International Development Week (IDW) is a national initiative that seeks to inspire Canadians, and youth in particular, to learn more about and contribute actively to ending global poverty, advancing human rights and gender equality, and improving equitable access to health and education the world over. Throughout the week, Saskatchewan will join the rest of Canada to promote this initiative, and we hope you can join us!
This year IDW will take place from February 2-8, 2020. The theme is #GoForTheGoals, referring to the United Nations’ 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and its 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Learn about International Development Week 2020 across Canada, and check out some events below happening right here in Saskatchewan!
Our Pillar Events
Every year, the Saskatchewan Council for International Cooperation hosts an event in both Regina and Saskatoon celebrating the renowned global citizens in our province! These global citizen awards are given to people who have time and time again stood out in our community as making a real impact towards sustainable change getting us closer to the Sustainable Development Goals, set out by the United Nations!
This year we are doing things a little differently than simply two award ceremonies, in light of our 30th anniversary hosting these events.
In Saskatoon, we are still going to celebrate four amazing award winners, all currently making a significant impact on our society! This award ceremony is free to attend and will be catered. This year we are pleased to announce our award winners being Carol Reimer Wiebe, Dick and Kathy Braun, Karen Farmer, and Ray Funk. To read more about our winners, check out our page featuring all of their inspiring stories!
In Regina, again due to the 30th anniversary of International Development Week, SCIC is not going to be hosting an awards ceremony. Instead, we are bringing together winners from over the years for a celebration gala, at the MacKenzie Art Gallery! Please join us on February 8th to celebrate and inspire a new generation of Global Citizens.
Together, we can achieve a more just and sustainable world where no one is left behind.
This is a free event and donations are welcome at the door, hosted by Saskatchewan Council for International Cooperation (SCIC), the Canadian Foodgrains Bank and the University of Regina Faculty of Social Work.
Common Strength explores the common bond between farmers in the Global South and in Canada. The film illuminates the courage and strength of the people who produce our food, as well as the risks that are inherent in an industry where so much is beyond the control of farmers. The film explores what can happen when you unleash the potential of women farmers, who make up the vast majority of the world’s food producers. The film documents the encounter between Colleen Dyck, a farmer and entrepreneur from Manitoba who traveled to western Kenya to live and work alongside small-scale farmer Lucy Anyango.
The movie will be followed by a discussion led by the Canadian Foodgrains Bank Regional Representatives Rick and Jacquie Block.
Coast to Coast Broadcast Event
Get Creative, Go for the Goals!" will be an interactive artist-led youth workshop focussing on creating individual works of art that represent the SDGs (specifically SDG #11: Sustainable Cities and Communities) to be displayed at our 30th Anniversary IDW Gala in Regina, at Prairie Sky School, and around the City of Regina. The workshop will take place in a classroom at Prairie Sky School in Regina, SK with 11 students, grades 7 & 8. The live broadcast will feature the artist explaining the process of students creating their pieces, a commentary from the teacher on why teaching the SDGs is important, commentary from a student on why learning about the SDGs is important, and a brief look at the students creating.
This is not a public event, but we will be broadcasting the event live for you to tune in a watch. Follow our socials for updates where the stream will be taking place!