Living in Harmony
In 1966, the United Nations declared March 21st as the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination in commemoration of the 1960 Sharpeville massacre in South Africa when peaceful demonstrators against apartheid were wounded and killed.
In 1990, City Council proclaimed March as Cultural Diversity and Race Relations Month in the City of Saskatoon. Learn more about Cultural Diversity and Race Relations Month.
Living in Harmony Recognition Awards
The Living in Harmony Awards are part of the City’s commitment to foster an inclusive community where ethnocultural diversity is welcomed and valued, and where everyone can live with dignity and pursue their full potential, without facing racism or discrimination.
The Living in Harmony Awards recognize outstanding achievements contributing to the elimination of racial discrimination. The winners are selected by the City of Saskatoon's Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee. The award winners are recognized annually in March.
Nominations have closed for 2021. The next Call for Submissions is anticipated for February 2022.
Any Saskatoon resident can nominate an individual, organization, student, classroom, or school. Tell us us how they're acting as a bridge to end racism.
Ways to be a bridge...
Educate yourself & others
Submissions in all expressive forms (photo, art, written, video) are welcome.
Congratulations to our 2021 Winners!
Best Overall Poster Winner: Newcomer Youth Engagement Program
Best Video Submission: St. Frances Nēhiyaw (Cree) Bilingual School, EcoJustice Class
Best Elementary Group Submission: Greystone Heights School, Grade 8 Class
Best Elementary Individual Submission: Vanna Marquilencia of École River Heights School
Community Recognition Award Winner: Nutana Collegiate
Community Recognition Honourable Mention: Saskatoon Insight Meditation Community
This year, in order to recognize the award winners while keeping everyone safe, the City released a video in lieu of hosting an in-person presentation. Due to the last-minute cancellation of last year’s awards presentation (early in the arrival of COVID-19), the 2020 award winners are also acknowledged.
The video is hosted by Danny Knight (actor/musician/comedian), and includes remarks from Mayor Charlie Clark and Chair of the City’s Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Advisory Committee, Namarta Kochar. Following the awards segment, the video includes a segment that recognizes ten ordinary Canadians who were able to change unjust and discriminatory laws through hard work and courage.
PSA (Mar. 19, 2021) - City announces 2021 Living in Harmony winners
Watch the 2021 Living In Harmony Awards! These awards recognize outstanding achievements in contributing to the elimination of racial discrimination in our community.
2020 Living in Harmony Award Winners
Best Elementary Submission: École St. Matthew School, Grades 4-6
Best High School Submission: St. Frances Nēhiyaw Bilingual School, Grade 9 Class
Best Video Submission: Grade 4-6 students, Ernest Lindner School
Overall Poster Winner: Ariha Imtiaz, Gr. 8, Ernest Lindner School
Community Recognition Award: Dr. Sheelah McLean
2019 Living in Harmony Award Winners
- Dora Li, Holy Cross High School
- Mel Sysing's Grade 6 class, St. Mark School
- Reshai Aisaican, Mount Royal Collegiate
- Sabbar Jahan, St. Mark School
- Nada Abdelrahman, St. Mark School
- Angela Kargbo, St. Mark School