The Canadian Forum is made up of members from seven provincial state organizations of Canada: Alberta, British Columbia, Manitoba, New Brunswick, Ontario, Quebec and Saskatchewan.
The Forum meets twice in odd-numbered years, in conjunction with the international conferences serving the northwest and northeast regions; and once in even-numbered years, at the international convention. The Area Representative, Canada serves as chair of the Canadian Forum.
Goals of the Canadian Forum:
- To promote awareness of local, regional and interprovincial educational issues in Canada;
- To study educational issues, Canadian or international, that impact Canadian members;
- To provide networking opportunities in the interest of shared understanding between and among Canadian members;
- To involve Canadian members of DKG in a Canada-wide educational project; and,
- To provide Canadian members the opportunity to develop a shared sense of purpose within the Society.
- Each biennium, the members of the Canadian Forum select an educational project to support for two years.Voluntary donations of five dollars or more per Canadian member are collected.The Canadian project for 2018-2020 is ArtsCan Circle.
To learn more about ArtsCan Circle you may wish to view the hour-long video: A Walk in My Dreams narrated by Mike Stevens, creator of ArtsCan Circle. https://vimeo.com/68487020 Sheshatshiu Sheshatshiu
For more information about the Forum, contact Betty Rose, Canadian Forum Chair.
ArtsCan Circle website: www.artscancircle.ca
Tel. (905) 836-9117
Facebook: ArtsCan Circle
Registered Charitable Number: 86230 9549 RR0001
History of ArtsCan Circle
During a 1999 musical tour, Canada’s celebrated harmonica virtuoso Mike Stevens visited a remote ‘fly-in’ indigenous community. It was unlike any other place Mike had ever seen--especially the youth. They had none of the programs or opportunities that are available to most kids in the rest of Canada. A scene is seared in his memory.
…on a school day, a group of young people, bored and getting high on gas fumes around a bonfire. No kids in the community complete high school and many have no work skills. The community experiences the worst levels of teen suicide in the world.
Mike made a promise to return with harmonicas. Music and art are tools for self-expression – a way for these young people to express themselves. Mike Also knew other professional artists would be moved to share their passion for the arts with these kids.
Since then, Mike and other professional musicians, visual artists, filmmakers and actors have been returning to the most challenged ‘fly-in’ communities year after year to provide arts workshops and to share their love of the arts with youth. Over 11,000 harmonicas and thousands of other musical instruments have been donated to date.