The following list highlights the work that the Government of Saskatchewan – along with its ministries, Crown corporations and agencies – is doing which aligns with the TRC’s recommendations:
Joint Task Force (JTF) on Improving Education and Employment Outcomes for First Nations and Métis People
- The government has made good progress in addressing the JTF’s recommendations; many of those recommendations are echoed in the work of the TRC.
Provincial Poverty Reduction Strategy
- The government appointed a joint citizen/government advisory group to provide recommendations on elements for a provincial poverty reduction strategy.
- The advisory group heard from a wide range of community stakeholders, including persons from First Nations and Métis organizations.
- The advisory group’s recommendations include the principle of respecting the dignity of First Nations and Métis people, which also includes addressing the consequences of colonialism, residential schools and ongoing racism.
- The recommendations also include enhancing early childhood services and educational and employment outcomes for First Nations and Métis people.
- The government is in the process of developing the strategy.
Saskatchewan Disability Strategy
- A key recommendation in the Disability Strategy is to ensure that First Nations, Métis and Inuit people experiencing disability are well-supported regardless of their home communities.
- Responding to this recommendation will require discussion with the federal government and First Nations.
Mental Health and Addictions Action Plan
- The Ministry of Health is leading the development of cross-ministry implementation of the 10-year Mental Health and Addictions Action Plan.
- Addressing mental health and addictions issues is complex, and takes the efforts of several ministries and organizations working together to ensure improved responses for citizens with mental health and addictions issues.
- The government is working to improve co-ordination and access to services for our province’s most vulnerable populations. This work includes
- Moving toward more seamless transitions for clients with mental health and addictions issues who are receiving services from multiple ministries; and
- Reducing wait-times for outpatient mental health and addiction services and psychiatry.
- One of the plan’s key recommendations is to partner with First Nations and Métis people in the planning and delivery of mental health and addictions services, to better meet community needs
- This is one of 10 recommendations that have been prioritized to take place over the next four years.
Child Welfare Transformation Strategy
- The Child Welfare Transformation Strategy has three themes:
- Work differently with First Nations and Métis people
- Increase prevention and support for families; and
- Renew the child welfare system.
- The Ministry of Social Services is committed to working differently with First Nations and Métis people to provide the best possible child welfare services and outcomes for children and families.
- First Nations and Métis people have been engaged in the strategy and will continue to be engaged as the child welfare system is transformed and continually improved.
- The focus of Saskatchewan’s current practice is to strengthen the family home to support children to remain safely at home and/or to safely return home from being “in care” with the ministry.
- A review of child welfare legislation has taken place with new legislation anticipated in 2017.
The Government of Saskatchewan would like to thank Justice Murray Sinclair, Dr. Marie Wilson, and Chief Wilton Littlechild for the work they have done over the past six years to develop the final report.
The Government of Saskatchewan will continue to work with leadership and stakeholders to sustain growth and opportunities for all First Nations and Métis people – through initiatives that will improve education and employment outcomes.