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Threads: Cultural Conversations is back!

November 12, 2021

Mark your calendar! Threads: Cultural Conversations is back on January 19 and 20, 2022. Registration is open now for the free two-day, online conference at: https://www.sods.sk.ca/events/threads-cultural-conversations/registration. Sign up early for a chance to win one of many prizes, including works by the event’s acclaimed guest speakers.

Hosted by the Saskatoon Open Door Society (SODS), the culturally enriching event will feature over 40 speakers, including Chief Cadmus Delorme, former Governor General Michaëlle Jean, award-winning author Kim Thúy, CBC news anchor Ginella Massa, CBC “The National” correspondent Omayra Issa, along with musicians Kiya Tabassian and Ablaye Cissoko of the acclaimed ensemble Constantinople.

“This year marks the 40th anniversary of Saskatoon Open Door Society’s incorporation, and we are excited to have such a diverse range of speakers to celebrate with us,” says Ali Abukar, SODS CEO. “Our organization started in the early 1980s by meeting the needs of Vietnamese refugees coming to Saskatoon, and today, the Saskatoon Open Door Society is playing a critical role in assisting refugees from Afghanistan to settle in our beautiful city and call it home. We are both thrilled and grateful to have helped so many newcomers to our community.”

In the past few years, the organization has aided thousands of refugees and newcomers from over 115 different countries, making Saskatoon a more culturally diverse place to live. To further increase cultural awareness, Threads was launched earlier this year. With over 30 speakers from all walks of life, including former Governor General Adrienne Clarkson, the conference attracted nearly 1,000 attendees from over 22 countries around the world.

With an aim to encourage positive encounters and initiate conversations between various individuals and ethnic groups, Threads is filled with knowledge talks, storytelling, music performances, poetry readings and more. The event explores the issues, challenges and desires of immigrant, Indigenous, and non-Indigenous communities in Canada. In its premiere edition, speakers discussed the meaning of belonging. The upcoming event addresses the new theme of “becoming.”

“Researchers and educators from across the country and the world will be exploring the topic of becoming,” says Anahit Falihi, Director of Settlement and Community Support Services at SODS. “It is our hope that, through meaningful dialogues and exchanges, the worldview of participants will be expanded and they will have the tools they need to cultivate more inclusive communities not only across Canada, but all over the world.”

Located on the Canadian Prairies, the Saskatoon Open Door Society is the biggest settlement agency in Saskatchewan. Its range of services includes settlement and resettlement support, employment, language instruction, and childcare to help newcomers to connect, integrate, and build relationships within the local community and with Indigenous communities.

Go to https://www.sods.sk.ca/events/threads-cultural-conversations/registration and sign up right now to save your spot for the second annual Threads: Cultural Conversations conference. And don’t forget to subscribe to the ever-expanding Threads Library, for access to materials from both editions with a donation of $50 or more, at https://threadslibrary.ca.

If you have any questions or concerns regarding registration or subscription, please email threads_registrations@sods.sk.ca.

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