Mayors, reeves, councillors, trustees and administrative officials in Saskatchewan are getting their due this week.
This week has been declared Local Government Week in the province.
“On behalf of the Government of Saskatchewan, it’s a pleasure to have this week recognize their valuable contributions and insights that help keep this great province strong,” said Government Relations Minister, and Melville-Saltcoats MLA Warren Kaeding in a statement.
It was made at the joint request of the Saskatchewan Association of Rural Municipalities, Saskatchewan Urban Municipalities Association and the Saskatchewan School Boards Association.
A joint news release from the 3 groups says this is an opportunity to increase awareness and engagement in the province’s systems of local democracy.
“SARM understands the important role reeves and councillors play in governing RMs,” said SARM President Ray Orb. “We are committed to building capacity at the local level and are pleased to recognize Local Government Week.”
“Local governments are responsible for the services and infrastructure that many residents rely on daily,” said SUMA President Gordon Barnhart. “Local Government Week provides a formal opportunity to highlight this work and more.”
“Locally-elected governments are the voice of the people and provide connection and accountability to communities,” said SSBA President Dr. Shawn Davidson. “Decisions are best made at the grassroots level and local governments have credibility and relationships with their communities.”
Local Government Week began on Monday (12th) and will run until this Friday (16th).