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Department of Archaeology and Anthropology
University of Saskatchewan

Travelling Through Deep Time in the City of Saskatoon

Saskatoon, Saskatchewan is a unique community often referred to as the “Jewel of the Prairies”. It is also a very young city with early settlement beginning in the 1880’s as the local history suggests. This is a narrow view, however, and in fact Saskatoon has a continuous pre-Contact archaeological record spanning the past 6000 years. Centered on Wanuskewin Heritage Park located in the north end of the city, archaeological investigations over the past 40 years have demonstrated the importance of this phenomenal cultural historical record for our First Nations community and beyond.

“Travelling Through Deep Time in the City of Saskatoon” tells the story of how Wanuskewin came to be and highlights the major themes of the Park and some of the most improbable events that have transpired as part of its developmental history. Wanuskewin is currently on the path to achieving UNESCO World Heritage Site status celebrating the deeper history of the City of Saskatoon and the Northern Great Plains generally with the intent of bringing the world to our doorstep.

Date & Time: TBA


City Archivist, City of Saskatoon

Building Saskatoon

Although people have been living around and travelling through this stretch of the South Saskatchewan River for 11,000 years, the first permanent settlement here did not occur until 1883, and for the first twenty years, Saskatoon was little more than a handful of buildings clustered around a non-descript bend of the river.

That changed very quickly after 1903, and the next few years the song of Saskatoon was the sound of saws and hammers, of shovels hitting the earth and the voices of those who designed and built Saskatoon. This set the tone for the city’s history thereafter, as Saskatoon settled into a cycle of boom and bust; of bursts of frantic activity interspersed with long stretches of [economic malaise]. The result was the city we see around us today, which owes its [character] to the work and ideas of engineers and architects, planners and designers, tradesmen and labourers, from a variety of backgrounds, all of whom brought their own unique perspectives to the job at hand.

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University of Saskatchewan

Building Relationships with Indigenous Communities: What does true consultation look like?

The fundamentals for building successful, respectful, and meaningful relationships with Indigenous peoples, communities, and organizations are a necessary requirement in this time of Truth and Reconciliation. This half-day workshop scheduled within the general conference program will introduce participants to the Indigenous worldview concepts of wahkotowin and kiyokiwin, and the interaction of both when it comes to relationship building.

Date & Time: TBA

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