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At SIGA, one of our values speaks to the sharing of our
land and sharing our resources. The guiding principle,
Wîtaskêwin, reminds us to give back to the communities
where we live and operate.
SIGA’s community relations sponsorship program provides
a $1.3M annual investment into charitable and non-profit
based organizations in Saskatchewan. SIGA continues
to make a positive impact through its investment in
its targeted sectors. These sectors include Education/
Training, Health and Well-being, Sports and Recreation,
Business/Tourism, and Arts and Culture. SIGA continues
to make a difference in the quality of life for the socially,
physically and economically disadvantaged as well as
those with special needs.
In 2011/12, SIGA contributed to hundreds of community
organizations, including Children’s Health and Hospital
Foundation, Camp Circle O’ Friends, Saskatchewan
First Nations Summer Games, Wicihitowin Foundation,
Traveling Diabetes Resource Program, St. Paul’s Hospital
Foundation, Ronald McDonald House, Spirit of Our
Nations Cultural Pow-Wow, Children’s Haven, Regina
Symphony Orchestra Education and Outreach Program:
Piapot Project and Piapot Festival, Saskatchewan Abilities
Council and many others.
The Children’s Hospital Foundation of Saskatchewan
is the sole foundation responsible for fundraising for
the new Children’s Hospital of Saskatchewan. The new
provincial hospital will serve children from across the
province, offering leading edge healthcare equipment
and technology, research programs and innovation, with a
focus on family care. This sponsorship reflects the second
instalment of $100,000 toward a total commitment
from SIGA of $500,000 for the creation of the Ante
Partum Unit at the new Children’s Hospital
of Saskatchewan.
This unit will provide care to women with complex
obstetrical complications such as pre-term labour,
unstable diabetes, hypertension, medical induction of
labour and miscarriages. The new children’s hospital will
benefit families, mothers and children from across the
province for years to come.
The Children’s Hospital Foundation of Saskatchewan
has existed since 1992. Their goal is to raise awareness
and funds for the children’s health care in our province.
Saskatchewan and Prince Edward Island are the only two
provinces in Canada without a designated hospital for kids.
The Royal University Hospital in Saskatoon is a provincial
referral centre for pediatric care and the demand for this
type of care is overwhelming.
The Saskatchewan 2011 First Nation Summer Games
were hosted by the Thunderchild First Nation. The Town
of Turtleford and the Village of Edam near Thunderchild
were also able to accommodate athletes, coaches,
volunteers and spectators as well as some of the events
in the games.
The Games were held from August 6 to August 11,
2011. Thunderchild and its community partners played
host to 4,500 of the best young First Nation athletes
in Saskatchewan aged 8-17 years. In addition, 1,200
coaches, managers & chaperons, 400 volunteers, 50
Officials and approximately 4,500 proud parents and
spectators attended and supported these bi-annual
Summer Games.
Athletes from Saskatchewan’s ten tribal councils and
independent First Nation communities gathered in
the name of sportsmanship and community well-
being. Friendships were forged in the name of spirited
competition and displays of athleticism. The athletes
gathered to compete in various sporting events including
archery, track and field, canoeing, golf, soccer and softball.
With our focus on youth, SIGA’s sponsorship of these
games enable First Nation youth to gain access to
athletic competition and experience the long lasting
benefits of camaraderie, teamwork, a sense of pride, and
relationships that will last a lifetime. The Saskatchewan
First Nations Summer Games has a unique legacy to our
First Nation communities which provide a showcase of
athletic, cultural and artistic skill of our youth. The Games
helped develop and foster athlete’s self confidence, self
esteem, cultural pride and social skills. SIGA has been a
supporter of the First Nations Summer Games since SIGA
opened its doors in 1996.