An important addition to the Health Sciences Building

Indigenous symbols in sections of the E-Wing and D-Wing are the result of collaboration with USask Health Sciences Indigenous Space & Visual Symbols Committee

A series of collaboratively developed Indigenous symbols was placed in select areas of the USask Health Sciences Building on Aug. 19 and 20, 2019.
A series of collaboratively developed Indigenous symbols was placed in select areas of the USask Health Sciences Building on Aug. 19 and 20, 2019.

On Aug. 19 and 20, 2019, symbols representing Indigenous cultures from Treaty Six and across Saskatchewan were placed into areas of the University of Saskatchewan (USask) Health Sciences Building E-Wing and D-Wing.

The project was led by the USask Health Sciences Indigenous Space & Visual Symbols Committee as part of a long-term strategy to uplift Indigenization of the building and to create a more welcoming space for Indigenous students, faculty, staff, and visitors.

Over 100 decals representing 12 collaboratively developed Indigenous symbols were installed onto glass panels as the first in a series of initiatives to weave Indigenous culture and teachings into the physical spaces of the Health Sciences Building.

Additional projects from the Health Sciences Indigenous Space & Visual Symbols Committee include the commission of a buffalo robe by Kawacatoose First Nation artist Robert (Bob) Badger and the display of photographic prints by Ivar Mendez accompanied by powwow teachings.

Learn more behind the meaning of the Indigenous symbols and the collaborative process behind their design.

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