The City of Regina along with the FSIN took a historic step towards ending racism on Tuesday.
Mayor Michael Fougere, along with FSIN Chief Bobby Cameron signed a Memorandum of Understanding, pledging to fight racism in First Nations’ ancestral lands.
The agreement commits to provide educational initiatives for all staff and elected officials on the subjects of the history of Treaty, Residential Schools, colonialism and the Treaty Inherent Rights of First Nations people.
Chief Cameron told reporters, the fact the City of Regina came to the FSIN to make sure the MOU included all the necessary steps is an important aspect in its own.
“That in itself is respect, and that’s one of our values for all races and cultures, respect, respect for one another, and I want to thank Michael and the other Mayors that have brought this up to their council. We plan on doing this a lot more often,” Chief Cameron said.
The M-O-U was the second of its kind signed, behind only Rob Hundeby, the Mayor of Elbow.
Mayor Fougere also called the the signing a very historic day and something the City of Regina takes very seriously.
“This is a very important formalized step to say that we acknowledge there are issues related to Indigenous peoples in our city as there are across Canada and we’re dealing with them at the local level here, particularly education of our staff and Regina residents in general about the challenges over the history of how things have gone with Indigenous people over the years,” Fougere said.