U of S working towards building reconciliation

SASKATOON—Members of the media are invited to attend the U of S Building Reconciliation Forum.

Tuesday, March 7, 10 am
Garry Room in Marquis Hall
97 Campus Drive
University of Saskatchewan


This one-day conversation will bring together over 300 faculty, staff and student leaders to discuss the progress that has been made and the work that still needs to be done.

U of S President Peter Stoicheff, Vice-Provost of Teaching and Learning Patti McDougall and Indigenous Student Council President Dallas Fiddler will be available for media interviews at 12:30 pm.

The entire forum—including the discussion sessions—will be available as a livestream

Schedule of events:

7:30 am: Community pipe ceremony
This event is taking place in the Gordon Oakes Red Bear Student Centre. The ceremony will be led by Elder Larry Oakes.

8:30 am: Opening prayer and welcoming remarks  
Emceed by Alex Wilson and Patti McDougall
Prayer by Elder Louise Halfe
Fancy shawl dance and explanation by Jennifer McGillivary
Welcoming remarks by Peter Stoicheff, president of the University of Saskatchewan
Opening remarks by Mark Dockstator, president of the First Nations University of Canada    

9:15 am: Session 1: Reconciliation through Teaching and Learning
Jaris Swidrovich, lecturer, College of Pharmacy and Nutrition (co-moderator)
Kristina Bidwell, associate dean Aboriginal affairs, College of Arts and Science (co-moderator)
Beth Horsburgh, interim dean, College of Nursing
Fran Walley, associate dean academic, College of Agriculture and Bioresources
Martin Phillipson, dean, College of Law
Michelle Prytula, dean, College of Education

10:30 am: Break

10:45 am: Session 2: Structuring the University for the Path to Reconciliation
Lee Ahenakew, chair, Board of Governors
Peter Stoicheff, president of the University of Saskatchewan
Trika Macdonald, director, Human Resources Division

1 pm: Session 3: Anti-racist Research as Praxis  
Introduction by Alex Wilson, associate professor and director of the Aboriginal Education Research Centre
Sheelah McLean, PhD in educational foundations  

2:35 pm: Session 4: Enhancing the Indigenous Student Experience
Introduction by Val Arnault-Pelletier, Aboriginal co-ordinator, College of Medicine, and Yvette Arcand, associate director of the Indian Teacher Education Program
Indigenous student leadership panel moderated by Candace Wasacase-Lafferty, director of Aboriginal initiatives

3:50 pm: Concluding remarks
Peter Stoicheff, president, University of Saskatchewan 
Blaine Favel, chancellor emeritus
Eugene Arcand, Indian Residential School Survivor Committee, Truth and Reconciliation Commission 




For more information, contact:

Jennifer Thoma
Media Relations Specialist
University of Saskatchewan

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