Students will be inspired to create social change when We Day visits the province for the first time this spring.
The free student event, which will be supported by PotashCorp and organized by Canadian non-profit Free the Children, is planning to motivate and educate 15,000 student attendees from across the province about social justice issues.
“[Free the Children] created We Day as a nation movement… and we would not be national without Saskatchewan,” children rights activist Craig Kielburger told Metro when he was in the Regina on Monday.
Kielburger, who helped found Free the Children when he was 12-years old, is traveling across Canada with the We Day tour and came to Saskatchewan between the Vancouver and Calgary events. He talked to school boards and teachers in Regina and Moose Jaw about how students can gain access to the much-hyped event.
All students commit to a yearlong program with Free the Children and must perform at least one local and one global charitable action.
“We Day will really be a celebration of what students in the province are doing to make a difference in their community,” said Kielburger.
We Day Saskatchewan will take place at the Credit Union Centre in Saskatoon on Feb. 27 and performers and speakers have yet to be announced.
Other We Day speakers include Archbishop Desmond Tutu, actor Martin Sheen, Liberal MP Justin Trudeau and performances by Nelly Furtado and Jennifer Hudson. More than 100,000 students have participated in We Day in the last five years.