2018 Forum Recap
māmowi āsohtētān “Let’s Cross This Together”
In a continued commitment to supporting Indigenization and reconciliation on campus and beyond, the University of Saskatchewan brought together students, staff, faculty and Indigenous leaders to take part in its second annual Building Reconciliation Internal Forum.
The Sept. 18 event, which gathered more than 200 people, was intended as an ideation opportunity through which future and current thought-leaders could share their stories, experiences, and express their aspirations and hopes for Indigenous Peoples, and for all who work and study at the U of S.
The Building Reconciliation Internal Forum was launched by the U of S in 2017 as a response to the 94 calls to action of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada. In its second iteration, the goal was to take that initial dialogue a step further by inviting attendees to take a larger role in the conversation through smaller interactive, group-focused discussions.
For the majority of the day, attendees divided into four groups. Each group will four conversation circles, which had a distinct theme and a thought leader to guide the discussion.
- Circle one—Indigenous student experience
- Circle two—Ally relationships: Building and sustaining ‘right relations’
- Circle three—Indigenous perspectives on research
- Circle four—Meeting reconciliation through anti-racist, anti-oppression education
Speakers at the opening ceremonies inlucded U of S President and Vice-Chancellor Peter Stoicheff, Vice-provost Indigenous Engagement Jacqueline Ottmann, Chief Tammy Cook-Searson of the Lac La Ronge Indian Band, and U of S Indigenous Studies Faculty Member Randy Morin.
Speakers at the closing ceremonies included three whintesses who participated in the circle discusions. To end the ceremony, Director of Indian Teacher Education Program Chris Scribe introduced dancers and drummers/singers who preformed two songs, and then ended the day with a round dance.
2017 Forum Recap
Faculty, staff and student leaders gathered for a full-day event on March 7 that focused on how the U of S can respond to the 94 calls to action of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada. By showcasing some of the current work taking place at the university, attendees learned high-impact practices in how to incorporate the principles of reconciliation in teaching and learning, research, enhancing the student experience and university governance and administration.
- Opening Remarks and Session 1: Reconciliation through Teaching and Learning
- Session 2: Structuring the University for the Path to Reconciliation
- Session 3: Anti-racist Research as Praxis
- Session 4: Enhancing the Indigenous Student Experience and Concluding Remarks
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