OUR VISION

Working together to ensure Saskatchewan's environment, economy, and social interests are protected through permanent control and eradication of invasive species.

OUR MISSION STATEMENT

The Saskatchewan Invasive Species Council enables collaboration and works in partnerships to guard Saskatchewan against invasive species by providing leadership, knowledge, and expertise as well as a forum to engage, enable, and empower citizens to take action on invasive species issues.

OUR GUIDING PRINCIPLES AND VALUES

The Saskatchewan Invasive Species Council collectively desires to be:

  1. Collaborative and consensus-based.

  2. Innovative and open to non-traditional approaches to managing invasive species.

  3. Sustainability-focused and science-based in its assessment and prioritization of concerns.

  4. Transparent and accountable in its business.

  5. Trusted by the public as a credible source of invasive species information and expertise.

  6. Inclusive of all relevant and/or interested parties.

  7. Inclusive of all invasive species in Saskatchewan, and those threatening to invade, regardless of their scientific classification.

  8. Adaptive to new threats and management practices.

  9. A forum serving to engage and empower stakeholders and the general public on the issues of invasive species.

  10. An active organization that is proactively dealing with invasive species issues.

OUR OPPORTUNITIES

The SISC has identified a number of key opportunities to advance invasive species management in Saskatchewan and Canada:

  1. Increase awareness and understanding of the impacts on the environment, economy, and society, as well as impacts to individual livelihoods.

  2. Increase public knowledge in identifying, recognizing, and reporting invasive species.

  3. Encourage actions to be taken to address aquatic invasive species and those with little economic impact.

  4. Clearly define socio-economic and ecological impacts of invasive species on Saskatchewan populations and improve research regarding management of invasive species.

  5. Align policy, mandates, and strategies and encourage further coordination to deliver programs to government agencies, non-government organizations, research and academia, Indigenous communities, and other stakeholders.

  6. Increase collaboration within and amongst government and involved agencies.

  7. Increase information on the nature and extent of current invasive species in Saskatchewan and neighboring jurisdictions.

  8. Organize and increase efficiency of management, exchange, and distribution of invasive species information.

  9. Outline a coordinated regional approach to the prevention, early detection, eradication, and management of invasive species.

  10. Promote interest, generate enthusiasm, and bring attention to invasive species.

OUR GOALS

INCREASE THE IMPACT, MEMBERSHIP, AND PROFILE OF THE SISC

  • Formalize the governance of the Council including Board of Directors and membership

  • Develop Terms of Reference to govern general membership and Board of Directors

  • Develop policies, procedures, and operating guidelines

  • Develop a strategic plan that identifies the specific areas of focus

  • Secure long-term funding to support salaries and expenses

  • Develop a promotional plan to attract and increase membership

  • Apply for grants

  • Host Annual General Meetings and workshops

  • Pursue sponsorship

  • Develop a business plan

INCREASE PUBLIC AWARENESS REGARDING THE IMPACTS OF INVASIVE SPECIES TO INSPIRE ACTION

  • Lead education and awareness on invasive species through public forums and presentations

  • Host Annual General Meetings combined with invasive species forums and workshops

  • Attend stakeholder functions to maintain rapport and increase profile

  • Host seminars and workshops

  • Host invasive plant days, weed picking, beetle distribution days

  • Develop, maintain, and distribute education and promotional materials

  • Develop website as a key information exchange forum

  • Publish newsletters, technical bulletins, and fact sheets on website and distribute to membership via email

  • Scan existing school curriculum modules and seize opportunities to promote invasive species education

  • Create awareness materials and promote their use

  • Gain permission to circulate existing awareness materials from other jurisdictions

  • Place invasive species awareness signs at key border entry points

  • Develop a symbol for invasive species in Saskatchewan

  • Develop a watch list for those species not addressed by current legislation

  • Utilize other educational items as opportunities arise

COLLABORATE WITH STAKEHOLDERS WITH MUTUAL INTERESTS IN INVASIVE SPECIES

  • Facilitate communication and collaboration between key stakeholders and partners

  • Provide a venue to facilitate information exchange and coordination of management on invasive species in Saskatchewan

  • Encourage the establishment of invasive species partnerships or working groups at the regional/local level

  • Establish mutually beneficial partnerships where opportunities arise

  • Promote coordinated research efforts

  • Support invasive species research and the transfer of information to a central, publicly accessible data centre (i.e., Saskatchewan Conservation Data Centre)

  • Actively pursue research projects focused on the social and economic impacts of invasive species on Saskatchewan's natural capital

OPERATE AS AN EFFECTIVE RESOURCE FOR AGENCIES AND STAKEHOLDERS

  • Provide expert advice to stakeholders in applied invasive species management

  • Maintain an information hotline for invasive species through the website (email and phone)

  • Continually update information on the most effective control methods, best management practices, and mitigation measures

  • Be informed about key policy and program initiatives on invasive species of relevance to Saskatchewan

  • Board members to bring forward key areas of concern from the sector they represent

  • Provide appropriate input to key policy initiatives on invasive species