A Century of Innovation
Of Life and Learning
Humanities, social science and fine arts research at the U of S was established early in the University’s history. After founding several colleges and departments that were firsts in the country, researchers have gone on to distinguish themselves on an international level in cultural, artistic and educational studies studies.
Then and Now: Aboriginal Research
The U of S has a long history of encouraging involvement of Aboriginal people in higher education as well as producing renowned research on Aboriginal issues.
1973: At a time when there were only four lawyers and five law students of Native ancestry in Canada, Dean Roger Carter establishes the First Native Law Centre in Canada.
1996: James Miller, Canada Research Chair in Native-Newcomer Relations, publishes the first comprehensive history of Aboriginal residential schooling, to critical acclaim.
1997: There are an estimated 500 lawyers and 12 judges of First Nations ancestry in Canada, of which 353 lawyers and six judges had been introduced to the law via the Saskatchewan program.
2006: The U of S Aboriginal Education Research Centre (AERC), led by Marie Battiste, is selected by the Canadian Council on Learning (CCL) to co-lead a new national network for gathering and sharing information on effective approaches to Aboriginal learning.
|photo: U of S Archives|
Founded in 1935, the Emma Lake Kenderdine Campus is one of the single most influential artists’ retreats in Western Canada. The Emma Lake Art School helps promote the careers of famous local painters, including Dorothy Knowles, Gordon Snelgrove and Ernest Lindner. In the 1950s, many internationally famous artists and critics led workshops for the benefit of local artists.
Governor General’s Award Winners
1989: English professor Bob Calder wins the Governor General’s Award for non-fiction for his biography entitled Willie, the Life of Somerset Maugham.
1996: Creative writing instructor Guy Vanderhaeghe wins his second Governor General’s award for The Englishman’s Boy. His first Governor General’s award was presented in 1982 for his book of short stories, Man Descending. The Englishman’s Boy has also been filmed as a mini-series.
|Mabel Timlin Photo: L.G. Saunders, U of S Archives|
|Hilda Neatby, 1953 Photo: Paul Horsdal, U of S Archives|
Honouring University Women
The U of S honours two of its pre-eminent female scholars, historian Hilda Neatby and economist Mabel Timlin in the dedication of the Neatby-Timlin Theatre.
- Neatby’s 1953 bestseller "So Little for the Mind" ignited
national debate on education in the ‘50s.
- Timlin’s “Does Canada Need More People?” (1951) is one of the earliest classic studies of immigration in Canada. She is also the first woman social scientist to be elected to the Royal Society of Canada.
Frank Quance, first dean of the College of Education, established a standardized speller base on his research. The spellers are used in every province in Canada though most of the first half of the 20th century.
1937: English professor Richard Albert Wilson’s book, The Miraculous Birth of Language, is lauded by George Bernard Shaw as proof that the University of Saskatchewan was “apparently half a century ahead of Cambridge in science and of Oxford in common sense.” The book showed the unique role that the invention of language played in human evolution.
1945: The U of S is home to Canada’s first drama department, established in 1945.
|Photo: U of S Archives|
|Richard Albert Wilson’s book, The Miraculous Birth of Language|
|Here, in 1959, actors perform the world premiere of W.O. Mitchell’s play, “Royalty is Royalty”.|