The Multicultural Council of Saskatchewan and the Saskatchewan Urban Municipalities Association have designed a toolkit specifically for communities who are welcoming new Canadians.
It’s called the Welcome Home 150 initiative. Darren Hill is a SUMA execuitive board member. He says the focus of the kit is to ensure Saskatchewan remains a welcoming province.
“Saskatchewan has a long and rich history of welcoming people from all different parts of the world,” Hill said. “This is just taking that experience and sharing it with all our hometown members. And all of our hometowns in the province.”
Hill says important information for future use will be collected from the online toolkits.
“We’re going to be collecting some data and reporting back to the SUMA board,” Hill said. “So we’re expecting the uptake from our home towns in the province to be reported in the fall.”
Hill says the online kit is easily accessible and useful.
“It starts with talking about what is a welcoming and inclusive community,” Hill said. “Then recognizing and assessing the newcomers who are going to be coming into the community. Then committing to those newcomers and embracing them and making them a part of your community.”
The Saskatchewan toolkit gives participants a local perspective with success stories taken from bigger centres and smaller municipalities in the province.
Hill says the groups wanted to recognize Canada’s 150th anniversary of confederation by helping to build respectful and engaging communities.