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.

SACPA sessions are now in person at the LSCO (Lethbridge Senior Citizen Organization) at 500 11 St. S. Lethbridge, lunch at 11:30 am, speaker 12:00 to 1:00 and made available on our YouTube channel for viewing and you are invited to explore them on our YouTube channel.

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 Bail Conundrum.

Thursday, June 8, 2023 12:00 PM

Lethbridge Senior Citizens Organization (LSCO) Dining Room

Ingrid Hess and James Rouleau ,

Our talk is meant to help people understand the Canadian Bail System better and to explain the newest changes to the system that the government is proposing.

Will Danielle Smith Heed the Election Message Urban Voters in Alberta Sent Her?

Thursday, June 15, 2023 12:00 PM

Lethbridge Senior Citizens Organization (LSCO) Atrium Dining Room 500 - 11 Street South, Lethbridge, AB

Dr. Duane Bratt. ,

The 2023 Alberta provincial election is history and the UCP won a majority government. However, their majority was reduced from 63-24 to 49-38, which included several cabinet ministers losing their seat.

Notice of Annual General Meeting for SACPA (Southern Alberta Council on Public Affairs) on Thursday June 15, 2023 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm At LSCO (Lethbridge Senior Citizen Organization) 500-11 Street S, Lethbridge, AB

Thursday, June 15, 2023 1:00 PM

Lethbridge Senior Citizens Organization (LSCO) Dining Room


SACPA’s AGM is scheduled immediately following the final 2022 – 2023 session featuring Dr. Duane Bratt. Cake & refreshments to be enjoyed!

Recent Sessions

Recent Sessions

What are the likely impacts of Lethbridge & District Exhibition’s new $75 million Agri-Food Hub & Trade Centre on our local economy?

Thursday, June 1, 2023 12:00 PM

Lethbridge Senior Citizens Organization

Mike Warkentin , CEO of Lethbridge & District Exhibition

Lethbridge & District Exhibition is a pillar in the Lethbridge community. As a not-for-profit corporation founded in 1897, it operates and maintains seventy-two acres of land on the east bank of Henderson Lake and exists to ensure that the people of Lethbridge and district have a community gathering place now and in the future at which to participate in events, conduct business, learn, and be entertained.

In addressing Lethbridge’s Homelessness and Addiction crises, what role does the SAGE Clan Patrol play? with Mark Brave Rock

Thursday, May 25, 2023 12:00 PM

Lethbridge Senior Centre Organization

Mark Brave Rock , Josh Cummins and Amy Cran

Secure, Assist, Guard and Engage (SAGE) Clan is a grassroots organization that specializes in engaging those who need it the most in our community.

Vaccines, Evolution, Trust and Progress

Thursday, May 18, 2023 12:00 PM

Lethbridge Senior Citizens Organization

Bryson Brown ,

Histories of vaccination often begin in the late 18th century, with Dr. Edward Jenner and a milkmaid. But there was an earlier practice (variolation) in which samples of smallpox from (what were believed to be) less deadly outbreaks were used to protect patients against more severe versions of the disease.

SACPA Special Session A panel discussion on Addiction Issues and Best Practice

Monday, May 15, 2023 6:00 PM

Lethbridge Public Library - Theatre Gallery

Bonnie Lee, Chelsey DeGroot, Dennis Bremner, Dr. Esther Tailfeathers, and Robin James. ,

SACPA Special Session\ A panel discussion on Addiction Issues and Best Practice Monday May 15, 2023 - Lethbridge Public Library - Theatre Gallery - 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm Organizer and Moderator: Bev Muendel-Atherstone

“The Dirty Old Indian” MY CANADIAN HERO

Thursday, May 11, 2023 12:00 PM

Lethbridge Senior Citizens Organization

Tom Sindlinger ,

A tribute to a World War I Warrior. The presentation will provide an example of racism that was wrong then and continues to be wrong today …… high and unequivocal praise for Mike Mountain Horse, an inspiring and courageous Warrior who was buried for four days and wounded three times in World War I.