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September 30th is National Day for Truth and Reconciliation.  Although there will be no classes that day, we encourage all faculty, staff, and students to take time on September 30th to participate in activities and to reflect upon the meaning of this day.

We are asking all members of the College of Pharmacy and Nutrition to contribute to our discussion board: National Day for Truth and Reconciliation Discussion Board What activity did you participate in? What did you learn? What reflections would you like to share? Everyone who contributes a reflection will be entered into a draw for a USask mug and water bottle. The discussion board will close on Wednesday, October 4, 2023, at 4:30 p.m.

We have events happening in the College of Pharmacy and Nutrition:

The Indigenous Initiatives Committee has planned an event for September 29th from 9:30 – 11:30 a.m. in the Health Sciences Building, Room 1B03.  Families are welcome and child-minding will be available. Leo Yahyahkeekoot will lead our college through a smudge, share ideas and answer questions. Refreshments and Bannock will be provided.

Please sign-up so that we can get an idea of numbers:   National Day for Truth and Reconciliation - IIC

The University is also planning events throughout the week: USask National Day for Truth and Reconciliation

Below is a list, compiled by the Indigenous Initiatives Committee, of some of the possible events and activities you could participate in.  There will be many others that you may be aware of. 


  • We Were Children(1hr 23mins) - In this feature film, the profound impact of the Canadian government’s residential school system is conveyed through the eyes of two children who were forced to face hardships beyond their years. Warning - This film is very real and can be hard to watch.
  • Films by Tasha Hubbard - Tasha Hubbard (Cree) is an award-winning filmmaker and an Assistant Professor in the University of Saskatchewan’s Department of English.


  • Beyond the Orange ShirtStory (by Phyllis Webstad) - Phyllis Webstad is a Residential School Survivor and founder of the Orange Shirt Day movement. Phyllis has carefully selected stories to help Canadians educate themselves and gain a deeper understanding of the impacts of the Residential School System.


Other readings and videos on cultural humility:

  1. Phyllis Webstad – On Orange Shirt Day (7 min video to learn about Orange Shirt Day) Orange Shirt Day YouTube
  2.    White Fragility - Robin DiAngelo (PDF) – attached
  3. White Privilege Ted Talk: Ted Talk - White Privilege
  4. Conversations with Leaders: Murray Sinclair: Murray Sinclair Conversation
  5. History of Food in Canada is the History of Colonialism by Corey Mintz: History of Food in Canada Article
  6. Truth and Reconciliation Commission Summary Report: Summary of the Final Report of the TRC
  7. Allan, B. & Smylie, J. (2015). First Peoples, second class treatment: The role of racism in the health and well-being of Indigenous peoples in Canada. Toronto, ON: the Wellesley Institute. First Peoples, Second Class Treatment Executive Summary
  8. United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples: United Nations Declaration Article
  9. 8th Fire Episode 1: Indigenous in the City: Coursera Lecture
  10. Cultural Humility document from First Nations Health Authority: FNHA Policy Statement
  11. Words Matter (PDF) – attached
  12.   In Plain Sight: Addressing Indigenous-specific Racism and Discrimination in B.C. Health Care In Plain Sight Summary Report
  13.   Stepping Stones: Resources for Indigenous Health, Wellness, and Reconciliationthrough the University of Saskatchewan (USask) Health Sciences website

Other courses:

  • Indigenous Canada - Online Course - Indigenous Canada is a Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) from the Faculty of Native Studies at the University of Alberta that explores Indigenous histories and contemporary issues in Canada.

Thank you,

The Indigenous Initiatives Committee


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