What is Fairness Anyway?

“That is just not fair!” Have you ever said that? What exactly did you mean? What did you think was unfair and why? What would have made it fair? Is there a specific definition of fairness? Who enforces it?

Find out more about how we help to ensure that provincial and municipal governments provide services fairly to the public. Check out the information on this site, including our annual reports and public reports for examples of the kinds of cases we work on.

You Can Use This Site

Students and teachers can use the information on this website  for educational purposes. It can be printed, copied and referenced for research papers, classroom projects and presentations, and can be used in lesson plans. There is no fee for use of the materials.

Curriculum Tie-ins

The work of the Ombudsman is relevant to the curricula for Law 30, Social Studies 10, 20 & 30, History 10, 20 & 30, and Life Transitions 30, just to name a few.  For more information, see the Curriculum Tie-ins document listed in the "Resources" box at the top of this page.

Ways to Use This Website

Here are some ways you may wish to use this website:

  • Teachers may wish to add it to their lesson plans and resource information as a class discussion guide for the related study units.
  • Teachers may wish to use it as a research project for individual student learning.
  • It will assist teachers in presenting general information about the office of the Ombudsman, in particular the parliamentary (government) ombudsman.
  • It will assist students in researching the role of a parliamentary (government) ombudsman and what is administrative fairness in government.

The information presented will explain:

  • The legislative authority and jurisdiction of Ombudsman Saskatchewan.
  • How the Ombudsman is appointed in Saskatchewan.
  • The role of the Ombudsman.
  • Whose side the Ombudsman is on.
  • How complaints are investigated.
  • How recommendations are made.
  • How complaints are resolved.

Students will find the basic history and background information an encouragement to do further detailed research into the concept of the parliamentary (government) ombudsman. Students can also discover the role that such an office plays in administrative government and law not only in Saskatchewan but in other provinces of Canada and throughout the world. Students can learn more about fairness and how to put it into practice.

Additional publications are available under Brochures and Reports.

Need a Guest Speaker?

Contact us and request a speaker for a classroom presentation. We can adjust the way we present our information so it fits with the area of study your class is working on. We do not charge for presentations. Contact us at 1-800-667-7180.

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