In 2011, the Saskatchewan Human Rights Commission introduced the Four Pillar Strategic Business Plan. This plan marked a new approach to promoting and protecting human rights in Saskatchewan. It called for a significant increase in the use of Mediation and Systemic Advocacy, along with the continued use of Litigation and Public Education to innovatively and proactively discourage discrimination in the province.
The Four Pillar plan resulted in numerous successes. It allowed the Commission to effectively address the Ombudsman’s 2007 concern with the lack of timeliness of the process and helped to drastically reduce the use of litigation. More than 70% of all complaints received are now resolved in a year. Over the past 10 years, only five complaints have been litigated in the Court of Queen’s Bench.
Under the Four Pillar plan, the Commission’s Systemic Advocacy team continued to expand its scope and reach, achieving new and considerable successes throughout the province. Our public education mandate included supporting the Concentus Citizenship Education program, which provides curriculum-ready citizenship materials that are used in schools throughout the province.
Demographics have changed since the Four Pillar plan was launched in 2011. Saskatchewan has become much more diverse. The number of human rights complaints has more than doubled (218 in 2011; 518 in 2018). There is a growing urban/rural demographic split and the added complexity of a north/south geographic divide. We have a fast growing Indigenous youth population, an aging settler population, and many more people living with disabilities in Saskatchewan today. In order to adapt to these changes and best serve the citizens of Saskatchewan, the Commission has created a new strategic plan.
As a learning organization dedicated to best-practices, the Saskatchewan Human Rights Commission has built upon our successful Four Pillar strategy and developed the new 2019-2024 Strategic Plan.
The 2019-2024 Strategic Plan reflects the goals and priorities of the Commission. It is firmly rooted in evidence-based decision making, emerging trends, adoption of best practices, respect for lived experience, Reconciliation, evaluation, and partnerships with stakeholders.