The University of Saskatchewan says it is introducing a new policy that reaffirms Indigenous identity to those communities and their governments.
The policy applies when a person seeks a position or scholarship that is being held for an indigenous person.
The university’s president and chancellor, Peter Stoicheff, says its plan requires people to present documents to support their identity.
He says the university does not intend to determine who is or is not Indigenous, but instead to be guided by Indigenous communities and their governments that provide documents.
He said the identity of an indigenous person may look different depending on which community they belong to.
The university has been working on this policy since early 2021 and is to be fully implemented within two to five years.
“I think the result will be the belief on behalf of all members of our community, Indigenous and non-Indigenous, that Indigenous peoples occupy positions intended for Indigenous peoples,” Stoicheff said.
“We could not have done this without the really intense and time-consuming participation of several indigenous leaders:
Elders, those with knowledge, keepers of the language, the chief, the overseer.”
This report by The Canadian Press was first published on July 25, 2022.
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