Saskatchewan

Regional Centre of Expertise on Education for
Sustainable Development in Saskatchewan
(RCE Saskatchewan)

 

Who has participated in developing RCE Saskatchewan?

RCE Saskatchewan was endorsed by and involves academic faculty and employees from 8 higher education institutions in Saskatchewan including:

 

Other groups that formally endorsed and/or participated in the application submitted to the United Nations University included:

  • Canadian Plains Research Center, U of R
  • Centre for Sustainable Communities, U of R
  • City of Regina
  • City of Saskatoon
  • Craik Sustainable Living Project (CSLP)
  • Dunlop Art Gallery
  • Environment Canada
  • L*A*M*B* Environmental and Educational Consulting, Inc.
  • Prairie Adaptation Research Collaborative (PARC)
  • Regina EcoLiving Inc.
  • Road Map 2020
  • Royal Saskatchewan Museum
  • Saskatchewan Ministry of the Environment
  • Saskatchewan Science Centre
  • SaskPower
  • Town of Craik
  • University of Regina Students for Sustainability (URSS)

Many other businesses, NGO's, government departments, and other organizations have participated in RCE Saskatchewan projects and events since its acknowledgement by the United Nations University in 2007.​

 

How is RCE Saskatchewan supported?

To date, RCE Saskatchewan has relied on in-kind and financial support from a number of the above organizations, and especially the participating academic organizations. It also relies heavily on the voluntary contributions of individuals within the participating organizations as well as volunteers from the region. Support is typically targeted at particular projects such as the annual RCE Saskatchewan Education for Sustainable Development Recognition Event, the RCE website and inventory of ESD projects, or the RCEs collaborative work with the Sustainability and Education Academy (SEdA) of York University.

 

When was the RCE Saskatchewan developed and formally recognized?

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 October 15, 2006. After formal review by the Ubuntu Committee of Peers in Paris in December, 2006, RCE Saskatchewan was informed that it had been formally recognized by the United Nations University on January 10, 2007. Celebrations for the acknowledgment of RCE Saskatchewan took place in the city of Regina and the town of Craik on March 1, 2007, and in Saskatoon on March 2, 2007.

 

What is the geographic region included in RCE Saskatchewan?

The RCE region initially included the corridor following Highway 11 between Regina and Saskatoon and has since expanded to include many more communities. To date it has included organizational and individual participants from the communities of Craik, Nipawin, Melfort, Moose Jaw, Fort Qu'Appelle, Regina, and Saskatoon. Its boundaries mirror the Moist Mixed Grassland and Aspen Parkland Ecoregions in Saskatchewan. The boundaries have evolved based on interest expressed from communities.

 

What are the issues identified by the region as a priority for Education for Sustainable Development?

The nine priority issues identified by the region include:

  • climate change
  • health and healthy lifestyles
  • farming and local food production,consumption, and waste minimization
  • 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

 

RCE Saskatchewan also focuses on two cross-cutting themes: (1) sustaining rural communities and (2) educational approaches for regional ESD. RCE Saskatchewan identifies and promotes educational initiatives for each issue and theme along with facilitating research into these educational activities.

Why is RCE Saskatchewan important for the province?

RCE Saskatchewan allows the province to formally link up with regions around the world that are on the cutting edge of sustainable development. This important networking and research opportunity is supported and made possible by the United Nations University. RCE Saskatchewan enables the province to identify, understand, and build on opportunities in Education for Sustainable Development at a regional level while learning from the educational experiences of others around the world. The dedicated focus of the network on research into Education for Sustainable Development recognizes the vital role education plays in the broad transformations needed for more sustainable ways of living.

 

How can I learn more or get involved in RCE Saskatchewan?

General information about RCE Saskatchewan can be found at its main website at: www.saskrce.ca

Information about RCE Saskatchewan's work in pre-kindergarten to grade 12 (pre-K to 12) formal education can be found at: www.rceed.ca

Information about the annual RCE Saskatchewan Education for Sustainable Development Recognition Event can be found at: www.rceskrecognitionevent.com

Annual reporting by RCE Saskatchewan and other RCEs to the UN University can be found on the Global RCE Portal at: www.rce-network.org/portal/all-annual-reports

 

How can I contact RCE Saskatchewan?

RCE Saskatchewan's two co-coordinators are:​
Dr. Roger A. Petry, Luther College at the University of Regina
Tel. (306) 585-5295
E-mail: Roger.Petry@uregina.ca

Ms. Carol Reyda, University of Regina
Tel. (306) 337-2347
E-mail: Carol.Reyda@uregina.ca

In addition, contact information for coordinators of the various RCE Saskatchewan working groups is available on the RCE Saskatchewan website at:

http://www.saskrce.ca/contact