German Heritage Month
In December 2016, the Canadian Parliament officially declared October “German Heritage Month” in order to “recognize the contributions that German-Canadians have made to Canadian society, the richness of the German language and culture, and the importance of educating and reflecting upon German heritage for future generations, and that the Waterloo Region is host to the largest Oktoberfest outside of Germany, by declaring October, every year, German Heritage Month, and the nine days commencing the Friday before Thanksgiving, every year, Oktoberfest”.
The SGC & affiliated groups host a variety of events throughout Saskatchewan to celebrate October – German Heritage Month. The event listing is posted in September.
Culture in the Kitchen: A Multicultural Cooking Series
This cooking series is all about sharing food & culture! As host, the SGC invites one other cultural group to cook with us. Cooking instructors from both cultures introduce regional dishes of their country and speak about the food history and cultural traditions.
In small groups, participants learn to cook one German and one other cultural dish. The fun and safe environment encourages attendees to share their own stories, fostering cross-cultural understanding and building a stronger community.
Culture in the Kitchen events took place in Saskatoon and Regina with the following cultures: Brazil, China, India, Indigenous Saskatchewan, Germany East meets West, Nigeria, Norway, Regional Germany, Romania, Ukraine, Vietnam, and “Apfelkuchen Now and Then” with author Amy Jo Ehman.
Interested in cooking with us? Keep an eye on our events calendar and facebook page for event postings or contact us!
Public Lecture Series: Culture & History of German-Canadians in the Prairies
This program offers educational talks to gain knowledge about history of Germans in Saskatchewan. Previous talks include the following titles: The Challenges of Being German in Early 20th Century Saskatchewan, Germans in Saskatchewan: A Diverse Community on a Contested Landscape; An Evening with Mary-Ann Kirkby: The Hutterites and their captivating story; The Roots of the Hutterites; Genealogy and Identity: Rediscovering my German Roots; Who the Mennonites are: A Look at their various Traditions and Beliefs; 250 Years of Alexander von Humboldt.
Postillion article: The Challenges of Being German in Early 20th Century Saskatchewan (p.6)
Family Fun Day
Every June, the SGC hosts its Family Fun Day to celebrate Canadian Multiculturalism Day. Come out for children’s activities, traditional German games and food, everyone is welcome!
The SGC connects to communities by engaging in events like Folkfest Saskatoon, Heritage Festival, Prairie Prism, and Multicultural Days at schools. We hope to meet you in your community!