School of Rehabilitation Science

The School of Rehabilitation Science (formerly the School of Physical Therapy) is an academic unit within the College of Medicine and works closely with Health Science Colleges and Schools on campus.

Statement in Response to Recent Claims of False Indigenous Identity

On behalf of the School of Rehabilitation Science (SRS), the SRS nistotamawin committee acknowledges the pain, discomfort, frustration, and anger that has resulted from concerns related to claims that a USask scholar has falsely identified as Indigenous. The nistotamawin committee and the SRS continue to be dedicated to building, maintaining, and strengthening meaningful and trusting relationships with diverse Indigenous students, faculty, staff, and community members. We want to be clear, in the context of recent claims of false Indigenous identity , that we are committed to a practice of reconciliation in an ethical space of respect, responsibility, trust, relevance, reciprocity, and relationships that honour and uplift Indigenous experiences, knowledge, and worldview. We recognize that we have much work ahead of us as we find more ways to apply anti-racism and anti-oppression strategies in our SRS admissions processes and throughout our curriculum, teaching/learning practices, research, and administrative work. If anyone would like to discuss these issues in more depth with members of the nistotamawin committee, please reach out to any member of this committee. We stand in solidarity with Indigenous colleagues at this challenging time.

On behalf of the nistotamawin committee and the SRS,

Sarah Oosman
Val Arnault-Pelletier
Stacey Lovo
Peggy Proctor

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