Saskatchewan Polytechnic formalizes relationship with the Office of the Treaty Commissioner
Saskatoon, December 3rd 2020 – This week Saskatchewan Polytechnic signed a strategic alliance with the Office of the Treaty Commissioner, marking a new partnership to foster Indigenous inclusive learning environments. The organizations have come together to work on providing Treaty Education and Indigenous Awareness on all Saskatchewan Polytechnic campuses across the province.
The Office of the Treaty Commissioner recognizes the value and importance of this academic institution in developing the strengths and skills of our province’s past, current and future leaders in various sectors. Through this historic partnership, based on the Treaty principles of honor, respect and mutual benefit, we hope to broaden the knowledge base for all students and staff on Treaties. We will work together to promote Treaty identity and create an awareness and understanding of our Indigenous Treaty partners.
"We are pleased to be entering into a partnership with Saskatchewan Polytechnic, to help foster and support an Indigenous inclusive learning environment. Treaty promises have not been fully realized, and we know to get there we have to work to decolonize systems. Working with partners we are able to promote Treaty identity, awareness, and understandings and help us move towards the goal of Truth and Reconciliation through Treaty Implementation,” said Mary Culbertson, Treaty Commissioner of Saskatchewan.
“Saskatchewan Polytechnic’s commitment to Indigenization includes holistically integrating Indigenous ways of knowing, being, teaching and learning throughout all practices, procedures and services,” said Dr. Larry Rosia, Saskatchewan Polytechnic president and CEO. “We are very excited to formalize our relationship with the Office of the Treaty Commissioner and to share the vision that all people of Saskatchewan will live in the harmony that is based in the sound knowledge and understanding of cultural traditions. This partnership will provide increased opportunities for our students to learn about the history and culture of Indigenous peoples, and will serve to promote intercultural understanding, empathy and mutual respect.”
The OTC strives to achieve Treaty Implmentation through an understanding of Treaties, the Treaty relationship, and Indigenous Treaty partners by way of our various information sessions facilitated by our Public Education department. Our goal is to honor the Treaty relationship in the spirit of peace and friendship and commitment to ongoing reciprocal relations.