VPIE Indigenous Report

26 PEEMAHCHEEOOWIN (NAKAWE): THE JOURNEY The vice-provost Indigenous engagement (VPIE) position was filled on October 1, 2017, adding the University of Saskatchewan to a small number of universities in Canada who have such a senior leadership position. Campus VPIE Committees VPIE Committee on Anti-racist, Anti-oppression Education and Research This committee is comprised of scholars, researchers, authors, instructors and practitioners from across the university. The VPIE Committee on Anti-racist, Anti-oppression Education and Research will provide the VPIE with wisdom, expertise and guidance to address and challenge racism, discrimination and oppression at a systems level. This committee will host the Anti-racist, Anti-oppression Teach-in on March 21, 2019. VPIE Committee on Land- and Place-based Education and Research This committee is comprised of scholars, researchers, authors, instructors and practitioners from across the university. This committee will provide the VPIE with wisdom, expertise and guidance on ways to respectfully engage in land- and place-based education and research with a university-wide scope. They will also provide suggestions on ways to share our stories of land- and place-based education and research to the internal and external campus community. Senior Leaders’ Collaboration on Indigenization, Reconciliation and Decolonization • This team is comprised of the vice-provost of Indigenous engagement, vice-provost teaching, learning and student experience, vice-president university relations and vice- president research, and the mandate is to identify areas of intersectionality and collaborative opportunities. Vice-Provost Indigenous StrategyWorking Group • At the functional level, this working group is comprised of college staff and faculty who are Indigenization champions. This group focuses on communication, the sharing of best practices and supporting the development of the Indigenous Strategy. Indigenous Advisory Committees (in Development) • Indigenous Advisory Committee on Space and Place (Campus Plan) • Indigenous Engagement Advisory Committee (senior leaders, Elders, community members, students) VPIE in Action Indigenous Strategy Evolution This process began by seeking guidance and feedback from Indigenous communities on the development of an Indigenous Strategy. • The Elders Summit was facilitated on November 1, 2018. • The Indigenous Community Consultation Gathering took place November 2018. • On-campus Indigenous student, staff and faculty consultation took place January 2019. Indigenous Community Engagement • The purpose of these proposed visits will be to create and sustain authentic relationships, communication, co-create ways to provide reciprocal support and spark innovation (VPIE team and college participation). A series of meetings in First Nation and Métis communities and with Indigenous organizations will be planned for the province of Saskatchewan. Establishment of an Indigenous Task Force on Standards Transformation The mandate for this task force is to inform the VPIE and the university about university standard amendments that respectfully recognize Indigenous scholarship in tenure, promotion and merit processes. The task force was struck on December 2018, and consultations with Indigenous faculty were conducted in December 2018 and January 2019, resulting in the Delorme Report. Partnerships and Collaborations Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Federation of Sovereign Indigenous Nations (FSIN) In response to this MOU, the VPIE team members are engaged in a regular dialogue to facilitate the achievement of shared initiatives. The first meeting with Chief Bobby Cameron was held on August 17, 2018. This MOU highlights the following commitments: “On an annual basis the president of the university will provide a presentation to the FSIN Chiefs to highlight strategies, programs and activities the university is undertaking to serve Indigenous students.” This took place at the spring FSIN Assembly, February 20, 2019. Boundless Collaboration

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