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SaskCulture E-Update
November 12, 2020
Give the Gift of Creativity this Holiday Season
Creative Kids Holiday Campaign is back! Starting November 16, Creative Kids is giving people the chance to give Saskatchewan children the opportunity to access creative activities during its 12 Days of Giving Holiday Campaign. 100% of your donation goes directly to helping kids in your community. All donations receive a beautiful bookmark you can use as a keepsake or as a gift. Plan your donation!
2021 Saskatchewan Arts Awards Nominations Open
Nominations for the 2021 Saskatchewan Arts Awards are now open to eligible artists, organizations, leaders and educators here in the province. Nominees should have a nomination statement, along with 2 - 5 letters of support, and must be received by January 15. For more information, or to submit a nomination, head to the SK Arts website.
Wanuskewin Wins 2019 Saskatchewan Tourism Awards of Excellence
Wanuskewin Heritage Park, proudly supported by SaskCulture, was the recipient of three 2019 Saskatchewan Tourism Awards of Excellence in the categories of Business of the Year (Over 20 Employees), Tourism Builder Award (Dr. Ernie Walker) and the Gil Carduner Marketing Award. See the full winners list here.
Community Initiatives Fund (CIF) COVID-19 Response
CIF acknowledges the challenges that COVID-19 has presented for Saskatchewan organizations that have received or are seeking funding from CIF grants. If your program has been, or may be, impacted by COVID-19 you are encouraged to check out CIF's response to COVID-19 FAQ and contact CIF staff to help discuss challenges and explore options.
National Arts and Culture Impact Survey
With the 2020-2021 cultural season upon us, the COVID-19 pandemic continues to have an outsized impact on the arts and culture sector in Canada. This month, 30 national and provincial arts service organizations representing a range of artistic disciplines across the country have come together to develop the National Arts and Culture Impact Survey (NACIS). All arts organizations, artists, and arts workers across Canada are encouraged to participate in the survey by Monday, November 23, 2020. The survey will take approximately 10 to 15 minutes to complete. The more responses received, the better the data will be. Click here to take the survey.
November 16 is Louis Riel Day
On November 16, 1885 the Canadian Government, led by John A. MacDonald, executed Louis Riel for his role in the Northwest Resistance. Throughout his life, Riel advocated for the rights of the Métis and the Francophone people in Western Canada, and is now widely regarded as the founder of Manitoba and a father of Confederation. To honour Riel's memory and ultimate sacrifice, digital events are being held to highlight Métis culture, language, and heritage and to remind us all of our continued work towards reconciliation.
Laura Ross Named Minister for Parks, Culture and Sport
The Government of Saskatchewan announced a cabinet shuffle on November 9, which saw Regina Rochdale MLA Laura Ross sworn in as the new Minister for Parks, Culture and Sport.
City of Regina 2021 Municipal Heritage Awards Nominations
The City of Regina is seeking nominees for the 2021 Municipal Heritage Awards. Awards are presented in categories for: restoration; preservation; rehabilitation; new design (infill); new design (addition); heritage open space; education; George Bothwell Heritage Award for Public Service; and the Keith Knox Heritage Award for Youth. Nominations are for projects completed in 2019 or 2020. Nominations will be accepted until December 11, 2020. Learn more about the award here.
Event Safety Alliance Reopening Guide Updated
A new version of the Event Safety Alliance Reopening Guide has been published to provide a six-month update to the last version. SaskCulture has also published a COVID-19 Mitigation Guide for organizations looking for advice as we continue to address the COVID-19 Pandemic.
COVID-19 Impact on Music Groups - Survey Results
UK-based organization Making Music has released survey results detailing the COVID-19 pandemic impact on music groups and organizations in the UK. The survey of over 1,000 member groups yielded the following highlights:
  • 68% expect income to be more than 25% lower than the previous year.
  • 95% had to cancel a public event (performance, sing/play events, workshops, etc.) between March and August 2020, resulting in a loss of £1,073,361 ($1,839,023 CAD).
  • 79% were cancelling all or some of their public events from September to December 2020; 64% were not planning any events during this time, 29% were planning or considering going ahead, while 6% were not planning to cancel any events.
  • 58% are now conducting meetings online; 15% have held performances online, and 3% have livestreamed performances.
  • 34% say they cannot move to digital due to participants lacking skills, hardware/software/internet access.
More findings and the full survey questions can be found by visiting the link above.
Saskatchewan Parks and Recreation Association 2020-2021 Board
The SPRA has announced its board following its AGM on October 21, 2020. The board is now comprised of: TJ Biemans (President), Jody Boulet (Director for Cities), Tonia Logan (Director for the North), Jamie Helgason (Director for Towns), Taylor Morrison (Director for Villages), Jennifer Burgess (Director at Large), Heidi Carl (Director at Large), Dean Dodge (Director at Large), and Ken Ottenbreit (Director at Large).
Documentary Heritage Communities Program (DHCP) 2021 - 2022 Applications
Library and Archives Canada (LAC) provides $1.5 million in contributions each year through DHCP funding to projects and organizations that ensure Canada's continuing memory is documented and accessible to current and future generations. Eligibility is open to non-profit organizations that hold collections of mainly local or regional significance. All applicants must be privately funded, 50% or more, with the exception of Indigenous organizations/government institutions. A full list of guidelines and eligibility information is available on the LAC website. You can also take the eligibility questionnaire to see if you are eligible to apply for funding under this program. Applications must be received by 11:59pm PST on January 12, 2021.
Staying Safe Online - Protecting Yourself and Your Data

As more and more work is taking place solely online, the importance of keeping information – both personal and professional – secure has grown. From phishing scams to ransomware attacks, everyone must remain cautious and wary when conducting their day-to-day business online.

The first step to your security is understanding what types of threats you should be aware of:

  • Adware: Adware is a computer program that installs itself on your computer without your consent. It often displays advertising on your desktop, and redirects your web browser to advertising sites. Once embedded, it can slow down your computer and your internet connection. Adware can be caught by visiting websites with pop-ups that ask you to install a program, ‘click here to win’ sites, or as part of a bundle from legitimate software downloaded from an illegitimate source.
  • Denial of Service (DoS) Attack: A DoS attack occurs when hackers artificially increase demand on a service, such as a webpage, to overload the system and knock the page offline. This creates a temporary disruption in service as regular users become unable to access your website.

Grant Writing Workshop
When: Monday, November 30, 2020 - 9:30am - 11:30am CST
Where: Online
Who: Rivers West District for Sport, Culture & Recreation
Free to attend, but registration is required by November 26, click here to register.
The State of the Sector: A Look Ahead to 2021
When: Thursday, December 3, 2020 - 12:00pm - 1:00pm CST
Where: Online
Who: Bruce McDonald (President & CEO, Imagine Canada)
Free to attend, but registration is required, click here to register.
Statement of Significance
When: Wednesday, December 9 - 1:30pm - 3:30pm
Where: Online
Who: Ministry of Parks, Culture and Sport
Free to attend, but registration is required, click here to register.
Heritage Standards and Guidelines
When: Thursday, December 10 - 1:30pm - 3:30pm
Where: Online
Who: Ministry of Parks, Culture and Sport
Free to attend, but registration is required, click here to register.
Grant Writing Workshop
When: Thursday, January 7, 2021 - 9:30am - 11:30am CST
Where: Online
Who: Rivers West District for Sport, Culture & Recreation
Free to attend, but registration is required by January 5, click here to register.
From Risk to Resilience: The Fundamentals of Risk Management for Festivals and Events E-Learning Course
When: Online course access granted for 30 days after registration (Complete at your pace)
Where: Online
Who: Peter Ashwin
Cost to access the course materials varies, click here for more information and to register.
No open applications at this time.
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Gathering Focuses on
Reconciliation and
Relationship Building

"All elements of society need to take part in events like this. Traditional Métis culture focused on jigging and jigging lessons, the music, and traditional foods.
Shayne Lazarowich, MACSI spokeperson
November 1 - December 12, 2020

November 17, 2020
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