Vision, Mission, Values

Global Institute for Water Security

Vision and Mission

Aligning with USask aspirations to be “the university that the world needs”:

Our Vision is a world where water is managed equitably and sustainably for protection and enhanced quality of life, strong economies, and healthy ecosystems.

Our Mission is to come together as a leading water community to deliver essential knowledge, tools, and future leaders in Saskatchewan, the prairies, Canada, and around the world through impactful research in a welcoming and inclusive environment.

Values and Guiding Principles

GIWS is driven by:

  • Excellence​ – through strong principles and values​
  • Strength​ – through inclusion, a transdisciplinary approach, and community and partner engagement​
  • Sustainability​ – through core funding and diverse revenue streams​

It will achieve its mission through a commitment to the following values and a strong foundation of guiding principles.


  • Transparency
  • Manācihitowin (Respect one another)
  • Reciprocity
  • Accountability
  • Humility
  • Inclusion                                                           

Guiding Principles:

  • Conduct inclusive, scholarly rigour & excellence
  • Uphold & celebrate equity, diversity & inclusion
  • Open communication
  • Sustainable management of GIWS
  • Work together across disciplines, knowledge systems, and jurisdictions
  • Foster innovation
  • Be strength-based & solutions-orientated towards sustainable water management