Wellbeing belongs to all of us.
Expanding our definition of health to include wellbeing – achieved when people are physically, emotionally, and spiritually healthy; are economically secure; have a strong sense of identity, belonging, and place; and have the confidence and capacity to engage as citizens – we recognize how wellbeing is woven into many aspects of our lives beyond our physical health as we seek to balance family, work and community priorities.
The GDP provides us with one measure of wellbeing, however it is not the only indicator of how citizens are faring. While a focus upon economic growth is important and necessary, it must be considered within the context of our social, cultural and environmental values. We cannot begin to improve quality of life in one area without recognizing that issues are inter-related and have cross-sectoral implications.
The Saskatchewan Index of Wellbeing framework provides us with one set of indicators that if effectively addressed through policies, programming, and resources, would benefit everyone. Building upon our initial work with the index, we will continue to promote the adoption of a wellbeing lens by all levels of government, and encourage the multi-sectoral partnerships that will be required to address the complex and interdependent challenges and opportunities before us.
We continue to provide resources, examples and stories highlighting how a focus on wellbeing can be utilized to create a path forward, and support efforts to move wellbeing agendas forward locally, provincially, nationally and internationally. We hope you will join us on this journey to engage collectively in wellbeing initiatives that define a new way forward.
To inform public dialogue about the defining issues of our times.
To promote collaborative, inclusive, cross-cultural, inter-generational, and ongoing approaches to all aspects of development: cultural, social, environmental and economic.
To encourage cross-sectoral development of policies, programs and services that reflect wellbeing.
To inspire conversations between and among friends and strangers, neighbours and community residents, and all levels of governments about our shared values, in order to create a shared future.
Fostering conversations, sparking action, & prompting new collaborations.
Vision: All Saskatchewan citizens share a high quality of life and wellbeing.
Mission: To promote evidence-based decision-making that reflects the values and responds to the needs of Saskatchewan’s citizens.
As two organizations with mandates committed to improving wellbeing for Saskatchewan residents, Heritage Saskatchewan Alliance Inc. and the Community Initiatives Fund have partnered to develop the SaskWellbeing, an initiative that encourages communities and decision-makers to consider all dimensions of wellbeing, and to engage in collaborative multi-sectoral approaches to improve quality of life for all citizens.