The Duke of Edinburgh's International Awards programme was first introduced in the United Kingdom in 1956 under the patronage of His Royal Highness Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh.
Since its creation, the programme has undergone several reforms before attaining its current structure. It was initially designed for boys between the ages of 15 and 18 years old. In 1958, a similar scheme was introduced specifically for girls. In 1969, the girls and boys programmes were unified.
Canada adopted the programme in 1963, but the year the programme started in the various provinces differ. The programme was established in Saskatchewan in 1983.
Currently, more than 1330 young people in Saskatchewan are engaged in the Award programme. In 2012, 2013, and 2014, a total of 216, 199, and 119 young people were first introduced to it respectively.