Women in Government Program

Across Saskatchewan, women are underrepresented in municipal government. Reviewing Saskatchewan Association of Rural Municipalities (SARM) statistics, only 6% of Councillors and 5% of Reeves are women – disproportionately low compared to the general population (50.3%). This male-dominated imbalance means councils often lack diverse voices when making municipal decisions. This gives government a limited perspective on municipal concerns and a homogenous attitude towards potential solutions.

On February 22nd, the Council of the Rural Municipality of Edenwold No. 158 adopted the Women in Government Program. This program aims to attract and encourage women to put their names forward for candidacy so that at least 30% of all candidates for municipal elections are women. While not representative of the overall population, the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) has identified 30% representation as the minimum ratio required to ensure government policy reflects the needs of residents of all genders.

Click here to read the Women in Government Program.

Click here to read the Research Report (based on Phase I of the Women in Government Program).

Campaign School

The RM has partnered with Equal Voice, a national non-profit advocating for the equal representation of women in government, to host a series of Campaign School events in July, August, and September 2022. These events will allow participants to learn more about municipal government and what it's like serving on Council.

While part of the Women in Government Program, Campaign School events are open to everyone, both men and women. These events are also open to anyone from other municipalities. Guest presenters will discuss topics like the role of the municipality, conflict of interest, and serving on Council, and conclude with a mock Council session to give participants practical experience. These events will build on each other, but you do not need to attend all sessions to participate. To review the slide decks from past sessions, please click the links below:

July 6th, 2022 Slide Deck
August 4th, 2022 Slide Deck
September 1st, 2022 Slide Deck
September 29th, 2022 Slide Deck (Upcoming)

The next Campaign School event is scheduled for Thursday, September 29th from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm at the RM Office, 100 Hutchence Road, Emerald Park. Refreshments will be provided. Mayor Peggy Chorney of Pilot Butte will be speaking about her experiences running and sitting on Council. She will discuss some of the challenges she has faced, but also the opportunities she has as mayor and an elected woman. After Mayor Chorney's presentation, the RM will be hosting a mock Council session. All attendees will be able to participate as councillors and learn about some of the decisions Council might need to make in steering the municipality forwards.

To reduce barriers to participation for caregivers, the RM is providing a Childcare Stipend. Under this system, the RM will cover your childcare costs during the session, up to $20 an hour (approx. $40 for the session). Participants are invited to contact the RM to learn more about this stipend and how to access it.

If you are interested in attending, please RSVP by calling (306) 347-2975 or emailing rossz@edenwold-sk.ca

If you have any questions about the Women in Government Program, please contact Ross Zimmermann, Planner II, by phone at (306) 347-2975 or by email at rossz@edenwold-sk.ca