KPU, USask celebrate creation of new Indigenous educational departments

Kwantlen Polytechnic University and the University of Saskatchewan have each launched new Indigenous-related education departments. KPU launched its new Indigenous Studies Department, which is positioned within the Faculty of Arts. The new department strengthens KPU’s ability to support Indigenous people and provide learning opportunities in the areas of Indigenization and decolonization. Specialized course offerings within the department include an Introduction to Indigenous Studies, as well as topics in gender, sexuality, families and healing, and activism. “This launch has been many years in the making,” said KPU Provost Diane Purvey. “Formalizing this department reflects our journey toward achieving systemic transformation at KPU, and we are honoured to carry forward the vision of so many tireless runners.” USask’s College of Medicine is creating a Department of Indigenous Health and Wellness, which it says will be the first of its kind in Canada. The new, Indigenous-led department will provide a welcoming space for Indigenous health researchers, learners, and faculty, with the aim of incorporating Indigenous knowledge and systems into education and scholarship.

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