The University of Saskatchewan has made Aboriginal engagement a strategic priority. We are proud of what we have done and are committed to improving this university to be the best place it possibly can be for the Aboriginal peoples of this province and this country.
- Co-ordinate and strengthen university-community relationships
- Increase visibility of Aboriginal culture and symbols on campus
- Celebrate successes and leverage internal expertise
Our success in achieving our goals will be measured against activities that contribute to making Aboriginal engagement at all levels more significant and more meaningful. We will know we are on track if, by 2017, we have:
- Increased the institutional first to second year direct-entry retention rate of Aboriginal students by 10 per cent, on track to achieving the goal of Aboriginal enrolment at 15 per cent of total enrolment by 2020.
- Increased the graduation rates of self-identified Aboriginal students in a wider array of programs.
- Implemented a registry and/or portal documenting Aboriginal initiatives, programs, services and partnerships.
- Increased the visibility of Aboriginal culture, language and symbols throughout the campus, beginning with the Gordon Oakes Red Bear Student Centre and including institutional, college, school and unit websites, on roadways and signage, and on and within buildings.
- Established a set of prestigious awards for faculty and students to recognize scholarship, accomplishment, innovations in pedagogy and contributions to reconciliation and understanding between Aboriginal peoples and newcomers in Canada.
- Established initiatives and programs that encourage and enable faculty experts and Aboriginal students to engage with counterparts in other regions of the world.
- Established a baseline for courses providing undergraduate students with experiential learning through outreach and engagement involving Aboriginal communities or organizations.
- Established a baseline for research partnerships or projects happening in and with Aboriginal communities.