Diversity and Inclusiveness

Saskatchewan’s population is becoming more culturally diverse… IS YOUR ORGANIZATION READY?

Over the past 10 years, Saskatchewan has experienced a significant demographic shift in its population – and all indications show that this trend will continue. Two major trends are contributing to a more culturally diverse population: the continued growth of the First Nations and Métis youth demographic and increased immigration.

 
Source: Encyclopedia of Saskatchewan,
Canadian Plains Research Centre, 2006

The non-profit organizations that reassess, rethink and revamp to ensure they offer the most inclusive programs and services – engaging increasingly diverse members, participants, volunteers and audiences - will remain sustainable for years to come.


WHAT YOUR ORGANIZATION SHOULD KNOW

In 2013, the Tri-Global organizations – Sask Sport, SaskCulture and Saskatchewan Parks and Recreation Association - contracted McNair Business Development to collect data that would provide the sport, culture and recreation sectors with current and relevant information that would help in assessing Saskatchewan’s evolving demographics.

The report contains:

Key Observations: This section capture high-level trends and main findings to highlight some of the specific data for individual Districts, based on geography, including population demographics, gender, community size, student population and economics.

Users’ Guide/Evaluation Tool: This tool was designed to assist the reader to access, interpret and eventually use the data and knowledge gained for future planning.

Read the report by McNair Business Development Inc., Assessment of Demographic & Community Data (October 30, 2013), to see the demographic make-up or your community. It is hoped that organizations can use this up-to-date information to assist them with issues related to participation, accessibility and capacity…and help them remain sustainable into the future.


SASKCULTURE EMBARKS ON INCLUSIVENESS STRATEGY

Since its inception, SaskCulture has always aimed at ensuring that cultural opportunities are inclusive, responsive and reflective of the changing face of the province. Now, to help organizations remain sustainable amid the changing demographics in the population, SaskCulture is working with its members and partners to ensure inclusiveness exists throughout the network. As one of its initial steps, SaskCulture contracted R. Anderson & Associates, in partnership with Schwalm & Associates, to undertake a study to assess the cultural network’s current capacity and ability to provide culturally inclusive services to the people of Saskatchewan. The consultants’ report, Engaging the Emerging Demographics (January 2014), provides insight into the current capacity of the sector, the different stages of organizational change and opportunities for SaskCulture to support growth in this area.

Visit the Diversity and Inclusiveness section in the Organizational Resources part of the website for even more helpful resources, information and links.