February 13, 2018 2:35 pm
Updated: February 13, 2018 2:39 pm

SARM seeks better relations with Saskatchewan’s Indigenous people

The Saskatchewan Association of Rural Municipalities is calling for consideration, patience and understanding following the acquittal of Gerald Stanley.

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An organization that bills itself as the voice of rural Saskatchewan is calling for consideration, patience and understanding following the acquittal of a farmer in the shooting death of a young Indigenous man.

The Saskatchewan Association of Rural Municipalities (SARM) said in a statement that it believes people in the province are better united than divided and that it takes community to build a healthy, strong rural Saskatchewan.

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The association said it will continue to cultivate relationships with the Federation of Sovereign Indian Nations and the Office of the Treaty Commissioner to find areas of common ground to advance all communities.

SARM said it has a rural Indigenous working group to help guide it.

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