Invitation from RCE Greater Western Sydney, Australia re. High School Agricultural Sustainability Event, April 7 and 10, 2014

Please see the following invitation from RCE Greater Western Sydney (Australia) for virtual high school participation in their event.--Roger

Dear RCE Colleagues,

I am writing as a member agency of Greater Western Sydney RCE in Sydney, Australia.

On April 8th and 11th (7th and 10th your time) we are hosting free live Google hangouts (interactive video conferences) from the 2014 Sydney Royal Easter Show. This Show is Australia’s largest event and the largest Showcase of Agricultural excellence in the Southern Hemisphere.

High School Students from Sydney will be sharing about Agricultural Sustainability and Excellence in Farming.

We are very keen to connect directly with Schools in your timezone and hear what is happening in your part of the world. We are calling on you to share this opportunity and motivate at least one school within your RCE network to participate.  We look forward to a rich global exchange that leverages both the technology and our RCE connection.  Our aim to build this into ongoing school collaboration around a variety of sustainability issues.

Details are found in the following flyers and booking links:

Direct Google event links:


Please contact me directly with any questions or leads.

Kind regards,


Imagining Canada’s Future: A First Nations, Métis & Inuit Research Showcase (Regina)

2014-03-24 09:00

Dear RCE Saskatchewan Colleagues,

Please see below this important announcement regarding a research showcase occurring at First Nations University of Canada starting this Monday and running throughout the week in Regina. You will see that many of the topics being discussed have important sustainability dimensions. Please make every effort to attend.

Best wishes,

Roger Petry, Co-coordinator
RCE Saskatchewan

Imagining Canada’s Future: A First Nations, Métis & Inuit Research Showcase
Regina, SK
March  24 - 28, 2014

Monday, March 24

Pipe Ceremony
9:00 am
First Nations University of Canada

FNMI Research Showcase Opening
Master of Ceremonies:  Dr Shauneen Pete
Welcoming address - Dr Lynn Wells VP Academics, First Nations
10:00am - 10:30am
Free parking in Lot 19
First Nations University of Canada

Session 1
Judy Anderson, Lionel Peyachew, Katherine Boyer & Barbara Meneley
Indian Fine Arts: Four Concepts, One Department?
10:30am - 11:30am
Common Area - First Nations University of Canada

Session 2
Cassandra Opikokew
Updates on the IPHRC
12:00am - 1:00pm
TPC (ED 228) - Education Building

Session 3
Dr. Fidji Gendron & Dr. Dawn Marsden
Exploring and Revitalizing Indigenous Food and Medicines in
1:00pm - 2:00pm
CB112 - College Avenue Campus

Session 4
David Garneau
Painting Métis
3:00pm - 4:00pm
CW117 - College West

Tuesday, March 25
Session 5
David Garneau
Contemporary Métis Art
10:00am 11:00am
CW113 - College West

Session 6
Dr. Cindy Hanson, Elder Sylvia Popowich and Judy Hughes  
Women, Healing and the Indian Residential School Claims Process
12:00pm - 1:00pm
CW113 - College West

Session 7
Kathy Lloyd
A-Track Surveillance System Pilot Project (HIV/AIDS)
2:00pm - 3:00pm
ED338 - Education Building

Session 8
David Garneau
Extra-Relational Aesthetic Action and Cultural Decolonization
3:00pm - 4:00pm
CW 113 - College West

Session 9
Dr. Pandey, Dustin Brass, Gabriel Yayahkeekoot, David Benjoe, Dr. Linda
Goulet, Dr. Warren Linds, Dr. Jo-ann Episkenew
Researching Arts-Based Wellness Promotion for Suicide Prevention among
Aboriginal Youth.  
7:00pm - 8:00pm
Artesian Performance Venue - 2627 13th Ave

Evening Entertainment
FNMI Showcase Social
Featuring Artist: Brad Basic
8:00pm - 10:00pm
Artesian Performance Venue - 2627 13th Ave

Wednesday, March 26

Session 10
Robert Henry
Brighter Days Ahead
10:30am - 11:30am
CW113 - College West

Session 11
Dr Bob Kayseas
Innovations and Challenges to First Nations Community Businesses
12:00am 1:00pm
CW113 -College West

Session 12
Dr. Dawn Marsden
Indigenous Knowledge Applications for Space Development and Earth
System Governance
1:00pm - 2:00pm  
ED623 - Education Building

Session 13
Dr. Tara Turner
Seeking Métis Identity - My Métis Family Story
3:00pm - 4:00pm
ED619 - Education Building

Session 14
David Garneau
Imaginary Spaces of Conciliation and Reconciliation: Art, Curation and
3pm - 4pm
CK185 - Centre for Kinesiology, Health and Sport

Session 15
STR8UP: An Anti-Gang Movement
7:00pm - 8:00pm
Indian & Métis Christian Fellowship - 3131 Dewdney Avenue

Thursday, March 27

Session 16
Dr. Carmen Robertson
(Re)Covering Norval Morrisseau: Press and Paintings
10:00am - 11:00am
Education Auditorium

Session 17
Dr. Ed Doolittle
Word Puzzles Initiatives
11:00am -12:00am
CW113 - College West

Session 18
Dr. Arzu Sardarli
Education on Family Income in First Nations Communities: North, Central
and East Saskatchewan
12:30pm - 1:30pm
CW113 - College West

Session 19
Dr. Blair Stonechild
Indigenous Spirituality and the Importance of it Being Foundational to
2:00 - 3:00  
CW113 - College West

Session 20
Nellie Iron Quill, Betty  McKenna, Willie Ermine, Noel Starblanket
Elders Panel
3:00pm - 4:00pm
RM 2002 - First Nations University of Canada

Session 21
Dr. Andy Miller
Traditional knowledge and Community-Based Mineral Resource Stewardship

7:00pm - 8:00pm
Royal Saskatchewan Museum- 2445 Albert St

Friday, March 28

Session 22
Dr. Archibald-Barber & Joanne Goodpipe
The Role of Tradition and Community in First Nations Gaming
10:30am - 11:30am
CW117 - College West

Session 23
Jeannine St. Jacques
Variability and Trends in Western Canadian Rivers.
11:00am - 12:00am
ED558 - Education Building

Session 24
Dr. Arok Wolvengrey & Dr. Olga Lovick
Languages of Saskatchewan and Their Relatives: Cree and Dene Research.
1:00pm - 2:00pm
CW117 - College West

Session 25
Dr. Jesse Archibald-Barber
Unsettling Truths of Reconciliation: Holocaust Imagery in Leonard
Cohen’s Beautiful Losers.  
2:00pm - 3:00pm  
Common Area - First Nations University of Canada

Session 26
Dr. JoLee Sasakamoose & Amanda Scandrett
Self-Care for People in Helping Professions
2 hour session (limited to 10 people; cost per person is $20.00)
3:00pm - 5:00pm
Paper Crane Community Arts Centre - 1651 11th Avenue, second floor
above Artful Dodger
**Please pre-register for this session by email to: or

Saskatchewan Outdoor and Environmental Education Association Publication Launch, Regina

2014-03-27 16:30
2014-03-27 18:30

Dear RCE SK Colleagues,

We have been invited to the launch of a new journal developed by the Saskatchewan Outdoor and Environmental Education Association (SOEEA) on March 27, 2014, from 4:30-6:30 p.m. in room 114 of the Education Building at the University of Regina. The new publication is entitled "Of Land and Living Skies: A Community Journal on Place, Land, and Learning". Please see the attached invitation from Karen McIver, a board member with SOEEA and a long time RCE Saskatchewan supporter. Included in the attachment is a document for subscribing to the journal and becoming a SOEEA member. Please make every effort to attend if you are able.--Roger

Student Action For a Sustainable Future, Saskatoon, SK

2014-04-15 11:00


I would like to invite members of RCE Saskatchewan to the Student Action for a Sustainable Future student tradeshow on April 15 in Saskatoon. Our eleven classes of grade 4-8 students from Saskatoon’s Catholic and Public School Divisions have been working hard on their action projects, focusing on areas such as waste, water, energy, food, and transportation. Not only are students engaged in their learning, they are also reducing greenhouse gas emissions and leading to other sustainability benefits in their classrooms, schools, households, and the community at large. Please see the attached letter for more details on the Students Action for a Sustainable Future program.

I welcome you and your colleagues to attend our event to see the exciting results and meet our hard working students! Kindly RSVP by providing the names of those who wish to attend to

Student Action for a Sustainable Future – Student Tradeshow

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

11:00 am - 2:15 pm (come and go)

Western Development Museum, Saskatoon

Full program details will be available online closer to the event on the City of Saskatoon’s website:

Trustees, Superintendents, City of Saskatoon representatives, the media, and other stakeholders have been invited to view the amazing work that the different classes have completed this year.

The Student Action for a Sustainable Future program is also looking to attract further interest and partnerships in the program, as the success, growth, and opportunities of the program depend heavily on strong community relationships. If you or someone you know is interested in becoming a partner, please contact us. We would be delighted to arrange a time to talk with you further.

If you have any questions or to RSVP, please let me know.

I look forward to seeing you in April!


Shannon Dyck, B.A., M.E.S., EPt

Environmental Coordinator

City of Saskatoon, Environmental & Corporate Initiatives

(306) 975-2331 | (306) 880-0373

Good Article on Flooding in England and Farming Practices

This is an interesting article from The Guardian newspaper written by George Monbiot discussing the impact of changes in farming regulations on the extent of the recent flooding in the United Kingdom as well as the general impacts of climate change in that country:


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