Saskatchewan's equity policy hasn't been updated in 22 years: auditor

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REGINA — Saskatchewan's auditor says policy designed to eliminate barriers in government workplaces for people of colour or with disabilities hasn't been updated in almost 22 years.

Tara Clemett says in a report covering the last six months of 2021 that she found employees who identified as disabled, Indigenous or racialized were below employment targets set by the Saskatchewan Party government.

She says nine ministries didn't have finalized diversity or inclusion plans for 2021-22.

She says of the 11,000 employees in government ministries, about 3.5 per cent were identified as disabled and 9.3 per cent as Indigenous.

A lack of workplace diversity within government institutions was also highlighted last week by a jury at the inquest into a young man's drowning death.

Samwel Uko, who was Black, drowned himself after being forcibly removed from a Regina hospital where he had come to seek mental-health care.

The inquest jury recommended that Saskatchewan train its employees in diversity and give them paid-time to review existing policy.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published June 7, 2022.

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