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

Recent Sessions

Recent Sessions

Annual General Meeting

Tuesday, June 29, 2021 10:00 AM


Members of the SACPA Board ,

Approval of Agenda and appointment of Secretary Adoption and discussion of Minutes – June 22, 2020 Annual Reports: Chairperson Finance Committee & Treasurer’s Report and Budget for 2021-2022

An Educator’s Perspective on Alberta’s Proposed Draft Curriculum

Thursday, June 24, 2021 10:00 AM


Ken Rogers and Kelly Frewin ,

Educators know all curricula need timely revision and many are concerned about the most recent draft K-6 curriculum proposed by the government of Alberta.

The Deadly Effects of Residential Schools in Canada: How is that Remediable?

Monday, June 21, 2021 10:00 AM


Dr. Terri-Lynn Fox and Elder Keith Chief Moon ,

At least 150,000 Indigenous youths were forced into Indian Residential Schools (IRS) between the 1870s and 1990s. They were run by Canadian/Provincial governments and religious authorities.

“Immigration Matters” Why Canada supports immigration?

Thursday, June 17, 2021 10:00 AM


Najib Mangal , Manager of Community Connections and Employment programs at Immigrant Services of Lethbridge Family Services

In October 2020, the Federal Government announced its 2021-2022 Immigration Level Plan. The government is hoping to bring a targeted 1.

Is Harm Reduction and Empathy the Main Pillars when Battling Drug Dependency?

Monday, June 14, 2021 12:00 PM


Dr. Esther Tailfeathers , Physician

While painkilling medicine has been around for a very long time, Fentanyl is a powerful addictive opioid painkiller, the use of which has caused an increasing public health threat in Canada and elsewhere.

Alberta allows for Public Participation in Resource Development, but what are the Parameters and who are deemed Stakeholders?

Thursday, June 10, 2021 10:00 AM


Shaun Fluker , Associate Professor, Faculty of Law, University of Calgary

Public participation is widely considered to be an essential component of any legitimate exercise of state power over resource development and environmental decision-making.

“Alberta’s War Room” and the “Steve Allan Inquiry”: Worth the Money or Millions Wasted?

Thursday, June 3, 2021 10:00 AM


Markham Hislop , Energy journalist

After Jason Kenney became Premier of Alberta on April 30, 2019, he followed through on his campaign promise and set in motion the “energy war room” or the Canadian Energy Centre CEC) as it was named when launched in Dec 2019.

Are severe Funding Cuts to U of L and Lethbridge College likely to have both Short and Long-Term Consequences for the Lethbridge Economy?

Thursday, May 27, 2021 10:00 AM


Cyndi Vos , CEO of the Lethbridge Chamber of Commerce

Over the past two years, tenths of millions of public education dollars have been cut from Lethbridge’s two post-secondary institutions budgets, resulting initially in hundreds of directly lost jobs and as well, hefty increases in tuition for students.