Welcome to Stepping Stones: Resources for Indigenous Health, Wellness, and Reconciliation — a resource webpage hosted by the University of Saskatchewan (USask) Health Sciences to help meaningfully address current health inequalities rooted in colonization and systemic racism.
This initiative is in line with University Plan 2025 and addresses the university’s commitments to Courageous Curiosity, Boundless Collaboration, and Inspired Communities. In addition to helping uplift Indigenization by promoting Indigenous knowledge and supporting reconciliation and decolonization, this living webpage is one of the tangible ways that the Health Sciences Collective is responding to the calls to action issued in ohpahotân I oohpaahotaan, the Indigenous Strategy for the University of Saskatchewan.
The materials and activities listed below have been provided for people seeking to develop or enhance their understanding of — and approaches to — health and wellness through an Indigenous lens. Curated and annotated by a USask development team, these resources foster compassionate and respectful interactions through increased awareness, deeper understanding, and thoughtful consideration. It is the development team's understanding that community members, Elders, and Knowledge Keepers have contributed to the experiences, resources, and courses listed here or that those responsible for developing these materials did so with community involvement.
Follow the stepping stones to Indigenous health and wellness that resonate with you and self-direct your unique journey towards more appropriate, equitable, inclusive, and caring interactions.
Resources are categorized by format or theme (videos and webinars, readings, websites, activities, courses, and instructor resources) and are intended to continuously evolve and grow. Please check back periodically to review new additions.
Last update: May 2023
Videos and webinars
Download the PDF below to access full-length films, professional development webinars, recorded panel discussions, and more.
Download the PDF below to access academic publications, website articles, fact sheets, links to published books, and more.
Download the PDF below to access websites focussed on Truth and Reconciliation, Indigenous Peoples' histories, Indigenous medical education, and more.
Download the PDF below to access activities involving wellness planning, connecting with the environment, culturally safe community programs, and more.
Download the PDF below to access courses related to reconciliation, Indigenous worldviews, mental health first aid, and more.
Download the PDF below to access instructor resources exploring decolonization models, Indigenization, and how to provide culturally appropriate and relevant understandings into university curricula.
Development team members
The learning opportunities and resources listed on this page were curated by Indigenous and non-Indigenous development team members representing a number of health science units from the University of Saskatchewan:
- Amanda Froehlich Chow, School of Public Health
- Amrinderbir Singh, College of Dentistry
- Chantal Lecuyer, USask Health Sciences
- Emily Jenkins, Western College of Veterinary Medicine
- Sheryl Mills, USask Health Sciences
- Stacey Lovo, School of Rehabilitation Science
- Tania Kristoff, College of Nursing
- Veronica McKinney, College of Medicine
- Yvonne Shevchuk, College of Pharmacy & Nutrition