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Intercultural Programs and Services

SK CultureXchange Program

Overview

SK CultureXchange Program is a cultural partnership between newcomers and established residents of Saskatchewan. This cultural partnership will provide supportive friendships beneficial to all. 

Newcomers will be able to foster a sense of belonging. Locals will have the opportunity to connect with newcomers to develop friendships, learn/share about their community and what it has to offer, and practice communication skills. 

The ultimate goal is to increase intercultural understanding through exchanging personal experiences in a meaningful way.

Objectives

Participants will:

  • Be paired with a volunteer and receive friendly and informative support that helps them adjust and integrate into the community;
  • Gain a safe and knowledgeable contact to ask questions and learn about how to access important local resources and understand local cultural norms;
  • Share their culture and stories in a safe space; and
  • Increase self-confidence and feel more comfortable and connected to a new environment, which will help them integrate more quickly.

Local Volunteers will:

  • Increase their cultural knowledge and understanding by learning about another culture and hearing personal experiences;
  • Contribute to creating a more welcoming community by providing information on community opportunities and resources as well as tips on where to find the best local programs, services, and entertainment; and
  • Develop their leadership skills by mentoring new residents and helping them feel at home in a new community.
Eligibility
Participants:Volunteers:
  • Must be a refugee or new immigrant to Saskatoon.
  • Interested in learning about the local cultural norms and gaining knowledge about the community of Saskatoon/Saskatchewan.
  • Must be a Saskatchewan resident who has lived in the province for more than five years.
  • Willing to contribute to a more welcoming community while developing leadership and intercultural skills.
Information Session
  • Registration for the next intake starts in August 2021.
Contact

If you have any questions, please contact the Equity and Inclusion Coordinator, Tamica Small, at (306) 986-5205 or email tsmall@saskintercultural.org.

Registration

If you are interested in participating in the SK CultureXChange Program as either a participant or volunteer, please fill out the online form below.

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