Councillor Loewen provided the following Notice of Motion at the Regular Business Meeting of City Council held on August 31, 2020.
"TAKE NOTICE that at the next Regular Business Meeting of City Council, I will move the following motion:
'Whereas City Council wishes to identify and address elements of systemic racism that exist in the work of the City of Saskatoon;
Whereas City Council recently passed the Public Engagement Policy that, among other things, seeks to: “Facilitate public participation and input to decision-making through effective and efficient consultation, involvement, collaboration and empowerment processes,” that entrenches as guiding principles: “engagement processes are designed in a way that promote and allow for adequate community contributions while building relationships with a diverse group of stakeholders” and “the importance of relationship building rooted in mutual trust and respect,” and that provides City Council with the responsibility to: “Support the increasing capacity of the organization in designing and executing useful, efficient, and innovative public participation activities over time;” and
Whereas public engagement with residents significantly influences the directions undertaken by Council and administration; and
Whereas gaps and barriers in the City’s engagement and subsequent policy-creation processes lead to the potential for inequity and unforeseen shortcomings in city policies and practices; and
Whereas there are known barriers to participating in public engagement, and these barriers are exacerbated for marginalized communities, including racialized, Indigenous, newcomer, lower-income, gender-diverse, disabled, trans, Two-Spirit, and queer persons;
Therefore, be it resolved that the Administration report back on a strategy to identify and address systemic barriers that prevent residents from accessing, taking part in, and providing feedback within public engagement conducted by the City, with a specific emphasis on underserved and underrepresented populations in the community. This strategy should be informed by best practices from other cities."
The following requests to speak are provided:
- Ali Abukar, Saskatoon Open Door Society Inc, dated September 24, 2020;
- Alberta Muembo, dated September 25, 2020; and
- Dennis Page, dated September 28, 2020.