uSask strives to foster Indigenous culture and history on campus

November 5, 2014

The University of Saskatchewan has recently engaged in a series of initiatives and events that encourage the sharing of Indigenous arts, cultures, and history. Partnering with the Montreal Lake Cree Nation (MLCN), uSask will house a newly emerged historical treaty document. The document is an original handwritten copy of the adhesion to Treaty 6 signed in 1889 by MLCN and the Lac La Ronge Indian Band. The document was recently recovered during an auction and returned to MLCN, who has permanently loaned it to the university library at uSask. Further, the drama department at uSask has launched an innovative new program, thought to be the first of its kind in Canada, designed for Aboriginal students interested in drama. wîcêhtowin: Aboriginal Theatre Program is a 2-year certificate program where students create "new stories for a new generation.” Finally, uSask’s Cultural Co-ordinator Bob Badger is working to help students learn about and remain connected to their cultures. “I want to make the transition smoother for students coming from their communities to the university,” said Badger, who organizes sweatlodges and other events for students uSask News(treaty) | uSask News (theatre) | uSask News (culture)