WHO ARE WE – SCI CANADA
Hunting is an ancient tradition passed down from the earliest times of man to the present day. Hunters participate directly in the natural world and care enough to make sure that it continues in all its awesome beauty and diversity.
Safari Club International is a U.S.-based organization of more than 50,000 hunters and nearly 200 chapters worldwide, dedicated to protecting the right to hunt and to promote wildlife conservation. Between SCI and its sister organization, the SCI Foundation, we have put more than $75 Million on the ground for conservation since 2000. In the U.S., Canada and abroad, hunters are part of a system that keeps the rivers, forests and fields intact and maintains the wildlife.
SCI BRITISH COLUMBIA
Hunters for BC SCI – Hunters for BC SCI is a new, award-winning chapter of Safari Club International in Western Canada. This young organization hit the ground running in the Spring of 2020 initiating a province-wide annual Forest Service Road Garbage Challenge that attracted participants from Northern BC to Vancouver Island. Members are actively seeking and participating in conservation initiatives throughout the province of British Columbia. Currently, Hunters for BC SCI has 6 active committees including Conservation, Lobbying & Partnerships, Media, Education, Youth, Fundraising and the goal of developing a Women’s Committee.
West Coast SCI – This chapter has been founded to preserve the future of hunting in the British Columbia region. We strive to be a collective voice for the stakeholders that live and work in our Province, so we can preserve the hunting heritage that has existed for many generations and will work to ensure that it is still available for many generations to come.
Jointly, the Hunters for BC and West Coast Chapters are engaged with members across the entire province of BC and presently responsible for northern BC members. We have a strong desire to nurture this critical northern area of our province. We are committed to support by identifying concerns, issues, conservation projects and other related initiatives.
The Hunter Advocacy Action Center (HAAC) is a revolutionary software program that enables SCI members and outdoorsmen to impact legislative issues like never before. Through the HAAC, SCI’s Government Aﬀairs staﬀ connect SCI members directly to elected oﬃcials at the provincial and federal level, enabling engagement in public comment submissions and petitions related to issues that directly affect them, such as Canadian Trophy import and export policy, Canadian Firearms related issues and scientific wildlife management policies at provincial level . Through the HAAC, SCI members have made thousands of direct connections with provincial and federal legislators, ensuring their voice is heard in the political process.
An SCI membership is not required to participate in the Hunter Advocacy Action Center.
- SCI Canada quickly mobilized a Collaborative Response with more than 50 Canadian groups in response to the May 1, 2020 Government of Canada Order in Council prohibition of a large number of firearms previously legally owned in Canada by licensed firearms owners, with the impending threat of additional bans. Read More
SCI Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that funds and directs worldwide programs dedicated to wildlife conservation and outdoor education. SCI Foundation ensures that the best available science is used in wildlife policy and management and demonstrates the constructive role that hunting and hunters play in the conservation of biodiversity around the world. The organization is First For Wildlife, investing millions of dollars into wildlife conservation and education every year.
How has SCI money helped Canada’s conservation and management initiatives?
To list just a few; $60K to help fight BC NDP on grizzly hunt stoppage, $100K to fund wolf cull in BC,$500K to help Quebec Labrador Caribou, $50K to fight Ontario Government on their plans to stop black bear hunting, $20K to help reintroduce wild turkeys to Ontario, $100K to reintroduce elk to Ontario and an additional $50K to assist on the elk study in Yaha Tinda region in Alberta, $15K funding to Polar Bear study in Canada’s north, supplemental funding to Grizzly studies in AB and BC, supplemental funding to study Chronic Wasting Disease in AB and SK, supplemental funding to cougar study in AB and $350K over 5-years to Newfoundland woodland caribou decline studies, finally many more local chapter initiatives and projects in Canada and world-wide.
With 15 chapters and 3,247 members in Canada, Safari Club International has a strong, growing presence throughout the country. The world class hunting and fishing opportunities that Canada offers make it a global destination for outdoor pursuits. The Safari Club International Foundation (SCIF) has also cemented a strong presence throughout Canada, particularly in the western provinces where SCIF and local SCI chapters have been directly involved with an impressive list of conservation projects focused on a variety of species.
SCIF has also been involved with several grizzly bear projects in western Canada. For the last several years, SCIF has funded a project lead by researchers from the British Columbia Ministry of Forests, Land and Natural Resource Operations, and the University of Alberta on the grizzly bear population in the South Rockies of BC. The goal of the project was to improve population monitoring of bear populations in the area to examine the influences of habitat quality on grizzly bear population density and to gain a better understanding of juvenile dispersal, movement paths, and seasonal movements of bears in the area.
Another ongoing conservation initiative in western Canada that SCI and SCIF have been involved with is a Stone sheep project in British Columbia’s northern Cassiar Mountains looking at lamb survivorship and habitat quality.
Civic Initiatives – Civic work remains a priority among SCI members and the chapters to which many belong. This is done primarily through Safari Club International Foundation (SCIF).
Sportsmen Against Hunger™: Since 1989, thousand of volunteer members and friends have provided tens of millions of meals in an effort to meet food banks’ need for low fat, low cholesterol, preservative-free, high-protein meat.
Disabled Hunter™/Pathfinder Award: Through its Chapters, SCI annually coordinates and sponsors hunting trips for disabled sportsmen. The annual Pathfinder Award provides worldwide hunting safaris to those who persevere in hunting activities despite overwhelming physical limitations.
SafariCare™: Hunters going to remote regions of the world are provided SafariCare™ blue bags to be filled with medical, school, and relief supplies that are delivered directly to clinics, schools, villages, and orphanages.
Education Initiatives – Members of SCI often work in conjunction with the Safari Club International Foundation’s Education programs and initiatives. Often done through Education Sables, an SCI membership group that oversees our education programs and raise funds to give financial support to their programs. Money raised by Education g our hunting heritage through education programs. All money raised by Education Sables is dedicated to SCIF education programs.
The strategic mission of SCI Foundation Education Sables programs is to further the understanding of our outdoor heritage, including the positive role of hunting, through the creation and support of wildlife and conservation education programs.