is important for us to understand that children are most at risk for abuse, not from a stranger, but from a person who is trusted by not only the child, but the child’s family. Parents need the knowledge and resources to protect their children. Our society needs to be prepared to protect those children who are not protected by their families.

On Thursday, October 5, 2017, the Saskatchewan Prevention Institute is hosting a public evening with Sheldon Kennedy at TCU Place in Saskatoon. The documentary of his life, “Swift Current”, will be shown and there will be a chance to hear from Sheldon and learn from his experience. The event will be open to the public, including youth 14 years of age and older.

To learn more about our organization, please visit www.skprevention.ca. To learn more about Sheldon Kennedy’s organization, please visit: http://www.sheldonkennedycac.ca/.

Alvin Buckwold Program is 50!

Come Celebrate Alvin Buckwold Child Development Program’s 50th Anniversary!!!
Where: 1319 Colony Street
When: Saturday September 23rd, 2017
Time: 11:00am- 2:00pm
Free hamburgers, hotdogs and drinks!


Alvin Buckwold Child Development Program (ABCDP)
Located at 1319 Colony Street, the Alvin Buckwold Child Development Program (ABCDP) is a unique place for special kids to learn and grow. Our programs give kids tons of room to play and lots of chances to meet new friends.

We offer diagnostic and treatment services to children 0-18 years of age, as well as support for families. Our mandate is to serve clients who display or are at significant risk for developmental, cognitive and/or physical challenges.

Using a family-centered approach, we work in partnership with parents to try to understand the specific needs of their child. We are open to receiving requests from parents and caregivers, physicians and other agencies.

Community of Heroes 2017

This is your VIP invitation to Community of Heroes 2017

In Canada, 40,000 cardiac arrests occur each year. Survival for someone who has a cardiac arrest depends on bystanders knowing what to do and acting quickly, but, unfortunately, this action happens in less than one-third of these cases.

The Community of Heroes event aims to increase the bystander response to cardiac arrest by helping community members learn to do Hands–only CPR and how to use a defibrillator (AED).

And to top it off, everyone will have a chance to show off their new skills in our unique CPR relay!

Please join us at this event. Your participation will help Heart & Stroke and MD Ambulance create a Community of Heroes in Saskatoon.

Sunday, August 13, 2017
12:00pm – 4:00pm
Friendship Park
Saskatoon, Saskatchewan

Participate in this great event and take a turn in our CPR relay to help show all of Saskatoon how easy it is to save a life and encourage others to participate as well.

Please RSVP by Friday, August 4, 2017 by contacting Cecile Klein, Resuscitation Program Coordinator, cecile.klein@heartandstroke.ca or 306-500-6027.

Family-friendly, no experience required, and your participation takes less than an hour.

Curbside Swap

Have clean, usable stuff to give away? Want free stuff? Plan your own Curbside Swap or participate in the city-wide Swap on September 9, 2017!

The Saskatoon Curbside Swap program is a series of community-organized events where residents place unwanted items in good condition – clearly marked FREE – on their curbs for anyone to pick up. At the end of the Swap day, residents return unclaimed items to their home along with their newfound treasures.

Giving used items a new home keeps them out of our landfill and swapping helps to build a sense of community. It’s a fun and environmentally friendly way to get rid of unwanted (but usable) items and to find free stuff!

To get started with organizing a community-wide swap, contact your Community Association. To help swap organizers promote their events, the City provides downloadable promotional postcards, posters and ‘free stuff’ signs. Promote your event and share your information with your friends on the 2017 Curbside Swap Facebook Event page at Saskatoon City News.

For more information, guidelines, and to download promotional materials to help with planning your own Swap, visit saskatoon.ca/curbsideswap or call 306-975-2487.

Please remember to obey all traffic laws and to watch for children. If you are posting signs, please take note of The Temporary Sign Bylaw – Bylaw No. 7491.