RCE Saskatchewan

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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. The region faces extreme temperature variations, loss of wetlands and other habitat, precipitation variability and significant challenges due to changing climate on this northern prairie.

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:
Key Partners:

Name of organisation: University of Regina 
Role: Founding Partner
Contact name: Jocelyn Crivea
Contact email: jocelyn.crivea@uregina.ca

Name of organisation: University of Saskatchewan 
Role: Founding Partner
Contact name: Matt Wolsfeld
Contact email: matt.wolsfeld@usask.ca

Name of organisation: Saskatchewan Polytechnic 
Role: Founding Partner
Contact name: Curt Schroeder
Contact email: schroederc@saskpolytech.ca

Name of organisation: First Nations University of Canada 
Role: Founding Partner
Contact name: Arzu Sardarli
Contact email: asardarli@firstnationsuniversity.ca

Name of organisation: Campion College at the University of Regina 
Role: Founding Partner
Contact name: Katherine Arbuthnott
Contact email: katherine.arbuthnott@uregina.ca

Name of organisation: Luther College at the University of Regina 
Role: Founding Partner and Host Organization
Contact name: Roger Petry
Contact email: roger.petry@uregina.ca

Name of organisation: City of Regina 
Role: Founding Partner
Contact name: Peter Hagar
Contact email: PHAGAR@regina.ca

Name of organisation: City of Saskatoon 
Role: Founding Partner
Contact name: Shannon Dyck
Contact email: Shannon.Dyck@Saskatoon.ca

Name of organisation: Calling Lakes Ecomuseum 
Role: RCE Flagship Project
Contact name: Aura Lee MacPherson
Contact email: a.macpherson@mac-eng.ca

Name of organisation: Craik Sustainable Living Project
Role: Founding Partner
Contact name: Paul Stinson
Contact email: paul.stinson@sunwestsd.ca

Current Activities:

2019 RCE Saskatchewan Recognition Event (Photo credit: Jill Forrester)

Upcoming Activities:
  • Participation in 9th Americas RCE Virtual Meeting, October 13-14, 2020 and quarterly conference calls
  • "Sustaining Our Future" virtual gathering of service clubs and fraternal organizations in Saskatchewan, October 20, 2020
  • Preservation and enhancement of wetlands in Saskatchewan and appropriate water management (vs. drainage): November 3, 2020 Panel with Johnson Shoyama Graduate School of Public Policy: "Advancing Water Resiliency: Nature's Contribution to People and Agriculture"
  • RCE Saskatchewan Recognition Event hosted by Royal Saskatchewan Museum, Regina, May, 2021, coinciding with unveiling of new sustainability exhibit

Specific projects of the RCE include:

  • Annual ESD Recognition Events (12th celebration occurred in 2020)
  • Saskatchewan Ecomuseums Initiative (SEI)
  • The Sustainability and Education Policy Network (SEPN): Leading Through Multi-Sector Learning
  • Voluntary Sector Studies Network at Luther College (Regina)  
  • Community Collaboration for Potash Mine Engagement
  • Empowering for Conservation: Water Drainage and Wetlands Protection on the Canadian Prairies
Communication Channels
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Twitter handle:
Contact Details
Main RCE Contact:
Dr. Roger Petry, RCE Saskatchewan Co-coordinator
Secondary RCE Contact:
Ms. Margret Asmuss, RCE Saskatchewan Co-coordinator
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