Advancing Indigenous Peoples Signature Areas
The value of community-engaged research must be properly recognized and the needs of communities and nations must be prioritized. Establishing partnerships with communities and collaboration between post-secondary educational institutions are some ways to go about improving in this area.
One of the university’s identified signature areas is Indigenous peoples engagement and scholarship. In this area, USask is identifying what research is being conducted and with whom, so we can identify strengths and gaps. We are working to recognize and celebrate this work, so internal and external audiences are aware of the knowledge we are generating.
Partnership with the NCTR
Under the leadership of the University Library, USask has created a partnership with the National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation, an archive of information based out of the University of Manitoba. This partnership will provide opportunities for researchers and students to access the five million electronic statements, documents and other materials collected by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission throughout the course of its work.
(See: #2. Uplift Indigenization)
"A significant proportion of Indigenous Canadians live in and contribute to the social, cultural and economic life of Saskatchewan—and by 2036, 1 in 5 residents will identify as Indigenous. Our province’s history and future are intimately linked to the history and future of Indigenous peoples—and our university has a profound responsibility to partner with Indigenous communities to ensure that research, scholarly and creative activities preserve, celebrate and create place and space for Indigenous knowledges, stories, languages and cultures."