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Statement on the attack upon the Afzaal family in London, Ontario

Statement on the attack upon the Afzaal family in London, Ontario

To the Muslim community of Saskatchewan,

Multi-Faith Saskatchewan and Regina Multi-Faith Forum stand together in condemning the violence perpetrated against the Afzaal family and the Muslim community in London, Ontario on June 6, 2021. This intentional act is abhorrent to our membership of all faith traditions, and we offer our prayer and support to the Muslim community.

As multi-faith organizations who promote understanding, appreciation, and acceptance of our diverse religious communities and work towards a just and peaceful society, we affirm that there is no place for hatred, violence, or discrimination and we categorically denounce Islamophobia.

We offer our prayer and support to the Muslim community in Regina and around Saskatchewan as we work towards justice and harmony among all.

Nicholas Jesson
President
Multi-Faith Saskatchewan

Stephanie Molloy
Chairperson
Regina Multi-Faith Forum

All are invited to attend the Candle Light Vigil for Muslim family killed in London Ontario on Wednesday, June 9 at 7pm at the Saskatchewan Legislature.

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Winners for Saskatchewan Youth Visual Art Project – 2020-21

Winners for Saskatchewan Youth Visual Art Project – 2020-21

We are very pleased to announce the winners of our Annual Youth Visual Art Project for 2020-21:

1st Place: Sabine Wagner
2nd Place: Gavin Selinger
3rd Place: Angelica Rutkowski
4th Place: Keayan Alarcon-Souweha
5th Place: Shelby Sabo and Liv Anderson
6th Place: Pamela McEwen, Rebeka Russell, Nate Pelletier Littletent, and Hannah Lee Winkler
7th Place: Tadek Pusz-Bochenski, Tarilayefa Agbai, Brielle Parry, Grace Bolton, and Lexie Gollings

Thank you to all the students who participated in this project. Congratulations and all the best for your future endeavours!

1st Place - Sabine Wagner, "We're all connected"

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Artist: Sabine Wagner
Title: We're all connected; Medium: Pen and Ink wash
I made this piece to represent women all around the world. I wanted to explore our differences but also show how alike & connected we are to each other.

MF Sask Annual General Meeting 2021

MF Sask Annual General Meeting 2021

The Board of Multi-Faith Saskatchewan has set a date for the Annual General Meeting. The AGM will convene on Zoom on Sunday, May 30, 2021 at 3 pm.

Our guest speaker will be Dr. Geoff Cameron, Director of Public Affairs for the Baha’i Community of Canada and a member of the Canadian Interfaith Conversation’s Executive Committee. Geoff will introduce us to the Canadian Interfaith Conversation.

All are welcome but pre-registration is required for this AGM: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZUpfu-upjMiEtUJdzKwoI6RTyJz_UkGBSwB

Further details, agenda, and reports will be available closer to the date of the AGM.

May 12th, 2021 board meeting

May 12th, 2021 board meeting

The May 12th meeting of the MF Sask Board will be held on Zoom. Observers may contact the MF Sask president, Nick Jesson, at njesson [at] archregina [dot] sk [dot] ca for details on joining the meeting.

Our Whole Society 2021: Free to Believe, Responsible to Act

Our Whole Society 2021: Free to Believe, Responsible to Act

The Canadian Interfaith Conversation is pleased to invite you to the Our Whole Society virtual conference on May 4, 2021

Please register HERE.

PANEL 1: Addressing challenges to freedom of religion or belief (1:00pm – 2:30pm EDT)

Canada’s legacy of protecting religious freedom is mixed. Early on the First Nations of Canada experienced the denial and suppression of their right to freedom of religion or belief. Traditional spiritual and religious ceremonies were banned and suppressed, while the Indian residential school system was designed to replace their own identity with another one. Despite long-standing legal protections for religious freedom reaching back to the Quebec Act of 1774 through to the 1982 Charter, this right continues to be debated in public and contested in court. Furthermore, new challenges are emerging from social media and other online platforms, which propagate hatred and prejudice that can generate real-world violence and persecution.

What role does protection for freedom of religion or belief play in fostering social understanding in a diverse Canadian society, in fostering reconciliation? To what extent does this freedom extend to protections for organizations, institutions, or even the natural environment? What new and old challenges are facing traditional, religious, spiritual and other communities as they seek to exercise these rights? How should we respond to the growth of religion-based prejudice in Canadian society, especially as it affects Indigenous and minority populations?

PANELISTS:

Professor Lori Beaman (Professor, University of Ottawa)
Bishop Bruce Myers (Bishop of Quebec, Anglican Church of Canada)
Rabbi Reuben Poupko (co-Chair, Canadian Rabbinic Caucus)

PANEL 2: Building social solidarity (3:00pm – 4:30pm EDT)

It seems that almost every social cleavage in Canada is deepening under the pressures of a divisive political discourse. These cleavages can be traced according to region, language, identity, class, or the religious-secular divide. Furthermore, the need to build social solidarity acquires greater urgency in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic.

What does it take to work across these divides and heal the body politic? What is the potential and actual contribution of religion and spirituality to this process? Where do we see new approaches to addressing inequality, fostering reconciliation, responding to the climate crisis, and building community at the grassroots of society?

PANELISTS:

Jamileh Naso (President, Canadian Yazidi Association)
Shannon Perez (Director, Indigenous Family Centre)
Akaash Maharaj (CEO, Mosaic Institute)

The conference will be held virtually in English and French.

Please register HERE.

April 14th, 2021 board meeting

April 14th, 2021 board meeting

The MF Sask board is meeting by Zoom approximately once a month. At the April 14th meeting, the board will continue to work on the development of a new Multifaith Grant Fund in cooperation with Regina Multi-Faith Forum. In addition, the board will receive reports on the Visual Arts Project and on the redevelopment of the website.

Observers may contact the MF Sask president, Nick Jesson, at njesson [at] archregina [dot] sk [dot] ca for details on joining the meeting.

Art Submission Deadline Date Extended

Art Submission Deadline Date Extended

Keeping in mind the effect of Coronavius on the working of schools, the deadline date for the art submitted by the students for the Visual Art Project has been extended to April 18th, 2021.

The award winners shall receive the awards by postal mail.

Don’t miss a chance.

Art Project Committee

Multifaith Saskatchewan AGM 2019-2020

Multifaith Saskatchewan AGM 2019-2020

Hello Everyone

This year Multifaith Saskatchewan will hold its AGM on July 29, 2020 (5pm to 7pm) and on a virtual or remote platform due to the ongoing pandemic. The meeting will occur on Zoom link.

The Guest speaker for the AGM is Rev. Dr. David Holmes of the Calgary Alliance for the Common Good and the Calgary Inter-Faith Council. He has been an ordained minister in the United Church of Canada for 32 years. Learning is his passion, and this has taken him into degrees at the Vancouver School of Theology and Columbia Theological Seminary in Atlanta, training in spiritual direction, non-profit leadership, educational supervision, and community organizing. He is currently involved in the Calgary Alliance for the Common Good and the Calgary Inter-Faith Council, and is a team minister at Knox United Church in Calgary (but only for a few more days). He’s married to Karen with two grown sons.

Please contact Amr Henni (amr.henni [at] uregina [dot] ca) to obtain the zoom link to participate in the meeting and other documents for the AGM. Please feel free to share this information with those who will be interested. We look forward to having your presence on this virtual platform and shape the future of Multifaith Saskatchewan.