(Plains Cree for "becoming more aware")
About the Series
wāskamisiwin is a professional development series open to faculty and staff across all departments and units at the University of Saskatchewan. The series is a collaborative project between the Gwenna Moss Centre for Teaching Effectiveness and the Colleges of Nursing, Education, and Medicine.
The goals of the wāskamisiwin series are:
- to generate increased awareness of the historical roots of contemporary social relations;
- to foster more positive and respectful relationships among Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples; and
- to consider the implications that this history has for pedagogies being utilized within academic institutions.
The series will present an overview of the historical relationship between Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples, Indigenous worldviews, and protocols to guide respectful communication and interaction with Indigenous peoples and communities. Toward the end of the series each year, a panel of Indigenous faculty from the University of Saskatchewan will present on the topic of Indigenous pedagogy.