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
FROM OUR 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.
BETTER WORLD IS
WHO WE ARE
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
• ADRA Canada (Adventist Development and Relief
• Canadian Lutheran World Relief
• Blue Sky Cultural Connections
• Bonding Together for a Brighter Future:
Encounters and Dialogue with Cuernavaca,
• Development and Peace
• Equality Fund
• Fair Trade Saskatoon
• Global Health Committee, U of S College of
• 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
• 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
• UR International
Member Services and
Special Projects and
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.
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.
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.
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.
WHAT WE DO
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
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.
CELEBRATING 30 YEARS
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
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.
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.”
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.
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.
PUBLIC ENGAGEMENT IMPACT
ENGAGED WITH GCE.
SCIC gratefully acknowledges major funding support from Global Affairs Canada:
Saskatchewan Council for International Cooperation
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