Aboriginal Education Research Centre

AERC Logo Under the new Directorship of Dr. Alex Wilson, the Aboriginal Education Research Centre continues to explore and develop success strategies for learning and education of Indigenous peoples.  Through partnerships with scholars, faulty, students, community-based organizations, schools, federal and provincial governments, AERC is working to build stronger inclusive relationships among those involved with Indigenous education.

Dr. Alex Wilson

AERC is positioned to help advance aspirations among First Nations, Métis and Inuit peoples with collaborations, capacity-building, and research to ensure Indigenous voices are heard, understood, and translated into innovative and exemplary ethical practices.  More …

Dr. Alex Wilson - Director of AERC
Saskatchewan Educational Leadership Unit (SELU)

SELU Logo During the 2012-2013 academic year, SELU was engaged in 25 research and planning studies, three major provincial conferences/events as well as 10 targeted professional development projects.  Seven faculty, one staff and nine graduate students were involved directly in these activities.

In terms of major activities, SELU was fortunate to be awarded the contract to act as the Secretariat for Saskatchewan Joint Task Force on Improving Education and Employment Outcomes for First Nations and Métis People.  This major project, commissioned by the Provincial Government and the Federation of Saskatchewan Indian Nations, was completed in April, 2013 and consumed a considerable amount of SELU’s energy over the past year.  Another significant activity in 2013 was the University Review of SELU as a Type A Centre.  The report is now complete and SELU is responding with a renewed sense of direction based on the recommendations of the review panel and the positive feedback received during the process.
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SELU Staff
Norm Dray, Associate Director; Cecile Laprairie, Support Staff; Pat Renihan, Director

Sustainability Education Research Institute

In December 2012, the University of Saskatchewan established the Sustainability Education Research Institute (SERI), a Type A Centre under the College of Education, with Dr. Marcia McKenzie as director.  SERI’s vision is to further research and action on land, place, environment, and sustainability in relation to educational research, policy, and practice.  SERI is Canada’s first research centre to focus on sustainability education. More …

Initiatives currently being undertaken by SERI include:
  • The Sustainability and Education Policy Network (SEPN), a $2 million SSHRC Partnership Grant (2012-2018) with $1 million in matching in-kind and cash funds from partners and contributors, is housed at SERI. 
  • SERI also houses the Digital Media Project, a $112,000 SSHRC Standard Grant (2011-2015), which offers opportunities for youth to explore their relationship to their community and sustainability issues through map-making, photography, and videography.
  • Creation of the conference “Land, Place, and Environment: Advancing Learning and Practice Toward a Sustainable Future,” in partnership with the Saskatchewan Outdoor and Environmental Education Association (SOEEA)
  • Development of an International Research Agreement with Pontificia Universidade in Brazil, for Brazilian-funded annual exchanges of faculty and student researchers;
  • Consultation with City of Saskatoon on Education for Sustainable Development initiatives with the Saskatoon Public School Division and the Saskatoon Catholic School Division;
  • Initiation of community-based Advisory Committees working to develop educational awareness of sustainability through the Saskatoon CarShare Co-operative and the Sustainability Neighbourhood Demonstration Corridor;
  • Consultations with the David Suzuki Foundation on its new youth environmental programming
 SERI Staff
(From L to R) Nicola Chopin, SEPN Project Manager, SERI Office Manager Ranjan Datta,
SENS PhD Student Philip Vaughter, SEPN Post-Doctoral Fellow Kristen Hargis, SEPN Master's Student