As a result of Sask. Party cuts, hundreds of teachers and support workers have already been told their jobs have been eliminated from Saskatchewan schools and, with only half of the province’s school boards reporting how the Sask. Party’s budget cuts will affect them, there are even more job cuts to come.
Every day this week, we raised some of the issues facing Indigenous peoples in Saskatchewan and called on the Sask. Party to act.
This time last year, on National Aboriginal Day, the Sask. Party joined with the Saskatchewan NDP and called on the federal government to eliminate the education funding gap for on-reserve students. Instead of keeping their promise and being ‘vigilant’ with the federal government, the Sask. Party actually cut provincial funding for Indigenous students.
As people across the country celebrate National Aboriginal Day, Nicole Sarauer, the newly-elected Leader of the Official Opposition called on the Sask. Party to stop the harmful cuts that are hurting Indigenous peoples.
For immediate release:
June 20, 2017
Nicole Sarauer elected Interim Leader of the Saskatchewan NDP
Nicole Sarauer, MLA for Regina Douglas Park, has been elected Leader of the Official Opposition and Interim Leader of the Saskatchewan NDP.
Sarauer will replace Trent Wotherspoon effective immediately and is the first woman to lead the Saskatchewan NDP.
Sarauer has served as the Deputy House Leader for the Official Opposition and has served as the Opposition Critic for several portfolios, including Justice, Policing and Corrections, Status of Women, SLGA, and Immigration and she served as the Associate Critic for Health.
Before being elected to the Legislature, Sarauer practiced law at a private firm until 2011 when she moved to a provincial charity providing free legal representation to those who need access to justice. She was also an elected Trustee on the Regina Catholic School Board.
“As I take over this Interim role, the people of Saskatchewan can rest assured that our team and our resolve have not changed,” said Sarauer. “We are as determined as ever to keep fighting for Saskatchewan families and against the Sask. Party’s callous cuts, unfair tax hikes, and desperate sell-offs.”
On the eve of National Aboriginal Day and two years after the Sask. Party committed to apologize for Saskatchewan’s role in the Sixties Scoop, the NDP is renewing the call for the Sask. Party to finally keep their promise to Indigenous peoples and Sixties Scoop survivors.
With National Aboriginal Day being celebrated across the country this week, the Sask. Party’s callous cuts are moving the province backwards by dismantling crucial Indigenous programs, further undermining the quality of education, and moving us further away from – not closer toward - true reconciliation.
This week, after cutting health regions across the province down to a single centralized one, the Sask. Party announced the new board members who will be responsible for healthcare across Saskatchewan.
The Sask. Party’s cuts and claw backs in education are hitting the classrooms of Saskatchewan kids across the province, and school divisions are being forced to eliminate teachers and support staff.