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Living in Harmony


In 1966, the United Nations declared March 21st as the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination. This date was chosen in commemoration of the Sharpeville Massacre (March 21, 1960) where police officers opened fire on a crowd of Black people. The crowd had assembled in Sharpeville, a Black township in South Africa, in order to partake in a peaceful demonstration against Apartheid "pass laws". 

Since 1990, Saskatoon City Council has proclaimed March Race Relations Month. Learn more about 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, presented annually in March, recognize outstanding achievements contributing to the elimination of racial discrimination. The winners are selected by the City's Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee.

Nomination Process

Individuals, organizations, and students/classrooms/schools can be nominated. Submissions in all expressive forms (photo, art, written, video) are welcome. The Call for Submissions typically opens in early February and closes at the beginning of March.

Ways to be a bridge ...

 Speak up

 Be inclusive

 Educate yourself & others


2022 Awards Announcement

The 2022 recipients are as follows:

  • Best Elementary Submission: Geordie Laliberte, Travis Bird and Brooklyn Dreger from the Grade 7/8 class at Pleasant Hill School
  • Best Video Submission: The Young Indigenous Women's Utopia Girls Group, St. Marguerite School
  • Outstanding Classroom Participation: Christine Loewen from the Grade 7/8 class at Greystone School
  • Best Overall Poster: Steven Qui of Greystone School
  • Community Impact Award: Truly Alive Youth and Family Foundation Inc. (TAYFFI) and Helen Smith-McIntyre

In order to keep everyone safe, a 2022 Living in Harmony Award Video was created in lieu of an in-person awards presentation. The video names this year’s award winners and includes remarks from Mayor Charlie Clark and Chair of the City's Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Advisory Committee, Namarta Kochar.

PSA (Mar. 21, 2022) - City announces 2022 Living in Harmony award recipients

Watch the 2022 Living In Harmony Awards! These awards recognize outstanding achievements in contributing to the elimination of racial discrimination in our community.


Past Winners

2021 Living in Harmony Award 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 

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