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.)
Co-op Week 2020
Co-op Week in 2020 takes place October 11-17.
This year's Co-op Week Theme is: The Co-op Effect: Count Me In!
This year's International Credit Union Day Theme is: Inspiring Hope for a Global Community. Download ICU Day materials here.
On this page:
- Flag Raising Ceremony, Oct 13th
- Webinar - "Co-operative Identity: Why Should I Care?", Oct 14th
- Co-op Week Scavenger Hunt, Oct 11-17th
- Watch for the 2020 Co-op Week feature, a partnership between SCA and Planet S and Prairie Dog magazines. This special editorial feature will appear in the October 1st issues of Prairie Dog and Planet S magazines (the province’s only co-operative media outlets) and celebrate Co-operative Week
- Co-op Week Media
- What is your co-op or credit union doing for Co-op Week?
- Tips to promote your co-op
- Co-op Week Toolkit and Other Resources
YOU'RE INVITED TO THE CO-OP WEEK FLAG RAISING CEREMONY IN REGINA ON OCTOBER 13, 2020
Co-op and credit union leaders, members and friends are invited to attend the annual Co-op Week Flag Raising ceremony on Tuesday, October 13th at 11.45am. The event is hosted by SCA.
The ceremony will be held outside the Legislative Building, at the flag pole area. COVID-19 protocols are in place and masks are required. Attendance is capped at 30 persons.
Click on the invitation image below to download or share with others. Please join us in Regina and help launch Co-op Week 2020.
CO-OP WEEK WEBINAR ON OCTOBER 14, 2020 IS OPEN TO EVERYONE
You are welcome to join us for a free Co-op Week webinar on Wednesday, October 14th at 12noon (Saskatchewan time).
Wayne Schatz, Vice President and General Counsel, Operations and Distribution, The Co-operators Group Limited, speaks on "Co-operative Identity: Why Should I Care?". Wayne will explore how co-operative enterprises are more relevant than ever in today's world. He'll challenge you to question the assumptions we make every day which may weaken co-operative identity.
The webinar will wrap up with insights on positioning co-ops as agents of change and catalysts for a shift in thinking.
CO-OP WEEK SCAVENGER HUNT - OPEN TO EVERYONE
Click on the image above to download the complete rules and instructions on how to play.
Complete the Co-op Week Scavenger Hunt.
Win prizes! Celebrate Co-op Week!
Play solo or with a team. YOU DON'T NEED TO BE FROM SASKATCHEWAN.
The Scavenger Hunt and its prizes are available to co-op and credit union staff and members, and sector supporters and friends all across the world. (After all, it's 2020 - we're thinking well outside the box this year!!)
• The scavenger hunt is designed with safety during the pandemic in mind!
PLAY SOLO OR AS PART OF A TEAM
You do not have to live or work in Saskatchewan. The scavenger hunt is not based on Saskatchewan-specific clues and can be played from almost anywhere.
Please share this widely through your networks. Download the Scavenger Hunt brochure from this LINK and send to your friends and colleagues.
SHARE THE #LOCALCOOPLOVE WITH OTHERS: Raise the awareness of your co-op or credit union, and the other co-operatives in your community through the Scavenger Hunt.
- Here is a fun, low-stress (and safe) way to involve your municipal, provincial and federal elected officials. (Mix a little business with the pleasure!)
- Include your employees and members! Propose this as a team-building exercise for your staff or as a fun way to engage your membership of any age
TEAM PLAY. Choose a team name. If you’re playing on the GooseChase app, all teammates should add themselves to the team (team creator will need to share your team’s access code) when they log in. If you’re not using the app, tag your teammates on social media or tell us their names in an email or through social media.
SOLO PLAY. Congrats! You're a team of one. Simply follow the insructions above.
STEP ONE: GET CONNECTED
- The app is the preferred and easiest method of playing. Click HERE for instructions on how to use GooseChase and download it from the App Store (Apple) or Google Play (Android). The instructions file includes the links to click on that will actually download the app.
- If you don't want to download the app, there are two other ways to play -
- Post your responses on social media - tag us on Instagram @coopcamprocks or on Facebook @SaskCoopAssociation, OR
STEP 2: THE RULES
To be entered to win a prize, you will need to complete the scavenger hunt any time during Canada's Co-op Week (October 11-17, 2020)
The game goes live at 12PM Saskatchewan time on October 11, and is playable until 4PM October 17 SK time. You have this time to complete all the tasks (and if you’re not playing in the App, to post/tag/email us your responses).
Prize winners will be chosen at random from those who complete the scavenger hunt and/or on the basis of their creativity with the misssions. Prizes are NOT based on finishing first!
STEP 3: DONATE A PRIZE
Play to celebrate Co-op Week! Play for the glory of completing the missions and to get a social media shout out from us (if you want one)!
- A special 8 page Co-op Week feature in Planet S and Prairie Dog Magazines landed on newsstands October 1. View the inserts HERE (link to follow when the feature is published).
- Co-op Week community features and articles typically appear in many Saskatchewan papers. Please send links to SCA and we'll include them before, during and after Co-op Week.
- Use the hashtags #CoopWeek, #CoopWeek2020, #ICUDay and #CreditUnionDay.
WHAT IS YOUR ORGANIZATION DOING? PROMOTE YOUR CO-OP OR CREDIT UNION 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.*
Send information about your Co-op Week and Credit Union Day events to SCA so that we can help promote them. Tag @CoopNewsSK in your social media posts. Use the hashtags #CoopWeek or #ICUDay and we will amplify your messages.
Here are some 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;
- Use the #CoopWeek and #ICUDay hashtags;
- 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;
- At the beginning of your Co-op Week activities, 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.
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