A College Built for Canadian Settlers Envisions an Indigenous Future

The University of Saskatchewan is leading the charge to become a kind of Reconciliation U, committing to change in areas including scholarship and governance, and envisioning itself as an institution of “knowledge-keeping,” as well as research and learning.

Peter Stoicheff, president of the University of Saskatchewan. His mantra for the school has become “nothing about us, without us” — something he has heard repeatedly from aboriginal communities.

Cole Burston for The New York Times

The trend has its detractors, who call it “redwash” at best and assimilation by a different name at worst. Aboriginal scholars say that colonial education philosophies and…

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