Message from the President

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President’s Message – May 2018

Members of the University community,

It’s been a few years in the making but we are now just weeks away from the start of one of the largest and most prestigious conferences Regina has ever seen – the 2018 Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences. The event, which takes place May 26 to June 1, will transform our campus into the focal point of Canadian academic excitement. Attendees include thousands of academics, researchers, policy-makers, students and practitioners from across Canada.

“Gathering diversities” is the theme of this year’s Congress. The idea was suggested by First Nations University of Canada faculty member Jesse Archibald-Barber after a request went out for themes. It’s so appropriate considering our University is located on Treaty 4 territory with a presence in Treaty 6 – the ancestral lands of the Cree, Saulteaux, Dakota, Lakota and Nakoda nations and the traditional homeland of the Métis. Find out more at the Congress theme page located here.

The good news is that our call for volunteers was very well received. Thank you to each of you who has made a commitment to help us fulfil our goal of hosting the most memorable Congress ever. Once again, you have proven that Saskatchewan people’s generosity and hospitality are second-to-none. If you have been considering volunteering, it’s not too late. Simply go to the Congress volunteer webpage.

While much of Congress is directed towards the academic attendees, there are also an impressive number of free events that the general public will appreciate. There are literally hundreds of things to take in – tours, lectures, film screenings, round tables, Indigenous workshops and concerts. Take a look at the list of the many free educational and entertaining public events happening throughout the week. There’s also Community Connections, a series that showcases the University’s strength, and Cultural Connections, a showcase of the University’s strengths in art and technology. Whether your interests are in history, literature, politics, poetry, sociology, media, film or fine arts, there’s something for you and every member of your family.

Here are a few free events open to the community for you to consider attending:

Chief Perry Bellegarde, National Chief of the Assembly of First Nations
Saturday, May 26 - 10:30 a.m. until noon
Education Auditorium
Chief Bellegarde delivers: Education: The key to reconciliation

Buffy Sainte-Marie
Monday, May 28 - 7 p.m.
University Theatre in the Riddell Centre
Solo concert by the legendary singer-songwriter.

Jennifer Welsh lecture
Wednesday, May 30 – 4 p.m.-5:30 p.m.
University Theatre in the Riddell Centre
Dr. Welsh delivers: The decline of the West

Be sure to check out the “Big Thinking” lecture series. Accomplished scholars and public figures will lead lively debates about some of today’s most pressing global issues. Why not consider attending a lecture or two featuring these engaging individuals:

  • Françoise Baylis, Canada Research Chair in Bioethics and Philosophy at Dalhousie University;
  • Melina Laboucan-Massimo, a member of the Lubicon Cree First Nation and Indigenous Knowledge and Climate Change Fellow at the David Suzuki Foundation;
  • Margaret MacMillan, a professor of History at the University of Toronto, a former warden of St. Antony’s College, and a professor of International History at the University of Oxford;
  • Alaa Murabit, UN High-Level Commissioner on Health Employment & Economic Growth;
  • Christiane Taubira, former French Justice Minister; and
  • Marie Wilson, former CBC broadcaster and commissioner of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada.

I hope each of you can take in a part of this amazing academic and cultural event in some fashion. This is a great opportunity to showcase our University, city and province. Let’s show our visitors from across Canada the true meaning of Western hospitality. For a complete listing of Congress events open to the public, visit the Congress website.


Dr. Vianne Timmons
President and Vice-Chancellor