SACPA acknowledges that our events takes place on the lands of the Blackfoot People and Metis Nation of Alberta, Region lll and we pay respect to their past, present and future cultural heritage, beliefs and relationship to the land. SACPA commits to assist reconciliation efforts by raising awareness of the ways past and present injustices can be reconciled.

Southern Alberta Council on Public Affairs (SACPA) was founded in 1967. It is an independent forum, moderated by volunteers, meeting Thursdays at noon some 40 weeks a year and at occasional special sessions, to debate local, provincial, national, and international issues of concern to the residents of Lethbridge and Southern Alberta.

Because of the COVID 19 pandemic, SACPA sessions have been conducted via YouTube live streaming since April 2020.

The rationale of the Council is that the strength of a political democracy is lodged in the freedom of citizens to assemble and freely discuss ideas and issues. SACPA seeks to promote a sense of community and citizenship amongst the public. It is strictly non-partisan in its political outlook and encourages the expression of divergent viewpoints. SACPA does not take sides on the issues debated at its sessions. The opinions expressed by speakers are their own and are not necessarily shared by the Board of Directors.

Upcoming Sessions

Upcoming Sessions

Water Competition and Conflict

Thursday, January 20, 2022 12:00 PM

YouTube Livestream

Dena McMartin , faculty member, and Vice-President of Research at the University of Lethbridge

Many regions in the Canadian Prairies and American Midwest are managing declining water resources, lower snowfall volumes and less predictable precipitation events.

Domestic Abuse – A shift in perspective

Thursday, January 27, 2022 12:00 PM

Youtube Livestream

Nara Fedozzi , registered Social Worker

According to Stats Canada - Family Violence in Canada - a statistical profile in 2019, there were 107,810 victims of police-reported intimate partner violence in 2019, up from 99,000 in 2018.

Not Alone – Men's experiences of domestic abuse

Thursday, February 3, 2022 12:00 PM

YouTube Livestream

Stefan de Villiers , coordinator of the male domestic abuse outreach program (MDAOP)

Since 2006, the Calgary Counselling Centre has overseen a unique program, the Male Domestic Abuse Outreach Program (MDAOP), delivering services to men who have been impacted by family violence.

The Climate Emergency and the Future of Fossil Fuels

Thursday, February 10, 2022 12:00 PM

YouTube Livestream

Tzeporah Berman , International Program Director at Stand.earth

Having recently returned from COP26 Tzeporah will reflect on whether the climate negotiations were a breakthrough or a disappointment and discuss how the emergence of the Beyond Oil and Gas Alliance of countries and the proposed Fossil Fuel Non-proliferation Treaty Initiative relate to the future of oil and gas in Alberta and Canada.

Recent Sessions

Recent Sessions

Farming Humans

Thursday, January 13, 2022 12:00 PM

YouTube Livestream

Larry Elford ,

The speaker will account for his experiences during and after a two-decade financial career, and what he learned during the research and writing of his second book “Farming Humans”.

What did we Learn in Afghanistan?

Thursday, January 6, 2022 12:00 PM

YouTube Livestream

Preston Crow Chief , Sergeant

This past year, Canada, along with other allies, left Afghanistan after the Taliban overran Kabul and other major centers of that country.

Covid, Chaos and Christmas!

Thursday, December 16, 2021 12:00 PM

YouTube Livestream

Linda Hancock , Phd

The season that suggests we should have joy, peace and love can often instead be filled with busyness, financial demands and feelings of being overwhelmed.

Kindness to Others – A Perspective on the Addiction Crisis in Lethbridge

Thursday, December 9, 2021 12:00 PM

YouTube Livestream

Alvin Mills ,

There are many opinions on what is best practice when it comes to dealing with the serious addiction crises that is prevalent in today’s society and certainly Lethbridge is no exception.