This invitation comes to us from the Saskatchewan Council for International Cooperation, of which Saskatchewan Conference is a member.
The Inter-Council Network (ICN), of which SCIC is a member, has prepared a submission to Global Affairs Canada’s review of the agency’s international assistance policies and priorities.
The submission reflects input gathered from all member Councils across the country. Now, we’re looking for your opinion on the draft version of our report.
READ THE DRAFT
Background: On May 18, 2016, the Honourable Marie-Claude Bibeau, Minister of International Development and La Francophonie, launched a public review and consultation of Canada’s international assistance policy and funding framework.
This International Assistance Review (IAR) will inform how Canada can best refocus its international assistance on the poorest and most vulnerable people and support fragile states. It will also shape Canada’s approach to implementing the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. As part of the IAR, the Minister is placing a special emphasis on the rights of women and girls, and plans to apply a feminist approach to Canada’s international assistance activities going forward.
Following your review of the draft report (accessible here), please answer the survey questions. The survey has 14 questions and should take no more than 10 minutes to complete. Your responses are confidential and results will not be attributed to any specific organization or individual. The survey will be open until Tuesday, July 19th at 5:00 pm PST / 8:00 pm EST.
Thank you for your input! In the coming weeks, the draft submission will be revised to reflect inputs from the survey, and submitted by the end of July 2016.
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.
Saskatchewan Council for International Cooperation has published their summer newsletter. Please click on the link below to check out information about:
- Educators Wanted for Voluntary Research Study
- SCIC’s Global Citizen Youth Leaders
- Next Up Leadership Program (Saskatchewan)
- SCIC Events including: 2015 Youth Leadership Camp and a Book Club gathering in August. The book to be discussed – This Changes Everything by Naomi Klein.
Welcome to the Local Global Advocacy Network information site. This site is the gathering spot for the many aspects of the justice work of the Saskatchewan Conference of the United Church of Canada.
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