SCIC Annual Report 2020

SaskCouncil

Annual Report

2019/2020

SASKCIC.ORG


TABLE OF CONTENTS

Message from the Executive Director 03

About SCIC 06

ICN Spur & FIT 09

Program Highlights 12

Public Engagement Impact 16

Financial Overview 17


MESSAGE

FROM OUR DIRECTOR

JESSICA WOOD

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

It goes without saying that we are in the midst of an

unprecedented time, the pandemic has affected us all, as a

network based organization, a community and a world.

It can be challenging to think back to a time before this

pandemic. Yet starting in April 2019, the 2019/2020 program

year represented renewal, growth, and significant milestones for

SCIC, each worth recognising. With the granting of a new fouryear

funding agreement from Global Affairs Canada, the Inspiring

Action for Global Citizenship Program has meant welcoming four

new staff members to our team, expanded youth and global

citizenship education programming, increased engagement with

local network partner initiatives, and a celebration of 30 years

of the Global Citizen Awards here in Saskatchewan. By delivering

in-person events, capacity and leadership training opportunities,

and strengthened distribution of our global citizenship education

resources, we inspired Canadians throughout the program year to

look deeper, and take action toward a better world.

The close of the program year in March coincided with the

initial COVID-19 lockdown, and as a result pushed our team to

think outside the box, pivot and adapt our public engagement

programming to this new reality. Regardless of the challenge at

hand our Council has proven to be resilient and our team effective.

COVID-19 will end, however the lessons learned and opportunities

for increased global cooperation and solidarity will remain.

Thank you for continuing to be a part of our vision and for helping

us work toward a more just and sustainable world.


TOGETHER, A

BETTER WORLD IS

POSSIBLE

WHO WE ARE



THE COUNCIL

SCIC is a network of organizations and individuals dedicated to global understanding,

cooperation, peace and justice. Collectively, we work together to connect people to the

information and ideas they need to be great global citizens and take meaningful action

for a more just and sustainable world.

2019/2020 BOARD OF DIRECTORS

• Leta Atkinson | Co-President

• Lynn Gidluck | Co-President

• Angeline Chia | Secretary

• Judith Rugobya | Treasurer

• Katie Bergman

• Susan Fowler-Kerry

• Ofelia Raquinio

• Nicole Lamers

• Devon Anderson

ORGANIZATIONAL MEMBERS

• ADRA Canada (Adventist Development and Relief

Agency)

• Canadian Lutheran World Relief

• Blue Sky Cultural Connections

• Bonding Together for a Brighter Future:

Encounters and Dialogue with Cuernavaca,

Mexico

• Development and Peace

• Equality Fund

• Fair Trade Saskatoon

• Global Health Committee, U of S College of

Medicine

• GreenRoots Sustainable Living Inc.

• HOPE International Development Agency

• International Office, University of Saskatchewan

• KAIROS Regina

• Karen Community of Regina

• Mennonite Central Committee

• Mozambique Building Fund

• NASHI

• National Farmers Union

• Presbyterian World Service & Development

• Primate’s World Relief and Development Fund

• Saskatchewan Intercultural Association

• SeedChange (formerly USC)

• The Ahaan Foundation Inc.

• United Church of Canada

• United Nations Association in Canada Saskatoon

Branch

• UR International

• WUSC

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PROGRAM STAFF

THOMAS GALLET

Program and

Media Assistant

TATENDA MHAKA

Youth Program

Coordinator

DENISE MACDONALD

Member Services and

Network Coordinator

ARIA RAMDEO

Special Projects and

Campaign Coordinator

AMY BOSCHE

Education Program

Coordinator

ARLENE JANZEN

Finance Officer

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ABOUT SCIC

MISSION

The Saskatchewan Council for International Cooperation (SCIC) builds momentum

towards a just, equitable, and sustainable world by enhancing the capacity of our

members, educating and inspiring the public to take action, and creating connections

among those we serve.

VALUES

We are committed to the recognition of the dignity of all people and their right to selfdetermination,

to the protection of the world’s fragile environment, to the equitable

distribution of power, and to the promotion of global understanding, cooperation, peace

and justice through mutual learning, partnership, transparency and solidarity.

VISION

We want to live in a Saskatchewan where our citizens are engaged global citizens, where

equality, peace, and justice are the motivating principles pushing Saskatchewan towards

an equitable societal shift.

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NATIONAL COALITION PROGRAMS

SCIC is one of eight Provincial and Regional Councils for International Cooperation that together make

up the Inter-Council Network (ICN). Collectively, we represent more than 350 diverse civil society

organizations (CSOs) across Canada.

The ICN provides a national forum in which SCIC can bring regional knowledge and priorities from

Saskatchewan forward in support of identifying collective actions for improved effectiveness. Two of these

collective initiatives are the Fund for Innovation and Transformation (FIT), and Spur Change. Each of these

new national ICN initiatives were implemented during the 2019/2020 program year.

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GLOBAL CITIZENSHIP

STARTS HERE

WHAT WE DO


PROGRAM HIGHLIGHTS

Supporting Canadians along a continuum toward sustained, active engagement for a more just and

sustainable world requires a variety of targeted public engagement approaches. By maintaining much

of our programming focus on educators and youth during the 2019/2020 program year, SCIC was able

to support a deepening of engagement through in-person, and on-line events, resource sharing and

communications based initiatives.

MAKING GLOBAL TO

LOCAL CONNECTIONS

In partnership with SCIC, Regina’s Cuernavaca Project brought the powerful voice and experience of

Carmen Bahena Bahena into classrooms and public fora in Saskatchewan in the fall of 2019.

As Director of the Centre for Encounters and Dialogues in Cuernavaca, Morelos, Mexico, Carmen is a

strong voice for women’s rights, self-determination, social justice and food security. As an innovator and

leader, Carmen combines her passion for social justice and ecological sustainability with her passion for

social enterprise. Some of her initiatives include the production of healthy and safe organic food to both

promote jobs and food sovereignty. She leads workshops on eco-technologies including natural building

and dry ecological sanitation. Her development of greenhouses and local market gardens facilitate the

production of cash crops and a regular source of income for rural women. In addition, the development

and distribution of ecologically sound stoves has led to improved respiratory health of local women.

Carmen’s initiatives serve to promote environmental protection as well as improve health and well-being

for women, youth and communities, both in Mexico and Canada.

In recognition of World Food Day, Carmen gave a highly engaging presentation that highlighted

connections between ecology and economy, and the role of citizen advocacy in pursuit of systematic

change. These messages and calls to action were echoed in the numerous high school classrooms in

Regina that welcomed Carmen in for presentations.

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CELEBRATING 30 YEARS

OF SASKATCHEWAN

GLOBAL CITIZENS

This year SCIC celebrated a jam packed International Development Week under the theme Go for the

Goals, pushing us closer to reaching the Sustainable Development Goals set out by the United Nations.

SCIC takes International Development Week as a medium to connect, and celebrate the inspiring work

being done by people across Saskatchewan, and to create new energy and partnerships for sustainable

development.

Traveling across Saskatchewan we delivered awards to recipients in both Saskatoon and Prince Albert

recognizing work with multiple groups including Fair Trade Saskatoon and SeedChange. This year we also

celebrated our thirtieth anniversary, which included a Global Citizen Gala held in Regina to celebrate the

work of all past recipients of the Global Citizen Awards and producing a retrospective reflecting their work

throughout the decades.

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INSPIRING YOUTH

LEADERS

Over 8,000 world leaders, practitioners, activists, youth leaders, advocates, and academics came together

for the 2019 International Women Deliver Conference in Vancouver to drive progress on gender equality

through the lens of power.

SCIC’s Executive Director accompanied a group of youth delegates from across the country to this

empowering week-long opportunity in May 2019. The youth delegate from Saskatchewan was Lexie Obey,

a Plains Cree Métis women, youth care worker and a recent graduate of the Human Justice program at

the University of Regina. Her life and work experience has cultivated a passion for understanding and

working against inequality and injustices within her community.

“I WAS DETERMINED TO FIND SOMETHING, SOMEONE OR SOME ISSUE TO RELIGHT THE LITTLE FIRE

INSIDE. WOMEN DELIVER DID JUST THAT, BUT IN WAYS I COULD HAVE NEVER IMAGINED.”

When Lexie returned home from Women Deliver she felt more prepared to share stories of value and hope

in her everyday life. “the connections I made with other young leaders at the conference had a significant

impact on me. Following the sessions I spent entire evenings with other delegates talking about lived

experiences, empowerment, what real change looks like in each of our lives and communities.

Everyone I connected with wanted to know more, wanted to be a part of something bigger and wanted to

create change. It was infectious.” In her role as a youth care worker, Lexie wears many hats, she is a role

model, friend, storyteller and mentor. She has carried the spark from her experience at Women Deliver

into her work and community here is Saskatchewan, “Participating as a youth delegate at Women Deliver

provided me with stories of hope and passion to pass on to other youth.”

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GLOBAL CITIZENSHIP

EDUCATION

Global Citizenship Education is a way to guide students to understand and critique an increasingly

interconnected and interrelated world, develop conscious citizenship skills, become more aware of

personal impacts, and explore their roles and responsibilities as global citizens locally and globally. This

past program year, SCIC has supported practicing and pre-service teachers throughout Saskatchewan, and

beyond, to deliver GCE in a meaningful way in their classrooms.

SCIC has a series of GCE Modules that are available on our website. These modules are full of peerreviewed

lesson plans, activities and resources to support teachers with teaching Global Citizen Education

in their classrooms. SCIC’s GCE resources were highlighted at 2 national conferences, and accessed by 223

people during the program year.

GENERATING

MOMENTUM

2019 marked 10 years of the Generating Momentum Youth Leadership Training Program. In partnership

with RPIRG, SCIC took this long-standing youth leadership program on the road for 3 separate arts-based

sessions in Regina, Saskatoon and Prince Albert. We further engaged past participants and facilitators in

focus group discussions to reflect on lessons learned from the past 10 years and begin strategic visioning

for the next 10.

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PUBLIC ENGAGEMENT IMPACT

191,496 816

PEOPLE REACHED

THROUGH SCIC

PUBLIC ENGAGEMENT.

YOUTH LEADERS

TRAINED AND

SUPPORTED.

187

EDUCATION

RESOURCES

MADE AVAILIABLE.

1,437

EDUCATORS

ENGAGED WITH GCE.

114 45

CAPCITY BUILDING

PARTICIPANTS.

NETWORK

PARTNERSHIPS.

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PARTNER EVENTS

SUPPORTED.

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FINANCIALS

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SCIC gratefully acknowledges major funding support from Global Affairs Canada:

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Contact Us

Saskatchewan Council for International Cooperation

2138 McIntyre Street | Treaty 4 Territiory | Regina, SK | S4P 2R7

Phone : (+306) 757-4669

Email: info@saskcic.org

Website: www.saskcic.org

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