RCE Saskatchewan

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Rce details
Region:
THE AMERICAS
Country:
Canada
Overview
Date of RCE acknowledgement:
January, 2007
Description of RCE and Geographic Region:

The proposal for RCE Saskatchewan was developed over a two-year period and involved two workshops and extensive work by the RCE steering team and subcommittees. The final version of the proposal was submitted to the United Nations University on 15th October, 2006. After formal review by the Ubuntu Committee of Peers in Paris in December, 2006, RCE Saskatchewan was informed that it had been formally recognised by the United Nations University on 10th January, 2007. Celebrations for the acknowledgment of RCE Saskatchewan took place in the city of Regina and the town of Craik on 1st March, 2007, and in Saskatoon on 2nd March, 2007.

RCE Saskatchewan’s boundaries are located within the Moist Mixed Grassland ecoregion and the Aspen Parkland ecoregion in Saskatchewan, Canada. Regional livelihoods include agricultural livelihoods tied to the prairie ecosystem, resource extraction (minerals, oil and gas, potash), hunting and fishing, and technological innovation. Key participating communities include Craik, Nipawin, Melfort, Moose Jaw, Fort Qu'Appelle, Regina (the provincial capital city), and Saskatoon.

Geographic map of RCE Saskatchewan (prepared by Garth Pickard)

Goals and Objectives:

The goal of RCE Saskatchewan is transformative education that promotes sustainable lifestyles and livelihoods in the region while sharing knowledge and insights with other RCEs around the world. Education for Sustainable Development programs are designed to be locally relevant and culturally appropriate.

The objectives of RCE Saskatchewan include:

  • Literacy and access to quality basic education for all within the region
  • Identification of key issues of sustainability and sustainability projects in the region 
  • Open networks for knowledge sharing
  • Public awareness about sustainability in the region
  • Ongoing opportunities for collaborative work on ESD projects
  • Integration of sustainability into formal education curricula
  • Formal linkages (agreements) promoting ESD between organisations
  • Identification of current research in ESD and coordination of new ESD research projects
  • Development and incorporation of science and technology for ESD
  • Acknowledgment and celebration of success
  • Ongoing advocacy for ESD outcomes
  • Ongoing documentation of RCE activities
  • Ongoing measurement and evaluation of RCE initiatives

The nine priority issues identified by the region include:

  • climate change
  • health and healthy lifestyles
  • farming and local food production, consumption, and waste minimisation
  • reconnecting to natural prairie ecosystems
  • adapting and bridging cultures for sustainability
  • sustainable infrastructure including water and energy
  • building sustainable communities
  • K-12 education for sustainable development
  • youth
Organisation Hosting RCE Secretariat:

Luther College at the University of Regina (www.luthercollege.edu/)

Key Partners:

The following are founding partners of RCE Saskatchewan and are represtented on the RCE Saskatchewan Facilitaiton Group:

Additional partners/flagship projects include:

Activities
Current Activities:
  • Annual Education for Sustainable Development Recognition Event (https://www.rceskrecognitionevent.com/; http://www.saskrce.ca/recognition)
  • Activities of individual Ecomuseums in Saskatchewan (see links above)
  • Preservation and enhancement of wetlands in Saskatchewan and appropriate water management (vs. drainage)
  • Community engagement with potash mine development (see Chapter 1 “Community Knowledge Mobilisation for Sustainable Development in Saskatchewan”, in Academia and Communities: Engaging for Change (UNU-IAS, 2018)
  • Networking of sustainability conferences and other activities of partner organisations (see above partners)

2018 RCE Saskatchewan Recognition Event (Photo credit: Jill Forrester)

Upcoming Activities:
  • International Association of Universities (IAU) Cluster on Higher Education and Research for Sustainable Development (HESD): leading cluster on Sustainable/Responsible Consumption and Production (Sustainable Development Goal #12; http://iau-hesd.net/en/contenu/4648-iau-hesd-cluster.html)
  • Project to bring the voice of Traditional Knowledge Keepers into the science of climate change: Indigenous Research Capacity and Reconciliation – Connection Grant: Pa'ko'pi'ci'wak – Enhancing the Well-Being of the Qu’Appelle River Watershed Through Community Engagement and Research Capacity Building”
  • Participation in Americas RCE meetings and global RCE Conferences
Achievements:

Specific projects of the RCE include:

  • Annual ESD Recognition Events (10th celebration occurred in 2018)
  • Saskatchewan Ecomuseums Initiative (SEI)
  • The Sustainability and Education Policy Network (SEPN): Leading Through Multi-Sector Learning
  • Voluntary Sector Studies Network
  • Community Collaboration for Potash Mine Engagement
  • Empowering for Conservation: Water Drainage and Wetlands Protection on the Canadian Prairies
Communication Channels
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Contact Details
Main RCE Contact:
Dr. Roger A. Petry, Luther College at the University of Regina
Roger.Petry@uregina.ca
Secondary RCE Contact:
Ms. Carol Reyda, University of Regina
Carol.Reyda@uregina.ca
RCE Youth Coordinator(s):
General RCE email:
RCE mailing address for correspondence:

RCE Saskatchewan
c/o Dr. Roger Petry
Luther College at the University of Regina
3737 Wascana Parkway
Regina, Saskatchewan
Canada S4S 0A2