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U of S Survey Says Aboriginal Students Feel Less Comfortable On Campus Than Non-Aboriginal PDF Print E-mail
Written by Fraser Needham   
Tuesday, 18 November 2014 10:43

A new survey shows the University of Saskatchewan has some work to do when it comes to campus relations with Aboriginal students.

The survey shows Indigenous students are more likely to feel less comfortable or safe on campus than non-Aboriginal students.

Vice-provost of teaching and learning Patti McDougall says the survey also shows Aboriginal students are far more likely to have these feelings as a result of negative contact with other students rather than with staff and faculty.

“Our own data tells us that when there are negative instances, when there are negative behaviours, it’s often student to student,” she says. “In fact, it’s almost always student to student and the kinds of negative experiences that are happening are often based on race and ethnicity.”

She says one solution to this problem may be to Indigenize course content.

“One of the counter arguments I hear for that is that it would be more powerful and a stronger educational experience for us to be able to Indigenize and decolonize the curriculum across the board and in many different areas.”

McDougall says the university also needs to reach out to Aboriginal student leaders on campus as way of finding out how to make the university more culturally sensitive.

The survey also says sexual minority students and those with disabilities are more likely to have less positive experiences on campus.

A total of 85 per cent of students who participated feel regardless of gender, sexual orientation, race, ethnicity or ability everyone has an equal opportunity to succeed at the U of S.

Eighty-nine per cent of students felt they were treated fairly by professors and 90 per cent felt they were treated fairly by staff.

The survey was conducted in the fall of 2013 and had more than 5,200 students as participants.

PA Conference Focuses On Restorative Justice PDF Print E-mail
Written by Joel Willick   
Tuesday, 18 November 2014 10:41

The topics of justice, healing and forgiveness were discussed on Monday at a restorative justice conference in Prince Albert.

Restorative justice focuses on the needs of victims and involves the community, instead of just punishing the offender.

Monday’s conference, put on by the Prince Albert Grand Council’s alternative measures program, featured several presentations from different groups in the city currently practicing restorative justice.

“I just liked the idea of these different programs coming together and creating awareness on restorative justice,” Lissa Desureault of the PAGC justice unit says. “Restorative justice is basically dealing with criminal charges out of court and hopefully steering away from the formal court system and dealing with stuff in the community.”

She says many of these programs are successful in keeping people out of the court system and criminal record free.

The conference featured presentations by a judge, the chief of police, the Prince Albert Métis Women’s Association and the Salvation Army’s STOPLift program.

The keynote speaker for the day was Shannon Moroney, bestselling author of “Through the Glass.”

Moroney spoke about her journey of healing from an abusive husband.

Man Killed In Crash On Northern Logging Road PDF Print E-mail
Written by mbcnews   
Monday, 17 November 2014 16:13

A 62-year-old man is dead following the rollover of a semi on a northern Saskatchewan logging road earlier today.

RCMP say the single vehicle crash happened shortly after 7:00 a.m. on a grid road about 60 kilometres north of Meadow Lake.

The victim was removed from the vehicle by emergency crews but died on the way to hospital.

The man's name has not been released.

The Mounties continue to investigate.

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