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A statement from Dr. Priscilla Settee (PhD), vice-dean Indigenous in the College of Arts and Science

Statement on the tragedy at James Smith Cree Nation and Weldon

A message from Dr. Priscilla Settee (PhD), vice-dean Indigenous in the College of Arts and Science

News

“I have drafted a statement—actually, a poem—that reflects my sentiments. James Smith Cree Nation is a member community of the Prince Albert Grand Council, of which I am a task force member. Like many, I am profoundly saddened by this weekend’s news.” – Dr. Priscilla Settee (PhD)

We are more:

We are more than just our oppressions and the sensational news in the media

We are more and we can be even more

In view of this past weekend’s tragic events

We call out for actions of compassion and solidarity from our colleagues

We call out for our colleagues to inform themselves, to deeply understand and teach about the impacts of colonization and historical injustices towards Indigenous peoples so that change can happen.

We call out current injustices that continue to impact our communities

Injustices of underdevelopment our residential school legacy and its aftermath

In a system that puts more of our youth in prison than in university

We call out those systems that are held up and perpetuated through their interconnected privileges

Injustices that can be addressed by education and universities such as ours

We are all related and we are no stronger than the weakest in our collective world

We can do better

We must do better

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In the aftermath of this past weekend’s tragic violence at James Smith Cree Nation and Weldon, the University of Saskatchewan (USask) continues to carefully monitor the developing situation. As we continue to mourn the losses and think about the affected parties, know that there are many supports available to you. You are encouraged to access these services during these difficult times. Read USask’s Sept. 6 update for more information.


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