Saskatchewan’s Coalition to End Global Poverty
Who we are
The Saskatchewan Council for International Cooperation (SCIC) is a coalition of organizations and individuals working to advance sustainable global development. SCIC was formed in 1974 by international development and emergency relief agencies active in Saskatchewan.
Today our members include international development agencies, the peace-building and humanitarian bodies of major faith groups, educational organizations, solidarity groups, local community organizations, and local individuals committed to SCIC’s mission, vision, and principles.
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 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.
We are committed to the recognition of the dignity of all people and their right to self-determination, 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.
SCIC helps Saskatchewan people act on their desire to make the world a better place. We do this by educating Saskatchewan people about global issues like poverty, health, and human rights, and encouraging individuals to take meaningful action. Specifically, our objectives are achieved through:
- Providing a structure within which members can share, learn and grow by interacting with one another;
- Facilitating the provision of information and education about global issues;
- Advocating on international issues; and
- Administering grants in accordance with obligations to the Council’s funders.
Statement of Development Principles
- Development fosters and promotes the full realization of human rights and fundamental freedoms and moves beyond the provision of basic needs to self-determination, dignity, decent work, equity and justice.
- Development addresses the root causes of global inequality – not merely the symptoms – and promotes social justice through equitable distribution of power, wealth and access to resources.
- Development ensures gender equality and equity by enabling women to participate as fully empowered actors through access to education, resources, and participation in decision making and the democratic political process.
- Development ensures equitable participation of Indigenous cultures by promoting the right to self-determination, as well as economic, social and cultural development in accordance with the unique needs and interests of Indigenous peoples. Development strengthens Indigenous institutions, cultures and traditions.
- Development promotes environmental sustainability and includes urgent responses to climate crisis with a focus on justice for present and future generations.
- Development promotes peaceful solutions to conflict and commits to people’s right to live with freedom, security and peace.
- Development promotes strategic, equitable and sustainable partnerships based on mutual trust, respect, equal participation and solidarity. Development ensures respect for the diversity and plurality of views of all stakeholders.
- Development supports the empowerment and democratic participation of people regarding the policies and development initiatives that affect their lives, with an emphasis on improving the lives of the most vulnerable.
- Development commits to mutual learning through the creation and sharing of knowledge, especially the wisdom of local and Indigenous communities.
- Development incorporates transparency and reflection in its operations through consultation, monitoring, evaluation and accountability to beneficiaries, partners, donors and governments.