University of Saskatchewan celebrates Indigenous achievements
The University of Saskatchewan held its annual Indigenous Achievement Week in February 2018 with a range of events to celebrate the accomplishments of First Nations, Métis and Inuit students, staff and faculty.
About 20 events took place during the week revolving around the theme of identity. One workshop, for example, focused on land and identity. It enabled participants to learn how past generations of First Nations people survived harsh winters.
Other events included a round dance and bannock making, an Indigenous student leadership panel and an achievement award ceremony to honour 44 students. Leigh Thomas was singled out for academic excellence in regional and urban planning. His studies focus on community-led initiatives, traditional Indigenous governance systems and integrating Indigenous ways of knowing into planning.
About 2,500 First Nations are enrolled at the university, but the organizers encourage all to attend to promote cross-cultural communication.