The Saskatchewan Association of Rural Municipalities (SARM) is urging all communities across the province to show consideration, patience and understanding following Gerald Stanley’s not-guilty verdict last Friday.
In a news release, SARM noted Saskatchewanians are “better united than divided,” and said, “it takes community to build a healthy, strong rural Saskatchewan.”
“SARM recognizes that all municipalities need to work together,” stated the association’s president, Ray Orb. “We are committed to working with our membership in promoting cooperation with our First Nation neighbours.”
The association said it will continue to work with the Federation of Sovereign Indian Nations (FSIN) and the Office of the Treaty Commissioner to “identify areas of common ground to advance all our communities.”
SARM added it has a rural Indigenous working group that will guide them in the challenging conversations ahead.