Aboriginal Initiatives

College of Nursing Strategic Plan for Aboriginal Engagement

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The College of Nursing plays a central and strategic role in Saskatchewan's health care system. This requires the College to be a leader in shaping the province's health workforce, responding to demographic, social and economic challenges and supporting efforts for continual improvement.

The most important thing the College of Nursing can do in improving Aboriginal health is to educate Aboriginal health professionals, so they can respond to the needs of their own communities. This means supporting their success through accessible education and a range of student services. At the same time, we need to ensure all of our graduates are able to provide culturally competent care and are cognizant of the particular cultural and socio-economic contexts influencing Aboriginal health; and foster research that improves Aboriginal primary health care and health policy at local, provincial, national and international levels.

The University of Saskatchewan has recognized its role and responsibility in contributing to improvements in quality of life for Aboriginal peoples through research, community engagement and post-secondary education. Like the broader University of Saskatchewan, the College of Nursing has recognized its responsibilities in leading positive change and has prioritized Aboriginal engagement in its Third Integrated Plan (IP3) 2012-2016 The College of Nursing's Strategic Plan for Aboriginal Engagement addresses the IP3 goals and identifies specific aims, activities and outcomes to achieve them.

University of Saskatchewan's Third Integrated Plan

Statement of Commitment

We will be characterized as a place with diversified approaches and flourishing initiatives in every college and school involving rigorous and supportive programs for Aboriginal success, engagement with Aboriginal communities, inclusion of Indigenous knowledge and experience in curricular offerings and intercultural engagement among faculty, staff and students.

University of Saskatchewan Commitments

  1. Co-ordinate and Strengthen University-Community Relationships
  2. Increase Visibility of Aboriginal Culture and Symbols on Campus
  3. Celebrate Success and Leverage Internal Expertise