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Virtual Coffee Club

Grab a cup of coffee and settle in as we explore the WDM collection while you connect and reflect with others on experiences from the past and/or youth.

Sessions will take place via Zoom. You can register for one or for them all! There will be time for questions after the presentation. Each session will take place from 10:00 – 11:00 am unless otherwise indicated. Dates and topics are listed below. More dates will be added soon.

Join us for a time of visiting and learning.

There is no cost to attend but pre-registration is required. Registration closes at 8:30 am on the day of the Virtual Coffee Club.

CLICK HERE to register or call Karla at 1-306-693-5989.

Prairie Cooperation – September 20

In this program, we will highlight the many ways that Saskatchewan’s people have demonstrated their co-operative spirit. Today we hear a lot about people volunteering and working together to put on an event, to help those in need, or to mark the celebration of a special occasion, but co-operation is nothing new. In Saskatchewan’s settlement period, co-operation was a means of everyday survival and economic prosperity.

The Great Depression – October 13

Learn about some of the struggles and challenges faced by people in Saskatchewan during the Great Depression. How did we adapt and persevere while facing disaster after disaster? Join us to learn why the 1930s were one of the most pivotal times in our province’s history.

The Spirit and Intent of Treaties 1 through 7 – October 25
Guest speaker: Dr. Sheldon Krasowski, Director of Research and Archives, Office of the Treaty CommissionerThrough his presentation, Dr. Krasowski will share why the spirit and intent of treaties 1 through 7 is critical to understanding the complicated relationship between the Crown and First Nations people. We will learn how treaties are more than written documents and that to fully understand the context of treaties, one must understand what the spirit was and what the intentions were at the time of treaty-making. The spirit and intent refers to the sacredness of the treaties, which was not recorded in written form.
Wapaha Sk̄a Oyate: Living Our Culture, Sharing our Community at Pion-Era, 1955 – 69 – November 15
Guest speaker: Dr. Elizabeth Scott, WDM CuratorWhitecap Dakota First Nation (WDFN) is a Dakota community whose reserve lands are located 25 kilometers south of Saskatoon. Every summer from 1955 to 1969, Whitecap members participated in Pion-Era, the Western Development Museum (WDM) Saskatoon’s summer heritage show. Families set up a tipi camp, demonstrated cultural activities and livestock skills, educating visitors about Dakota life. For many years, this history had been all but lost at the WDM, but fondly remembered by the Whitecap participants and their descendants. Together in the spirit of Reconciliation and partnership, WDFN and the WDM have co-curated a new exhibit on their shared past, Wapaha Sk̄a Oyate: Living Our Culture, Sharing our Community at Pion-Era, 1955 – 69 a new permanent display at the WDM Saskatoon. WDM Curator Liz Scott will speak about the project and the exhibit in this virtual coffee club.
Holiday Traditions – December 20

Participants will explore the diverse winter-time traditions of Saskatchewan’s people, past and present. These traditions include Ukrainian Christmas, the Lunar New Year, German Christmas, Hanukkah, and Scandinavian Christmas. We’ll have a chance to share our own families’ traditions and memories at the end of the program.





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