The University of Saskatchewan has made Indigenous 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 Indigenous peoples of this province and this country.
- Co-ordinate and strengthen university-community relationships
- Increase visibility of Indigenous 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 Indigenous 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 Indigenous students by 10 per cent, on track to achieving the goal of Indigenous enrolment at 15 per cent of total enrolment by 2020.
- Increased the graduation rates of self-identified Indigenous students in a wider array of programs.
- Implemented a registry and/or portal documenting Indigenous initiatives, programs, services and partnerships.
- Increased the visibility of Indigenous 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 Indigenous peoples and newcomers in Canada.
- Established initiatives and programs that encourage and enable faculty experts and Indigenous 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 Indigenous communities or organizations.
- Established a baseline for research partnerships or projects happening in and with Indigenous communities.