A special motion will be brought forward Monday at Regina City Council. Councillor Andrew Stevens will bring forward the ‘Access Without Fear’ motion.
The policy aims to ensure Regina is an inclusive and welcoming place for people of all faiths and nationalities.
It also addresses the fear many Regina newcomers have in accessing city services.
Debra Simpson with the faculty of arts at the U of R says one of the many important aspects of this motion is letting newcomers know civic services are their rights as a Canadian citizen.
“People with precarious status maybe don’t realize they have these options,” Simpson said. “They may be frightened to call the police or the fire department or use other services. The policy makes newcomers feel more welcome.”
Other organizations already supporting the movement are the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Regina, the Multi-cultural Council of Saskatchewan, YWCA Regina and Doctor Vianne Timmons, President of the University of Regina.