Living in Harmony Awards
Nominations open for 2023 Living in Harmony Awards!
FEB 7, 2024: The City is now accepting nominations or submissions for the 2024 Living in Harmony Awards. The submission deadline is March 6 at 3:00 p.m.
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The Living in Harmony Awards are presented by the City of Saskatoon in recognition of efforts to promote diversity, equity, and inclusion and to combat racism. The awards can be presented to individuals, organizations, or to students/classes/school groups.
Awards are presented on or around March 21 which the United Nations has declared the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination. This date is in observance of the Sharpeville Massacre (March 21, 1960) where law enforcement opened fire at a peaceful demonstration in South Africa against Apartheid pass laws. Pass laws required “nonwhites” in South Africa to carry documents authorizing their presence in restricted areas.
The 2024 submission deadline is March 6 at 3:00 p.m. The winners will be selected by the City’s Diversity, Equity & Inclusion (DEI) Advisory Committee. Only the winners will be contacted with award presentation details, but the DEI Advisory Committee members extend their sincere appreciation for every submission/nomination.
2023 Living in Harmony Award Winners
Community Recognition: Sarah Kelly with Right to Skate – Recognized for fostering inclusive skateboarding meetups, camps, and events in Saskatoon for over 10 years. With Sarah's guidance, organization, and passion, Right to Skate has transformed the Saskatoon skateboarding landscape into an inclusive and welcoming community.
Community Recognition: Stephanie Cole with Wildwood School – Recognized for creating anti-racist and anti-oppressive groups in all schools she has taught in and as being the steady voice calling for action and recognition for people who are underrepresented or marginalized.
School Recognition: Holy Cross High School Truth & Reconciliation Club – Recognized for its work in the area of reconciliation awareness and action.
2022 Living in Harmony Award Winners
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, an awards video was created in 2022 in lieu of an in-person awards presentation. The video names the 2022 award winners and includes remarks from Mayor Charlie Clark and Chair of the City's Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Advisory Committee, Namarta Kochar.
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