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Indigenous Truth Policy on Indigenous citizenship/membership



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deybwewin | taapwaywin | tapwewin: Indigenous Truth

The name of this policy means truth – truth to self, truth to each other, truth to the ancestors and truth
to the land. The intent of deybwewin | taapwaywin | tapwewin (Saulteaux, Michif, Cree) is to protect Indigenous truth and space for everyone.

The University of Saskatchewan’s deybwewin | taapwaywin | tapwewin policy provides a framework for the implementation of Indigenous membership/citizenship verification with documentation. The University of Saskatchewan is committed to safeguarding the cultures and integrity of Indigenous peoples, Indigenous values, and Indigenous languages within the university. 

Verification with documentation can take many forms. These will be defined by Indigenous governments and conveyed to the deybwewin | tapwewin | taapwaywin Standing Committee. Examples of verification with documentation can be, and are not limited to, a letter from a community’s governance body, an Indigenous government-issued membership or citizenship card, or a status card issued by Indigenous Services Canada. 

In situations where Indigenous government-approved documentation is not available, the deybwewin | tapwewin | taapwaywin Standing Committee will guide and support the individual and the university through a verification process.

Types of Approved Documents

It is the sovereign and inherit right of Indigenous governments to determine the membership/citizenship of their communities. The University of Saskatchewan recognizes and honours this sovereign right through the verification process. Documentation is determined and defined by Indigenous governments and conveyed to the  deybwewin | taapwaywin | tapwewin Standing Committee.
Below is a list of approved verification document types for for Inuit, Métis, First Nations, and international students, staff, faculty, and other members of the University of Saskatchewan.
All documentation must be current and up-to-date.

Membership of one the four collectives defined by the Inuit Kapiriit Kanatami (ITK) from Section 1.4 of the Inuit Nunangat Policy, C-IRNAC):

  • The Inuvialuit Regional Corporation (Inuvialuit Final Agreement)
  • Nunavut Tunngavik Incorporated (Nunavut Agreement)
  • Makivik Corporation (James Bay and Northern Quebec Agreement, Nunavik Inuit Land Claims Agreement)
  • The Nunatsiavut Government (Labrador Inuit Land Claims Agreement)
  • Letter from Métis Nation-Saskatchewan stating the individual has met the criteria for citizenship from the registrar

OR

Valid Métis Nation Citizenship cards from MN-British Columbia, MN-Alberta, Manitoba Métis Federation, MN-Ontario will also be accepted.

  • Status Card
  • Non-Status-to be determined by Tribal Councils/governments and the Standing Committee

All First Nation communities are represented in the online verification system.

(Documentation is to be determined by each First Nations government. Expired cards will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis).

 

We seek to maintain and create agreements and band council resolutions with each Saskatchewan First Nations government. First Nations governments outside of Saskatchewan will be contacted.

Communities that will be contacted in Saskatchewan include:

Ahtahkakoop Cree Nation

Beardy's and Okemasis

Big Island Lake Cree Nation

Big River First Nation

Birch Narrows First Nation

Black Lake Denesuline First Nation 

Buffalo River Dene Nation

Canoe Lake Cree First Nation

Carry The Kettle Nakota First Nation

Chacachas First Nation

Chakastaypasin First Nation

Clearwater River Dene Nation

Cote First Nation 

Cowessess First Nation

Cumberland House Cree Nation

Day Star First Nation 

English River First Nation

Fishing Lake First Nation

Flying Dust First Nation

Fond Du Lac Denesuline First Nation 

George Gordon First Nation

Hatchet Lake First Nation 

James Smith Cree Nation 

Kahkewistahaw First Nation 

Kawacatoose First Nation 

 

Keeseekoose First Nation

Kinistin Saulteaux Nation

Lac La Ronge Indian Band

Little Black Bear

Little Pine First Nation 

Lucky Man Cree Nation 

Makwa Sahgaiehcan First Nation

Ministikwan Lake Cree Nation

Mistawasis Nehiyawak

Montreal Lake Cree Nation

Moosomin First Nation 

Mosquito Grizzly Bear Head Lean Man First Nations

Muscowpetung First Nation 

Muskeg Lake Cree Nation

Muskoday First Nation

Muskowekwan First Nation

Nekaneet First Nation

Ocean Man First Nation 

Ochapowace Nation 

Okanese First Nation 

One Arrow First Nation

Onion Lake Cree Nation

Pasqua First Nation

 

Peepeekisis Cree Nation

Pelican Lake

Peter Ballantyne Cree Nation

Pheasant Rump Nakota First Nation

Piapot First Nation

Poundmaker First Nation

Red Earth Cree Nation

Red Pheasant Cree Nation

Saulteaux First Nation

Shoal Lake Cree Nation

Standing Buffalo Dakota Nation

Star Blanket Cree Nation

Sturgeon Lake

Sweetgrass First Nation

The Key First Nation

Thunderchild First Nation

Wahpeton Dakota Nation

Waterhen Lake First Nation

White Bear First Nations

Whitecap Dakota First Nation

Witchekan Lake First Nation

Wood Mountain Lakota First Nation

Yellow Quill First Nation

Zagime Anishinabek First Nations

  • USA: Tribal Enrollment cards with Bureau of Indian Affairs assigned numbers and consultation with Indigenous communities directly.
  • Indigenous communities outside Turtle Island (Māori, Hawaiian, Indigenous from Australia, etc.) will be address on a case-by-case basis.

In the situation where there is an absence of documentation due to displacement or collective organization, a signed/sworn notarized/legal affidavit outlining:

  • the lineage and connection to said community (personal narrative),
  • historical and geographical account of membership to community.

Additional documents to accompany signed/sworn notarized/legal affidavit:

  • two (minimum) community references bearing witness to the applicant’s membership to said community.
    • one reference by a member of the community who has personal history with the applicant,
    • and one reference to be solicited by the university.

Submit Your Documentation

Visit our online verification system to begin the process and submit your documents. 

Frequently Asked Questions

This policy provides a framework for the implementation of Indigenous membership/citizenship verification with documentation at USask in order to safeguard the cultures and integrity of Indigenous peoples, Indigenous values, and Indigenous languages at USask.

The Office of the Vice Provost, Indigenous Engagement (OVPIE) has worked with the Information & Communications Technology team at USask to create a secure system that will house the data. Only select members of the OVPIE team will have access; no other department or individuals outside of OVPIE will have access to the documentation and personal information.

Material advantage includes, but is not limited to, scholarships, awards, bursaries, Indigenous specific positions, non-Indigenous specific positions, seats in Indigenous student programs, etc. 

The policy applies to all members of the university community including, but not limited to, students, researchers, post-doctoral fellows, staff, faculty, institutional leadership, members of governing bodies, Elders, Cultural Advisors, and Knowledge Keepers, and any person participating in university business or activities (e.g., service provider, contractor, volunteer). 

Everyone on campus is responsible for enacting the policy and ensuring it is implemented. Though the reason for proceeding through the process may differ, staff, faculty, and students will navigate through the verification system on PAWS through their personal profile page.

The implementation plan further outlines the steps for job postings/employment, scholarships, Indigenous-specific programs, awards, etc.

If you have specific questions about process or would like support, please contact: indigenoustruthpolicy@usask.ca  

The process of uploading documentation for verification remains the same and is done through PAWS. The data is housed on a confidential, secure system that is only accessed as required during your time at USask.

If your role at USask shifts or you have multiple roles (such as a staff member who is currently a student), you will not be required to upload additional documentation for each role. In recognition that many students return to academic studies and individuals may frequently apply for positions at USask, the data will be stored for a period of five years after which you are no longer active at USask.

Yes, the policy was approved July 8, 2022. Therefore, documentation shared prior was not under the approved policy and procedures. It is important to note that deybwewin | taapwaywin | tapwewin procedures ensure confidentially and safety of your personal information.  Additionally, the decision on acceptable documentation is directed by your Indigenous government and community. The policy honors and respects the sovereign and inherent rights of Indigenous governments.


 

Contact Us

If you have other questions or for additional information contact us via email or phone.
indigenoustruthpolicy@usask.ca

 


Standing Committee

The deybwewin (Saulteaux) | taapwaywin (Michif) | tapwewin (Cree) Standing Committee will lead and guide the USask community in utilizing the policy in an appropriate, informed, and Indigenous-led manner. The procedures developed will inform decision-making across multiple contexts including, but not limited to, admissions, human resources activities (recruitment, promotion, and retention decisions, etc.), research and scholarly and artistic work, scholarships and awards, etc. In doing so, the Standing Committee’s work will contribute to securing and ensuring that space intended for Indigenous people is protected and secured for Indigenous people.



Chair: Angela Jaime

Vice Provost, Indigenous Engagement

Elder Harvey Thunderchild

Elder Joseph Naytowhow

Elder Norman Fleury

 

Karla Jessen Williamson

Assistant Professor, 
Educational Foundations,
College of Education

Kurtis Boyer

Johnson Shoyama Graduate
School of Public Policy
Assistant Professor

 

Val Arnault-Pelletier

Senior Lead,
Indigenous Programming and Initiatives,
College of Medicine

Yvette Arcand

Director, Indian Teacher
Education Program

Amaranta Sokól Como

Senior Strategic Officer,
Office of the Vice-Provost
Indigenous Engagement,

Carson Magnuson

Project Manager, Office of the
Vice-Provost, Indigenous Engagement

 

Standing Committee Terms of Reference

These Terms of Reference outline the role of the deybwewin (Saulteaux) | taapwaywin (Michif) | tapwewin (Cree) Standing Committee, to formalize and define their purpose, mandate, authority, and composition.


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deybwewin (Saulteaux) | taapwaywin (Michif) | tapwewin (Cree) Task Force and Advisory Circle led and guided the USask community through the development and co-creation of a policy—as well as accompanying procedures and implementation plan—that will direct an appropriate, informed, and Indigenous-led process of Indigenous membership/citizenship verification with documentation at USask. The policy and procedures will inform decision-making across multiple contexts including but not limited to admissions, human resources activities (recruitment, promotion, and retention decisions, etc.), research and scholarly work, scholarships and awards. In doing so, the Task Force’s work will contribute to securing and ensuring that space intended for Indigenous people, is protected and secured for Indigenous people.

The name deybwewin (Saulteaux) | taapwaywin (Michif) | tapwewin (Cree) translates to “truth.”

The Task Force was chaired by Dr. Angela Jaime, interim Vice Provost, Indigenous engagement. For information, please contact angela.jaime@usask.ca.

 


 

Terms of Reference

The Terms of Reference outline the role of the deybwewin (Saulteaux) | taapwaywin (Michif) | tapwewin (Cree) Standing Committee to formalize and define their purpose, mandate, authority, and composition.


 

 

Members of the Task Force:

Chair: Angela Jaime
Vice Provost, Indigenous Engagement
(Interim)

Elder Harvey Thunderchild

Elder Joseph Naytowhow

Elder Josie Searson

Elder Louise Halfe

Elder Louise Pederson

Elder Norman Fleury

Bob Badger
Cultural Coordinator
Office of the Vice-Provost
Indigenous Engagement

Dale Worme
Delegate for the Office
of the Treaty Commissioner

Tribal Chief Mark Arcand
Delegate for the Saskatoon
Tribal Council

Rhonda Bluehorn 
Delegate for the Federation
of Sovereign Indigenous Nations

Doloris Netmaker
Delegate for the Federation of
Sovereign Indigenous Nations

Robin McLeod
Delegate for the
Prince Albert Grand Council

Winona Wheeler
Associate Professor,
Indigenous Studies,

College of Arts and Science

Karla Jessen Williamson
Assistant Professor,
Educational Foundations,
College of Education

Kurtis Boyer
Johnson Shoyama Graduate
School of Public Policy
Assistant Professor

Mary Longman 
Associate Professor
Art and Art History,
College of Arts and Science

Graeme Joseph
Team Lead, First Nations,
Métis and Inuit Student Success,
Aboriginal Students' Centre

Sheila Pocha 
Program Head,
SUNTEP/GDI Saskatoon

Val Arnault-Pelletier
Senior Lead, Indigenous Programming
and Initiatives,
College of Medicine

Yvette Arcand
Director, Indian Teacher
Education Program

Adam McInnes
Graduate Student Representative

Aubrey-Anne Laliberte-Pewapisconias
Undergraduate Student Representative

Candice Pete-Cardoso
Director Indigenous Land
Management Institute

Amaranta Sokól Como
Project Manager, Office of the
Vice-Provost Indigenous Engagement

Matt Dunn
Director Indigenous Engagement,
Office of the Vice-Provost Indigenous Engagement

Candace Wasacase-Lafferty
Senior Director, Provost’s Indigenous
Initiatives and Community Relations,
Office of the Provost
and Vice President Academic


Resources

University of Saskatchewan and Métis Nation of Saskatchewan Agreement for Recognizing Metis Nation Citizenship - Nov 2021
ohpahotān | oohpaahotaan: let's fly up together – Indigenous Strategy for the University of Saskatchewan
Indigenous Identity Fraud – A Report for the University of Saskatchewan by Jean Teillet
National Indigenous University Senior Leaders’ Association (NIUSLA) and FNUniv – Final Report from Inaugural National Indigenous Identity Forum