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U of S students call for mandatory indigenous content

Gabe Senecal is one of the people who say an indigenous course requirement at the University of Saskatchewan would bring together indigenous and non-indigenous people. Neil Fisher / Global News

SASKATOON – Less than a week after The University of Winnipeg approved a plan to make indigenous content a mandatory part of its curriculum, the University of Saskatchewan Student’s Council is asking for the same. The U of S Students’ Council (USC) has unanimously passed a motion calling for the course requirement.

Members are asking for a committee to be struck by May 2016 to look into the idea. The group would include students, faculty and indigenous leaders.

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“It’s just a matter of, I suppose, pushing the university to put the money where their mouth is and commit to implementing indigenous content into every single degree at the University of Saskatchewan,” said Gabe Senecal, vice-president of academic affairs with the USC.

The requirement would be an effort of reconciliation between indigenous and non-indigenous people, Senecal said.

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“We really want the university to go through every single college and really have a conversation within the college as to how it can be implemented into every degree,” he added.

The mandatory course in Winnipeg will be grandfathered in and Senecal said that would likely be the case if the U of S adopts a similar requirement.

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