Saskatchewan German Council - History

Founded in 1984, the Saskatchewan German Council is a registered volunteer-based, non-profit organization dedicated to promoting the heritage, culture and interests of Saskatchewan people of German-speaking backgrounds. The Council plays an active role in building provincial multiculturalism and the Canadian mosaic.

The Council is guided in all its activities by its by-laws as well as by a comprehensive set of policies.

A Board of Directors consisting of 10 elected members meets at least twice a year to set the tone and direction for all the Council’s activities. A number of committees are in place to investigate and manage matters of special interest.

The Council is a member of SaskCulture, under whose umbrella it receives Lottery funding and access to the vibrant cultural community of Saskatchewan. The Council also holds an associate membership in the German-Canadian Congress.

Membership in the Council is open to any organization or individual, regardless of background, who agrees to abide by the SGC constitution and policies.

The Council’s Head Office in Saskatoon is staffed with an Executive Director and an Administrative Assistant.

SGC Past Presidents

1984 – 1986 Joe Tauberger, Regina

1986 – 1988 Richard Burback, Yorkton

1988 – 1988 Peter Felsing, Regina

1988 – 1990 Joachim Sondershausen, Hepburn

1990 – 1992 George Gette, Regina

1992 – 1996 Bruno Kossmann, Regina

1996 – 2000 Dr. David Buettner, Prince Albert

2000 – 2004 Karl Bastian, Prince Albert

2004 – 2008 Andrew Grzesina, Regina

2008 – 2014 Ilona Beck, Rouleau

2014 – 2019 Josephin Dick, Saskatoon

2019 – present Mervin Weiss, Saskatoon


SGC is the provincial umbrella organization that represents all people of German-speaking backgrounds. We provide information, resources and program funding where appropriate. The German Council assists organizations with programs and projects to promote German culture, language, traditions and heritage.

Mission Statement

The Saskatchewan German Council is committed to preserve, promote and further German language, traditions and culture for all people of Saskatchewan by engaging people of all ages to become active and involved partners in a vibrant multicultural community in Saskatchewan.


1990 SGC founds Humboldt German Theme “A Little Bit of Germany in the Heart of the Prairies.” It becomes the only German theme town in the prairies of North America.

1995 SGC establishes bursaries for German language students at U of S and U of R.

1995 SGC completes series of six large five-colour cultural display posters on Music, Architecture, Science and Technology (2), Medicine, and Painting and Sculpture. These posters were researched and designed by Dr. Günter Kocks, Ingeborg Schlichtmann and Gerhard Steckhan.

SGC develops a network of German Saturday Schools in Saskatchewan.

1997 Helmar Heimann of Saskatoon designs and creates 8’ x 4’ colour map of German pioneer settlement of Saskatchewan.

1997 SGC establishes Saskatchewan German Business Association (SGBA) which meets monthly at the Saskatoon Concordia Club to develop business opportunities between Saskatchewan and German-speaking countries of Europe.

2001/02 SGC partners with Saskatoon Regional Economic Development Authority (SREDA) and Carleton Trail Regional Economic Development Authority (Humboldt and District) to form “Partnerschaft Saskatchewan” a project designed to attract immigration and investment from Germany.

SGC co-hosts Saskatoon Mayor Don Atchison, U of S President Peter MacKinnon, Government of Saskatchewan Finance Minister Hon. Eric Cline and many other dignitaries at German Days.

2008 SGC establishes “Mach mit! Get involved!” a new funding program specifically designed to support programs and projects that promote the culture, language, customs and traditions of the German-speaking countries among Saskatchewan´s youth.

2009 SGC publishes “Welcome! A Handbook for Immigrants to Saskatchewan”, a bilingual guide for newcomers to Saskatchewan which provides essential information in regards to immigration, housing, employment, education, banking, and other important settlement needs.

2009 SGC opens a library in Saskatoon with German and English language books ranging from fiction to non-fiction, children’s books, reference materials, member group publications, and teaching materials.

2009 SGC celebrates its 25th Anniversary in Saskatoon. The family event features workshops, movie presentations, a Christmas market, a German dinner, a skit show by Gaye-Lynn Kern, a poster exhibit depicting the fall of the Berlin Wall, dance performances by the German Junior Folk Dancers and much more.

2010 SGC’s Immigrant Settlement Advisor started to offer settlement services to newcomers.

2013 The organization underwent a rebranding process and came up with a new identity for the Saskatchewan German Council.

2013/14 Diversity of Germany Banners were developed and produced. The set of 12 banners showcases what German Culture, heritage, language and customs are about.

2014 SGC celebrated its 30th Anniversary throughout the year. Various events and projects marked this special milestone.

2014 On November 9th, SGC celebrated the 25th Anniversary of the Fall of the Berlin Wall. The event featured a documentary followed by a reception and banquet.

2015 Germany celebrates 25 years of reunification. On October 3, 1990, after 45 years of separation, Germany was finally reunited. The Autumn Postillion printed a special section on “25 Jahre Deutsche Einheit, Share your Story”.