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.

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“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.

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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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