International Development Week 2021

BEtter for All: Diversity. Inclusion. Equality.

International Development Week (IDW) is a national initiative to engage Canadians from coast-to-coast-to-coast with the collective work of ending global poverty, advancing human rights, combating climate change and improving equitable access to health and education the world over. Throughout the week (February 7-13, 2021) SCIC will highlight contributions toward sustainable global development, that leaves no one behind, and share stories and skills for folks across Saskatchewan to get involved.

Inspired by Canada’s Feminist International Assistance Policy (FIAP) Action Area of Inclusive Governance, SCIC’s BEtter Campaign recognizes that sustainable development means institutions, policies, processes and services need to be accessible, accountable and responsive to all peoples. Change takes all of us; and a sustainable world is an equitable, diverse and inclusive world.

Learn about International Development Week 2021 across Canada, and check out some online events below happening right here in Saskatchewan!

Our Events


Art IS Social Action | Online Discussion

Does your changemaker toolbox include sharpies, paint, and a new perspective? Join us for a discussion with artists and activists about the role of art, creative action, and media in global social justice movements.

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Art IS Influence | Keynote with Notorious Cree

Notorious Cree (@NotoriousCree | joins SCIC to discuss the role of art in influencing social change. His talk will focus on sharing his journey and insights into how he uses social media and traditional art to educate and engage audiences from around the world with Indigenous culture.

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BEtter for All - Diversity. Inclusion. Equality. | Keynote with Samra Zafar

Join us for a keynote address from bestselling author Samra Zafar as she discusses the importance of equity in feminism and how we can address barriers and create solutions through a lens of intersectionality.

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IDW Classroom Art Contest

At SCIC we believe that art can make people stop and think, art can move people to action, but it doesn’t have to be traditional. Storytelling can be done in street art, in protest signs and across roadways (as in BLM on the streets of Washington, and rainbow crosswalks). We believe that art is activism!

The “BEtter for All: Diversity. Inclusion. Equality” Classroom Art Contest challenges you to get creative and inspire others using art. Add your voice, along with your classmates’ voices, to a global movement of creating diversity, inclusion, and equality for all.

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Youth Week of Action | Youth-Led Social Media Engagement

During #IDW2021 from Monday, February 8 to Friday, February 12, 2021, SCIC is encouraging youth to take part in a Week of Action in their communities to generate momentum towards a world that is BEtter for All: Diversity. Inclusion. Equality. 

Follow SCIC on all our social media platforms to participate and be a part of the movement @SaskCIC on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Art AS Engagement | Livestream with Bruno Hernani

Engage with artist and global justice activist Bruno Hernani (find him on Facebook) as he shares insights into the development of a large scale artist installation throughout the week via a social media live stream, and discusses how art can be used for social change.

Inspired by a strong message of human rights, peace, security, and intersectional discrimination, the final installation will incorporate Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) 3: health and well-being; SDG 5: gender equality; SDG 10: reducing inequalities; and SDG 16: peace, justice and strong institutions.

Global Citizen Awards

Saskatchewan Council International Cooperation’s Global Citizen Awards have been recognizing Saskatchewan changemakers making important contributions to international cooperation, peace and global justice for 30 years!

SCIC has made some changes to the Awards in 2021 to better reflect the spectrum of global changemakers we have in our community - we have expanded the categories to include a Lifetime Achievement Award category, a Youth Award category and an Emerging Global Citizen Award category.

Due to the current COVID-19 pandemic, we will not be holding in-person events during International Development Week and therefore will be showcasing the 2021 Global Citizen Awards online. This year, we will be featuring ALL 10 of our nominees throughout International Development Week by sharing highlights of inspirational stories with our network and beyond. These highlights will bring attention to and celebrate the incredible work you do.

Winners will be selected by a committee and announced at the end of International Development Week (February 7-13, 2021). Stay tuned to our channels as we share the contributions of these amazing individuals with you.

International Development Week events and programs are undertaken with the financial support of the Government of Canada provided through Global Affairs Canada.