Danielle Chartier’s Member's Statement

Member Statement November 22, 2018 – Equatorial South Sudanese Community Association Creates Intercultural Connections

Ms. Chartier: — Thank you, Mr. Speaker. I’d like to take this opportunity to recognize the Equatorial South Sudanese Community Association in Saskatoon. This organization provides social support, education, awareness, cultural activities, and outreach. It assists in settling newcomers so they become productive and participatory members of the community. In 2017 the association reached out and made a visit to the Muskeg Lake Cree Nation for the purpose of partnership and friendship, learning and sharing each other’s rich and diverse cultures, and in response to the TRC [Truth and Reconciliation Commission] Calls to Action. Following that visit, the community association held its annual conference and celebration in August 2017 to help promote cultural heritage and create intercultural connections. The two-day event brought together participants of South Sudanese descent from across Canada and the US [United States], as well as people from Muskeg Lake Cree Nation and other indigenous peoples from Saskatoon and the surrounding area. As a result of these successful events, on October 20th the community association held an event called Meet Your Indigenous Neighbours. There was traditional live music, entertainment and traditional South Sudanese cuisine. These events are part of an ongoing project to learn about indigenous history, cultural practices and ceremonies, and to affirm the partnership between the South Sudanese community and their indigenous neighbours. I would ask all members to join me in recognizing the important contributions that the Equatorian South Sudanese Community Association is making in Saskatoon, including in taking on its part in reconciliation. Thank you.

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