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

The Difficult Journey out of Afghanistan after the Taliban Takeover

Thursday, May 26, 2022 12:00 PM

YouTube Livestream

Mahdi and Jennel Taheri ,

Mahdi will share his journey crossing the gate as Afghanistan fell and the events leading up to it. He will also cover current events, what to believe and what not to believe as well as his process times and integration into first, the United States and now into Canada.

How are Albertans likely to be Affected by the recent UCP Leadership Review?

Thursday, June 2, 2022 12:00 PM

YouTube Livestream

Dr. Duane Bratt , Political science Professor in the Department of Economics, Justice, and Policy Studies at Mount Royal University

The United Conservative Party (UCP) members voted by mail-in ballots from April 9 to May 11 whether or not they have confidence in their leader and on May 18, 2022, the result was scheduled to be announced.

Colonialism and COVID-19: The Effect of Public Health and Anti-maskers on Vulnerable Populations

Thursday, June 9, 2022 12:00 PM

YouTube Livestream

Kathleen Mah ,

Kathleen hopes to illuminate the ongoing colonial agenda and its extension into COVID-19 and public health relations. Particularly, she will focus on how anti-mask groups- who refer to themselves as Freedom Fighters have interacted with formal institutions like public health, and vice versa, to create expendable populations during the COVID-19 pandemic.

What are the Possibilities and Challenges of Virtual and Augmented Reality?

Thursday, June 16, 2022 12:00 PM

YouTube Livestream

Michael McCready ,

People increasingly spend a lot of time looking at screens and particularly so during these past two years of the Covid pandemic.

Recent Sessions

Recent Sessions

Canadian Red Cross – An Overview and Update on Current Responses

Thursday, May 19, 2022 12:00 PM

YouTube Livestream

Mark Holzer ,

The Canadian Red Cross has played a significant role in Canadian society for over 120 years, helping people and communities in Canada and around the world in times of need and supporting communities in strengthening their resilience.

Why Did Russia Invade Ukraine in 2022? The Historical and Contemporary Causes of the War

Thursday, May 12, 2022 12:00 PM

YouTube Livestream

Dr. Chris Burton , Associate Professor of History

On February 24, 2022, Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered an invasion of Ukraine by Russian armed forces that for weeks had been gathering along their border.

“Access Block” What is it and what are the challenges facing the Alberta Health Care System?

Thursday, May 5, 2022 12:00 PM

YouTube Livestream

Dr. Paul Park , MD, FRCPC

The speaker will define and provide examples of “Access Block” within our Health Care system, and discuss what it means for patients and patient outcomes.

Pandemics: Community-based responses to HIV, AIDs and COVID-19

Thursday, April 28, 2022 12:00 PM

YouTube Livestream

Stephen Lewis Foundation ,

The Stephen Lewis Foundation will share how their community-based partners in South Africa are safeguarding the years of progress made in the fight against HIV and AIDs while battling the challenges of COVID-19.