Building Reconciliation National Forum
From Nov. 18 to 19, 2015, the University of Saskatchewan was honoured to host a national forum: Building Reconciliation: Universities Answering the TRC's Calls to Action—a two-day event for Canadian university presidents and their leadership teams, First Nations and Métis leaders, student leaders, Aboriginal scholars and scholars dedicated to research that is meaningful to Aboriginal peoples. The forum was in response to the 94 calls to action, part of the findings of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada.
The U of S forum focused on how universities could respond to the urgent calls to action directed at post-secondary institutions, following up on Universities Canada's 13 principles on Indigenous education. As a part of this forum, the U of S, along with all other post-secondary educational institutions in Saskatchewan, declared its commitment to closing the education gap between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal peoples.
The forum was a well-attended event with representation from across the country as post-secondary and Aboriginal leaders sought to develop strategies to fulfil the calls to action of the TRC. The University of Alberta is planning on holding a similar forum in early fall of 2016 to build on this important work.
As the university seeks to become an active and respectful partner in reconciliation, we are engaging in program adjustments and institutional reflections to ensure that we are doing everything we can to be the best place we can possibly be for Indigenous students and Indigenous communities. When the TRC's final report was released, U of S President Peter Stoicheff issued a statement that implementing the calls to action remain of the utmost importance for the university.
Please view our reconciliation initiatives page for the latest information on the work happening at the U of S.
Additionally, in fall of 2016, the U of S will be hosting an internal gathering for colleges and schools to share their progress, learn from high-impact practices and help fill in gaps as appropriate. Please check back later for more information.