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.

Orange Shirt Day

SRS September 23, 2020

We are 1 week away from Orange Shirt Day, September 30, 2020. We invite all SRS students, faculty, and staff to consider wearing an Orange shirt and to participate in a collective act of reconciliation. The SRS will join the Division of Social Accountability along with a number of divisions and departments within the College of Medicine and across the University of Saskatchewan campus, to participate in Orange Shirt Day on Wednesday, September 30, 2020.

Orange Shirt Day aims to promote awareness regarding the history of the Indian residential school system in our nation and the ongoing impact this system has on health equity among Indigenous peoples and communities.

We invite you to take time to recognize how wearing orange on September 30th represents your active commitment to building reconciliation within our families, communities, province, and nation. Wearing orange demonstrates your acknowledgement of the truths of our history of residential schools and their legacy, respect for survivors, and collectively remembering those who were (and continue to be) affected.

We also invite you to take time to participate, to learn more, and to take action. Please follow some of these links provided by the College of Medicine’s Division of Social Accountability… to read, listen, and learn more about residential schools and the symbolism of orange shirt day. There are links that will also invite you to take action by joining challenges and engaging in conversations and webinars, to impact change now and in the future.

Link to the DSA website:

https://medicine.usask.ca/social-accountability/events/orange-shirt.php

Please note: feel free to wear an orange t-shirt or alternatively, wear an orange t-shirt pin (available at the Wanuskewin shop (on-site or at the pop-up shop on Broadway Ave).

We look forward to seeing everyone wearing Orange on September 30th!

On behalf of
Teresa Paslawski, Associate Dean, and Cathy Arnold, Director,
School of Rehabilitation Science
And the Indigenous Engagement Working Group, School of Rehabilitation Science,
Sarah Oosman, Val Arnault-Pelletier, Peggy Proctor, and Stacey Lovo

Thank you to Bourassa & Associates and its partners Richard Bourassa, Anne-Marie Graham, Jaclyn Gaucher, and Tyler Friesen for your generous donation to the School of Rehabilitation Science! The gift is providing teaching and research equipment for physical therapy students.

Statement on Racism

The University President Dr. Peter Stoicheff has clearly articulated that words alone are not enough to support the Black Lives Matter movement. The BLM movement has helped many to ‘wake up’ to the systemic racism and oppression present the world over and to become aware of how it manifests in our communities, workplaces, and everyday lives. This is a time for self-reflection, a time to recognize one’s own privilege and implicit biases, and to practice active allyship to effect change. 

 The School of Rehabilitation Science and our faculty and staff stand in solidarity with those engaged in fighting racism against Black, Indigenous, and all racialized peoples in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada and beyond. As members of a School whose vision places emphasis on reconciliation and inclusion, we reaffirm our responsibility to take tangible actions to combat racism. 

 While we are proud of the relationships we have established and actions we have initiated to work together and understand our own attitudes, social constructs, and policies, we recognize the need to increase our efforts to combat racism and put words to action. We will begin by taking a closer look inwards to recognize and challenge the social justice issues within our rehabilitation and academic communities. We look forward to working closely with our College and University partners in advancing anti-racism and meaningful allyship.

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