Co-op Week is a time to reflect on the contributions the co-operative sector has made to the lives of Canadians and celebrate the impact that co-operatives have in our communities.
Co-op Week activities are held all across the country. Saskatchewan co-ops and credit unions are strong supporters of Co-op Week and don't hesitate to show their co-op pride. We use the week to celebrate our unique business model, as well as the contributions of co-op members -- and to proudly promote ourselves.
Co-op Week has been proclaimed across Canada every October since 1982. International Credit Union Day has been celebrated worldwide on the third Thursday of October since 1948.
Co-op Week is always held fom the Sunday to the Saturday of the week in which International Credit Union Day falls. (ICU Day is always the third Thursday of October.)
On this page:
- Co-op Week Publication featuring 8 SK co-ops, released Oct. 7
- Co-op Week #LocalCoopLove Online Scavenger Hunt, Oct 17-23
- The Saskatchewan Co-operative Merit Awards and Recipients, ceremony Oct 18
- Co-op Week Flag Raising Ceremony, Oct 18
- Co-op Week Lunch and Learn, Oct 18
- Saskatoon Co-op Week Film Screening + Lunch, Oct. 20 NEW!!
- International Credit Union Day, Oct 21
- Resources and Tips to Promote your Co-op and Credit Union
We are thrilled to be able to plan for some in person events for Co-op Week 2021! We want to hear about YOUR plans and activities before and during Co-op Week.
The Government of Saskatchewan has proclaimed October 17-23, 2021 as Co-operatives Week in Saskatchewan to recognize the importance of co-operative businesses for our province's economy and communities.
Presenting Jim Deane, president of the SCA board of directors, with this year's plaque is Muhammad Fiaz, MLA for Regina Pasqua.
With the new Saskatchewan Government Public Health Measures recently announced, please note that for our upcoming Co-op Week events:
- Masking will be required for our indoor events
- Proof of vaccination or a negative COVID test will be required for attendance at our indoor events
- Registered attendees will be provided with additional details in advance of the events.
CO-OP WEEK 2021 PUBLICATION
This special editorial feature appears in Prairie Dog and Planet S magazines – the province’s only co-operative media outlets.
Get your copy in the latest print issue of Prairie Dog or Planet S magazines. (pick up locations are found on their websites.) Or download from the home pages of https://prairiedogmag.com/ and https://planetsmag.com, or click on this LINK.
View previous Co-op Week features, a partnership between SCA and Planet S and Prairie Dog magazines HERE.
SASKATOON CO-OP WEEK FILM + LUNCH
October 20th, 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM, at the Saskatoon Inn. Register by October 13th.
Watch the Trailer: https://vimeo.com/ondemand/johnhoustonfilms/419419496
Join us for a screening of Atautsikut: Leaving None Behind, a film by John Houston, including a bag lunch that you can choose to eat on site, or take with you to eat on your own.
About the Film
A marginalized people rose up from humble beginnings, with nothing but their talent, their guiding principles, and their determination to leave none behind. The public has heard so many sad stories, but “Atautsikut/Leaving None Behind” reveals another aspect of the true North. In their own words, raw and unfiltered, the Nunavik Inuit and Cree recount their struggle and how their co-ops came shining through—a message of hope.
How did the Inuit and Cree of Nunavik (Northern Quebec) manage to transform their lives without relinquishing their values? Knowledge holders in “Atautsikut / Leaving None Behind” say art played a key role. It was carving sales that fueled the upstart co-operatives’ bid to break the monopoly of “the boss”—the Hudson’s Bay Company. Fifty years ago, those co-ops federated, to build a prosperous future for all—in keeping with their principle of leaving none behind. Listen as Elders reveal how a little patchwork of co-operatives banded together to come out from under the boss—and change their place in the world.
11:00 AM – Registration / Vaccine Status Check / Welcome
11:15 AM – 12:15 PM – Film Screening
12:15 PM – 1:00 PM – lunch / brown bag “take and go lunch” or eat onsite
$20 per person, which includes lunch.
At the door - credit card, cheque, or cash.
Courtyard Room, Saskatoon Inn and Conference Centre
2002 Airport Drive, Saskatoon
• Masks required unless eating your lunch
• Proof of vaccination or recent negative COVID test required
• This event will be in a room with a capacity for 60 people, and people will be seated at 2 per table, to provide as much social distancing as possible.
FLAG RAISING AND REGINA CO-OP WEEK LUNCHEON
You are invited to a Flag-Raising Ceremony to recognize Co-operatives Week in Saskatchewan.
Following the Flag Raising Ceremony, Saskatchewan Co-operative Association invites you to attend the Regina Co-op Week Luncheon featuring Nick Crighton, Director of Indigenous Engagement, Saskatchewan Chamber of Commerce.
*Both events are free to attend. However, you must RSVP by October 8, 2021 to attend either (or both) event.
- Flag Raising Ceremony
Monday, October 18, 2021 at 11:45 AM
Flag Pole Area, outside at the Legislative Building, Regina, Saskatchewan
- Regina Co-op Week Luncheon
Monday, October 18, 2021 at 12:15 PM - 1:30 PM
The Atlas Hotel, 4177 Albert Street South, Regina, Saskatchewan
Featuring Nick Crighton, Director of Indigenous Engagement, Saskatchewan Chamber of Commerce.
Nick’s presentation will focus on Indigenous engagement. Indigenous engagement can be very broad and often times overwhelming which can lead to delayed progress in your organization. This presentation will give you high level tools and strategies that can help further your Indigenous engagement efforts.
Nick will share how to audit what you may already be doing in your organization, with clear guidelines on how to begin your Indigenous Engagement Strategy. He will focus on how to attract, recruit and retain Indigenous people along with procurement suggestions that will assist with diversifying your supply chain. Additionally, before you get started on creating any kind of Indigenous Engagement Strategy, Nick goes through what you must know about Indigenous people and their primary and secondary needs to have a better understanding of the barriers that are being faced by the Indigenous communities today.
Having a good understanding of Canada’s colonial policies that have oppressed Indigenous people will help you as you are trying to work effectively with Indigenous people. The tools he will share can assist you and your organization as you look to build long lasting mutually beneficial relationships with First Nation and Métis communities.
Click on the photo at left to download the Lunch and Learn brochure. *Please advise Victoria of any dietary requirements for the lunch.
The Saskatchewan Co-operative Merit Award Ceremony
Monday, October 18, The Atlas Hotel, Regina
An in-person celebration of the recipients of the 2020 & 2021 Saskatchewan Co-operative Merit Awards. Join us as we honour eight individuals who have made outstanding co-op and credit union contributions. To view a photo of our recipients at the Awards ceremony, click HERE.
Reception at 5:30pm, dinner and awards ceremony begins at 6:30. $60. Purchase tickets by October 8. More details and how to order tickets at https://sask.coop/events/co-op-merit-awards.
Our 2020 and 2021 Co-operative Merit Award Recipients
CO-OPERATIVE YOUNG LEADER AWARD
2021: Josh Noble and Kim Schmidt
2020: Wes Filson
Complete the Co-op Week Scavenger Hunt.
Win prizes! Celebrate Co-op Week!
The #LocalCoopLove Scavenger Hunt is back and it's better than ever. View some of our 2021 submissions HERE and on our social media platforms.
We have partnered with Manitoba Co-operative Association to expand the game! Play from anywhere using the GooseChase App: You do not have to live or work in Saskatchewan or Manitoba!
Get in on the excitement and register a team! (You can also play solo.) More than 30 teams have registered so far. We encourage you to register now so you can play during Co-op Week.Download the Scavenger Hunt details and rule from this LINK and send to your friends and colleagues.
ICU DAY IS OCTOBER 21ST
This year’s International Credit Union Day is themed “Building financial health for a brighter tomorrow”.
Celebrated on the third Thursday of October since 1948, International Credit Union Day reflects on the credit union movement’s history and achievements and raise awareness about the sector. This year the day falls on October 21 and marks its 73rd anniversary; first observed in 1948.
The World Council of Credit Unions (WOCCU) is encouraging credit unions from across the world to showcase how they are working to improve the financial well-being of their members and share their memorable ICU Day plans and highlights with credit unions worldwide on social media using #ICUDay.
Official ICU Day 2021 posters and logos for credit unions to use can be downloaded from this LINK.
RESOURCES AND TIPS TO PROMOTE YOUR CO-OP AND CREDIT UNION DURING CO-OP WEEK
Send information about your Co-op Week and Credit Union Day events to SCA so that we can help promote them. Tag us on social media @CoopNewsSK (Twitter), @SaskCoopAssociation (Facebook) and @coopcamprocks (Instagram).and we'll amplify your messages. Use the hashtags #CoopWeek, #CoopWeek2021 or #ICUDay.
We encourage co-operatives to sing their praises and contributions all year long. But, here are some of the things that your co-operative or credit union can do during Co-op Week:
- Explain the various benefits of the co-operative business model for creating a sustainable economy in the province;
- Celebrate the significant contributions of co-operatives in communities across Saskatchewan;
- Promote the relevance of the co-operative model, its mission as a local and sustainable development tool, as well the values and principles that guide it. In other words, promote the Co-operative Identity – what makes us diverse and what unifies us;
- Explore inter-co-operation through Principle Six: Co-operation among Co-operatives;
- Develop a better understanding of the advantages of co-operation among the board, staff, members of the movement and the general public.*
Co-operatives and Mutuals Canada has created a number of #CoopWeek2021 promotional resources that you may use. Click HERE to view and download.
- Email Signatures
- Social Media Headers
- Social Media Posts
- Infographics of relevant statistics for social media
Here are some additional tips to promote your co-op and the national co-operative sector during Co-op Week, courtesy of Co-operatives and Mutuals Canada.
- Add Co-op Week visuals to your email signature ahead of time and ask your employees and volunteers to do the same;
- Print the posters and make them visible to your members, employees and volunteers;
- Share success stories about co-ops in your communities, and include sector infographics on your social media feeds;
- Share the statistics of the study Economic Impact of the Co-operative Sector in Canada (the fact sheet and the infographic are easy to use highlights for your social media posts); https://canada.coop/en/resources/publications/release-study-economic-impact-co-operative-sector-canada;
- Share the Canada co-op map; https://crm.canada.coop/en/map;
- Show the Solving Challenges Together video to participants, and share it on your social media feeds; https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5b7n0zuEkp0&t=54s;
- Leverage Co-op Week materiel for your government relations activities and other meetings with your municipal, provincial and federal elected representatives.
Co-op Week is a great opportunity to promote the co-operative sector and tell Saskatchewan co-operative success stories. If you need some information or inspiration, download our information booklets or contact our office.
|Our co-operative information booklet, Saskatchewan Co-operatives: Supporting Economic Growth and Sustainability includes:
• general information about co-operatives
|SCA's Co-op Week Toolkit is your guide to creating a memorable, successful celebration. The toolkit includes information on what co-op week is, why it is celebrated, ideas for community involvement, building membership, educating youth, advertising your event and more.|
Co-op Week is a uniquely Canadian phenomenon. The USA designates October as Co-op Month, while the International Co-operative Alliance and United Nations celebrate an International Day of Co-operatives on the first Saturday in July.
Co-op Day: The United Nations' (UN) International Day of Co-operatives is observed on the first Saturday of July each year. Some of the day's goals are to increase awareness on cooperatives, as well as strengthen and extend partnerships between the international co-operative movement and other supporting organizations including governments.
* Courtesy of the Ontario Co-operative Association