About Southern Alberta Council on Public Affairs

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.

SACPA is a not-for-profit society and a volunteer Board of Directors manage its affairs with the assistance of six Standing Committees. To contact any member of the Board of Directors please email info@sacpa.ca.

SACPA is supported by the University of Lethbridge, where special sessions and speaker competitions are held, often organized in collaboration with the ULSU, LPIRG and the Campus Collective Centre.

All sessions are open to the public and media. SHAW SPOTLIGHT broadcast SACPA’s regular Thursday session every week. Lethbridge Herald report on nearly all SACPA sessions and other local media regularly interview speakers.

Upcoming Sessions

Upcoming Sessions

“Immigration Matters” Why Canada supports immigration?

Thursday, June 17, 2021 10:00 AM

Youtube

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.

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

Monday, June 21, 2021 10:00 AM

YouTube

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.

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

Thursday, June 24, 2021 10:00 AM

YouTube

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.

Annual General Meeting

Tuesday, June 29, 2021 10:00 AM

Zoom

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
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