A College Built for Canadian Settlers Envisions an Indigenous Future

The University of Saskatchewan is leading the charge to become a kind of Reconciliation U, committing to change in areas including scholarship and governance, and envisioning itself as an institution of “knowledge-keeping,” as well as research and learning.


“Universities are so inherently white and Western, when you start to push against it, you realized how intractable a lot of that is,” said Peter Stoicheff, the university president.

Cole Burston for The New York Times

The trend has its detractors, who call it “redwash” at best and assimilation by a different name at worst. Aboriginal scholars say that colonial education philosophies and aboriginal theories of knowledge are incompatible.

“Here students are really getting developed to be trained…

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