Threads : Cultural Conversations

Why is the conference called Threads?

Every community is made up of individuals, just as every tapestry is made up of individual threads. By hearing from individuals who make up the world we live in, we can appreciate the beauty and depth of our communities even more. This title was inspired by a story. Read about it here.


Are there any learning outcomes for Threads?

Yes, there are. Participants will experience the world’s diversity through the eyes of those who know or have lived through incidents relating to cultural studies, migration studies, sociology, psychology and social and cultural anthropology, family and post-colonial studies. Moreover, our speakers and performers come from all walks of life and will share firsthand experiences. In this way, we hope to expose participants to new, shared experiences that expand their learning and worldview, so that we may continue to cultivate a more inclusive future not only in our communities and across Canada, but also in the world.

Who can attend Threads?

Threads is open to everyone. Audiences will include community stakeholders, settlement practitioners, social workers, members of educational institutions and boards, academics, students and researchers as well as service providers like health care employees, public sector employees, union members, the Saskatoon city police and different businesses. Our audience will reflect our diversity, in that it will include Newcomers, Indigenous and non-Indigenous participants of all ages—from elementary schoolchildren to seniors.

Will I have access to the conference materials even if I do not donate?

During the conference you will have access to everything that you need. A donation only guarantees continued access to our resources, as well as conference replays, for a full year beginning in February 2021. The conference experience on January 20-21 will be the same regardless of whether a participant has donated or not. 

Will Threads be held every year?

Yes. The Saskatoon Open Door Society (SODS) is committed to providing engaging and educational programming for the community and continuing the conversation around culture and belonging. Future episodes of Threads will be based on participant feedback, as well as emerging issues that affect our communities, both locally and nationally.

How will the conference streaming work?

Once you have registered for the conference, we will send a link to your e-mail. Simply click and enjoy! Keep in mind that you will have to adjust the volume for yourself on your computer and on the video window. There will also be a chat feature available that will enable you to let us know if you’re having trouble accessing the conference.

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