Saskatchewan Conference has long been a member of the Saskatchewan Council for International Cooperation. SCIC helps Saskatchewan people act on their desire to make the world a better place by educating us about global issues like poverty, health, and human rights, and encouraging individuals to take meaningful action. All of these are in keeping with the United Church’s understanding of the social gospel. Our faith commitments to social justice don’t stop at our borders; they include all God’s people and all creation.
But now we need to take action for SCIC.
The June 1 provincial budget hit many Saskatchewan programs hard, including education and people living in poverty. Buried in the details of the budget was an almost $500,000 cut which effectively removed the government’s support for SCIC. Projects funded through government matching dollars “range from maternal health and food security, to co-operative business development, teacher training, children’s rights, emergency response, and more.”
What can we do?
- Contact your MLA and let them know you do not support these cuts to Saskatchewan’s international development program
- Not in the province? Contact Premier Brad Wall
- Write a letter to the editor of your local newspaper
- Share the news release and your reaction to the cuts via social media and email
- Share your thoughts on the impact of these cuts on SCIC members’ work. Send them to firstname.lastname@example.org
For more information, see SCIC’s press release:
Sharron Bodnaryk is the Conference connection to SCIC and Julie Graham is the staff connection.