News Release - May 5, 1999
SOCIAL SERVICES AND SASKATCHEWAN ASSOCIATION OF NORTHERN COMMUNITIES (NEW NORTH) SIGN MEMORANDUM OF UNDERSTANDING
Social Services Minister Harry Van Mulligen today signed a Memorandum
of Understanding with the Saskatchewan Association of Northern
Communities (New North), establishing a joint planning process for
social development in northern communities to ensure the needs of
northern people are being met.
The agreement was signed today at the Northern Municipal Roundtable in
"This Memorandum of Understanding is another example of our commitment
to working with communities to enhance social development and improve
the lives of Saskatchewan residents," Van Mulligen said. "It outlines
a process for reviewing social development and programming in the
north to make it more relevant to northerners and their families."
The Memorandum of Understanding will guide discussions regarding the
future of social development in the north and may result in
northerners having greater involvement in the development and design
of Social Services' programs and services. It includes the creation
of a joint Northern Services Working Group, with representation from
New North and Social Services, which will work together to address
social development issues identified by community members in the
recently completed joint northern consultation process.
"We are pleased to sign this Memorandum of Understanding and work
in partnership with the department of Social Services to
influence the development of social programs in the north to
ensure they are meeting the needs of our citizens," Max Morin,
New North Co-Chair said. "As northern leaders, we are optimistic
this process will create opportunities and change policies in the
north to benefit northern residents."
"I want to commend all of those involved in developing this
Memorandum of Understanding and I look forward to working in
partnership with New North on the future of social development in
the north," Van Mulligen added.
The Saskatchewan Association of Northern Communities (New North)
represents 35 Northern municipalities.
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For more information, contact:
Phone: (306) 787-0916
Co-Chair, New North
Ile a la Crosse
Phone: (306) 833-2122