Elders could soon serve a pivotal role on municipal councils.

Delegates at the Saskatchewan Urban Municipalities Association Convention this week, unanimously passed a resolution to advocate the provincial government to change needed legislation to allow for Elders to be appointed in a non-voting, advisory manner.

“I think it’s a fantastic idea. It is a step in the right direction for all of us, in municipalities and provincial governments,” said La Loche Mayor Georgina Jolibois.

The resolution says that Indigenous Peoples are underrepresented in politics, Elders are keepers of history and can provide context to current affairs and this would foster reconciliation. “

The Elders play a significant role. We seek their advice and their input on a number of issues. Elders will also be up about the direction that they will provide. if it’s problem solving, if it’s seeking input, if it’s a number of other ways that they can provide,” explained Jolibois.

Jolibois said there was overwhelming support for the resolution. She hopes now it will be quickly acted on by the province.