Saskatoon

Leaders at SUMA in Saskatoon pass inquiry into MMIW, among other resolutions

Saskatchewan mayors and councillors voted in favour of a federal inquiry into missing and murdered indigenous women. The recommendation may now reach the Federation of Canadian Municipalities in June.

Mayors and councillors debated this afternoon

North Battleford city councilor Ray Fox supports a resolution to lobby the federal government for an inquiry, or round table, into the issue of missing and murdered indigenous women. (David Shield/CBC News)

The Saskatchewan Urban Municipalities Association (SUMA) convention continues today in Saskatoon.

This afternoon, mayors and councillors debated resolutions. One was a call from the City of North Battleford for a federal inquiry into missing and murdered indigenous women. The resolution passed.

North Battleford city councillor Ray Fox said it makes sense for municipalities to get involved.

"Well, we're the guys on the ground, obviously. This is where the boots meet the concrete, so to speak. It is our police officers who are involved in the investigations or what have you, those are our budgets, those are our taxpayers dollars," Fox said.

Fox said the voice of hundreds of mayors could be influential.

"All we are looking for is someone to do something about a problem we've identified collectively across the province, and around the world for that matter," Fox said. "We need the federal government to take leadership. And I think the only way we're going to be able to do that is to let them know we're concerned."

The recommendation may reach the Federation of Canadian Municipalities in June.

Leaders also voted on animal control officer training, expanded golf cart use, making bike helmets mandatory across the province and better road repair for northern Saskatchewan.

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