Understanding what it means to be human

Located on Treaty 6 territory and the homeland of the Métis, the Department of Anthropology is a vibrant community of engaged scholars working to advance knowledge and understanding of human diversity and adaptation. We examine humans in the past, present, and future, while seeking answers to the most vexing issues and problems affecting our species and our planet. Within the Department of Anthropology, there are two programs.

The Archaeology program focuses on Pre-Contact and Contact North American and Siberian archaeology and bioarchaeology, with emphasis on the Northern Plains, Boreal Forest, and Coastal regions of western Canada. This includes long-term research collaborations with Wanuskewin Heritage Park, the Royal Saskatchewan Museum, the shíshálh (Sechelt) Nation in BC, and numerous Cultural Resource Management firms.

The Anthropology program focuses on community-based and engaged research in environmental, medical, and practicing or applied anthropology, with specific strengths in ethnographic theory, methodology, and public policy applications. Long-term partnerships with Indigenous communities in the Prairie provinces and non-governmental organizations in Saskatoon and surrounding areas are coupled with international collaborations.


The Department of Anthropology supports the
Calls to Action of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission