Indigenous Student Refusals

Originally published by mediaINDIGENA, an indigenous media site that features “
Aboriginal news, views and creative expression,” and a weekly podcast on current affairs.

This news comes from friends to the north. The Indigenous Students’ Council at the University of Saskatchewan has recently released a scathing criticism of the University’s farce of a reconciliation process. Unveiling the settler-colonial investments of the University, they have outlined how these processes have served more as ways to save face than transform campus life for indigenous students. Moreso, they have made demands for the formation of an Autonomous Indigenous Students Union and for the withdrawal of indigenous participation in administrative & reconciliation efforts. This podcast goes deeper into the issues at stake and an analysis of the context for these struggles. The first 30 minutes of the podcast focuses on the student struggles in particular.

Since the publication of this podcast, multiple groups have released statements of solidarity with the ISC and their call. We’ve republished a few below. Currently, the ISC is hosting forums and discussions on the next steps for the establishment of an Indigenous Students’ Union.


Statement from the Indigenous Law Students’ Association

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Statement from the Department of Indigenous Studies at the University of Saskatchewan

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Statement of solidarity from U of S Settler Faculty.



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