We are all in this together.


We are all responsible for bringing life to ohpahotân | oohpaahotaan and applying its guiding principles, calls to action and markers across the diverse USask community.


ëdƚaghë nųhlaɁa? / taku hec’eh cwac’amin? wozuye dágu he? / wayganayn tsi dotamang? kaykwy chi tootamaahk? / kīkwaya ōhi kā wī itasihkamahk? what are our responsibilities?

We all have a responsibility—both individually and collectively—to support the work of reconciliation, redress past wrongs, mend and heal broken relationships between Indigenous peoples and Canadian educational institutions, and lay the foundation for our shared future. Rooted in the principles of respect, responsibility, reciprocity and sustainability, we look forward to working hand-in-hand with the University of Saskatchewan to build on its commitment and aspiration for Indigenization and its Wise Practices in order to bring this strategy to life.

The Calls to Action and Markers provide a powerful framework for translating our Commitments into impact, but the success of our collective efforts will ultimately be measured against a future in which the following principles and practices are embedded within our mindset and behaviours:

  • The relationship between Indigenous peoples and all Canadians is based on the principles of recognition, respect, sharing and mutual responsibility.

  • The stories told will be vastly different—embedded with possibility, hope and strength.

  • Indigenous knowledges live in Indigenous languages, Elders, and Knowledge Keepers with teachings of the land and nature, and can be accessed respectfully through formal, informal, and nonformal learning programming, curricula, and practices.

  • There is an increased understanding of the terms Indigenization, decolonization and reconciliation across all members of the University, and greater integration into current administrative structures.

  • Indigenous leadership is secured in governance structures—role models for everyone are evident and commonplace, at all levels.

  • Learning and relationships are richer because of Indigenous methodologies and pedagogies.

  • “Why?” is replaced with “When?” and “Now what?”

  • Our children anticipate the University experience and look forward to being agents of change.

  • The University of Saskatchewan is a place and space of transformation and great influence (teachers, artists, lawyers, nurses, doctors, engineers, scientists, entrepreneurs), and will be known as the epicenter of Indigenization and Reconciliation.


Implementation Phases

The implementation of ohpahotân | oohpaahotaan is being completed in four phases:

Phase 1 

In phase one, the strategy was presented to each USask unit or college. The presentation was focus on sharing the gift and helping the unit to understand the intricacies of the strategy. This phase will be about the unit learning all they can about the strategy, how they can implement the framework, and ways to improve upon the initiatives they are already delivering. 

Phase 2 

Phase two will require collaboration between the Office of the Vice Provost, Indigenous Engagement, and each unit to develop strategic ways forward ensuring the effective and respectful use of ohpahotân | oohpaahotaan. This is the collaborative and communication phase. It is the intention of the Office of the Vice Provost, Indigenous Engagement to identify and support the unit in its journey toward implementation of the gift. 

Phase 3 

Phase three will request each unit prepare a presentation delivered to the Office of the Vice Provost, Indigenous Engagement demonstrating their commitment to implementing the strategy.  The intentions of these presentations are to support and encourage f implementing and promoting the strategy through student support services, academics, retention and recruitment of Indigenous staff and faculty, research with and by Indigenous people, etc. 

Phase 4 
Phase four will offer the opportunity to share success stories and model stewardship of the gift. Consultations and data collection will measure the lasting impact each phase has created by assessing the actions that have been made to implement critical change. During this process, the goal is to identify tangible markers because of the work that has been done to adopt ohpahotân | oohpaahotaan. This phase will guide the University of Saskatchewan toward transformative decolonization leading to reconciliation. 


Implementation Timeline

FALL 2021
Indigenous Strategy presentations
Fall 2022
Follow up sessions
FALL 2023
Unit presentations
Scheduled for 2024
Sharing Success Stories & Lessons Learned

Alumni Advisory Board                       

Infrastructure Planning and Land Development
IT Support Services                              College of Arts and Science
Johnson Shoyama Graduate School of Public Policy St. Thomas More College
College of Dentistry Library
Teach, Learning and academic Resources Committee of Council College of Education
mâmowi āsohtetan Internal Forum 2021 Teaching, Learning and Student Experience.
College of Engineering Office of the Treaty Commissioner
University Relations College of Graduate and Post-Doctoral Studies
Office of the Vice President Research University Review Committee
College of Kinesiology People and Resources
Wanuskewin Heritage Park College of Law
Planning and Priorities Committee of Council College of Western College of Veterinary Medicine
College of Nursing Provost Leadership Team
Oyateki Partnership Central Office Department of Pharmacy and Nutrition
Research Excellence and Innovation St. Thomas More College
Communications Research Profile and Impact
Teaching, Learning and Academic Resources Committee of Council Community Health and Epidemiology
Retirees Association Edwards School of Business
Teaching, Learning and student Experience School of Public Health
Human Resources Strategic Business Advisors Senior Leaders Forum
Services Managers Huskie Athletics  

Gifting and Framework

Learn more about the ohpahotân | oohpaahotaan gifting and framework.

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