Report to CSBA | SSBA Provincial Highlights |July 2018 to July 2019 | Page 2 of 2 Local Government Week Proclaimed in Saskatchewan The first-ever Local Government Week was proclaimed in the province at the joint request of the Saskatchewan Association of Rural Municipalities (SARM), the Saskatchewan Urban Municipalities Association (SUMA), and the SSBA. Saskatchewan’s Government Relations Minister Warren Kaeding officially proclaimed the Week, which ran from November 12 to 16. 2018. The call for an official proclamation from the province emerged through discussions between the partner organizations as an excellent opportunity to increase awareness and engagement. “Locally-elected governments are the voice of the people and provide connection and accountability to communities,” said Dr. Shawn Davidson, SSBA president “Decisions are best made at the grassroots level and local governments have credibility and relationships with their communities.” Partners Sign MOU on “Strengthening Our Commitment” The Métis Nation–Saskatchewan (MN-S) and the SSBA signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on “strengthening our commitment for success of Saskatchewan Métis Students” in July 2018. The MOU recognizes that the advancement of Métis culture, traditions and ways of knowing can be the vehicle to overcome obstacles that affect Métis student success and their educational aspirations. A positive Métis identity is the foundation of student success and integrating Métis cultural content and perspectives into the classroom assists Métis students to form positive identities and educates non-Métis students about the history and contributions of the Métis peoples. Effective relationships between Métis and school boards in the province are vital in advancing the reconciliation of Métis rights, interests and aspirations and embody the Truth and Reconciliation Commission Calls to Action. Through the MOU, in the spirit of collaboration and renewed partnership, the MN-S and SSBA commit to working together, where the Métis participate fully in all aspects of the education system as students, teachers, elders, board members and decision makers.