Treaty Module Developed
by Wenona Partridge
The Second Integrated Plan outlined a vision of engagement; including campus-wide Aboriginal engagement and cross-institutional learning opportunities for students, staff and faculty.
In February 2011, a project was initiated to develop an online learning module, based on the concept “We are all Treaty People”. This module, a joint project with the office of the Provost and Vice-President Academic and the Gwenna Moss Centre for Teaching Effectiveness, is intended to support the professional development of faculty and staff by relating the history and significance of treaties with the First Nations in Saskatchewan to the history, mission and values of our university. The online module is followed by a two-hour face-to-face workshop, facilitated by Lyndon Linklater from the Office of the Treaty Commissioner (OTC).
The module builds on prior work of the OTC and was guided by a reference committee and Elder Danny Musqua of the Keeseekoose First Nation. The module opens with a video of Tyrone Tootoosis of Poundmaker First Nation and curator and manager of cultural resources at Wanuskewin Heritage Park, who welcomes people to the module and to Treaty 6 territory, in both Cree and English. The module honours the fact that the University of Saskatchewan is situated in Treaty 6 territory and is consistent with province-wide efforts to include treaty education in K-12 schools.
The module has been piloted with 50 volunteers from across campus, and will be rolled out to all faculty and staff campus wide in September 2012.
Image provided by the Office of the Treaty Commissioner